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Jul 21
BY Angela Slater
BarrelQ oil drum BBQ - fire pit - side table
The versatile traditional urban oil drum BBQ/fire pit/side table Image above courtesy of BarrelQ READ MORE
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Jul 20
BY Angela Slater
Temperature probe inserted into a shoulder of lamb on the Traeger grill
Invest in a digital read thermometer for perfect results every time Temperature probe inserted into a shoulder of lamb on the Traeger grill (pictured above) READ MORE
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Jul 20
BY Angela Slater
Alfa Toto wood fired oven and BBQ/grill
Enhance your outdoor living space with a chic Italian cooking centre Alfa, the iconic Italian manufacturer of stylish wood fired ovens, has brought out the Toto, a new BBQ/grill and wood fired oven combined in one unit. This gorgeous piece of kit means that you can cook almost anything out of doors that you can cook in the kitchen, so why not make the most of the long summer days and enhance your... READ MORE
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Jul 10
BY Angela Slater
Fairfield Horseshoe from Hayes Garden World, Ambleside
1,000 years of human activity recognised as influencing the landscape The Lake District was awarded World Heritage status on Sunday 9th July at the UNESCO 41st session in Krakow, Poland. Out of 33 sites nominated only 3 were awarded Heritage status; along with the Lake District, Aphrodisias in Turkey and Valongo Wharf in Brazil, were both awarded the status for their archaeological heritage. READ MORE
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Jul 07
BY Angela Slater
Penstemon Volcano Vesuvius
How do I grow penstemons? Penstemons are one of the best value herbaceous plants as they will flower from June until well into autumn and also make lovely cut flowers. They have masses of spikes of small foxglove-like flowers in a huge range of colours, except yellow which is very rare, which are loved by the bees. There are about 250 - 275 wild species but the majority of our garden hybrids are... READ MORE
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Jun 28
BY Angela Slater
Herbaceous border in English cottage style garden
Better blooms and more nutritious vegs arise from healthy soil A healthy, fertile soil is capable of growing healthy plants which, in the case of fruit and vegetables, produces a nutritionally rich crop. It contains a balance of minerals, trace elements and nutrients, supports a healthy micro-life; fungi, microbes, earthworms, bacteria and nematodes. READ MORE
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Jun 28
BY Julie Parker
Crocosmia
The forecast for the first half of July is unsettled with wetter weather in the north & west leaving the south drier although more thunderstorms are forecast for the whole country. This weather continues into the second half of July with the possibility of warmer & drier spells in the south which may spread further north as the month progresses. This combination of average summer... READ MORE
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Jun 27
BY Angela Slater
Hydrangea petiolaris at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Clothe that problem shady area in flowers and scent Hydrangea petiolaris at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria READ MORE
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Jun 26
BY Angela Slater
Christmas pudding & brandy sauce cooked in the GBS wok/steamer on the Weber BBQ
Fire up the BBQ in winter to cook plum pudding and brandy sauce Why not put your GBS (Gourmet Barbecue System) wok with steamer to good use in winter by cooking your Christmas pudding on the BBQ. READ MORE
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Jun 26
BY Angela Slater
Christmas pigs in blankets cooked on the Weber charcoal MasterTouch BBQ
Wrap pork chipolatas in streaky bacon to accompany the Christmas turkey These pigs in blankets are really easy to cook on the BBQ, we have grilled them on a charcoal Weber MasterTouch BBQ which imparts a little smokiness into them giving an additional subtle flavour. READ MORE
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