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Store Re-opening

GREAT NEWS - The store is now open: 10:00 - 4:00 Monday - Friday Restaurants, cafes and pubs are allowed to open from Saturday 4th July, however please note our Four Seasons Restaurant and Toilets...
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Hayes Personal Shopping Service

STORE NOW OPEN Monday - Friday 10:00 - 4:00 Struggling to keep your garden looking good? We can help Although the store has reopened the Personal Shopper service will be available for the foreseeable...
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How To Support Your Cordon Tomatoes In The Greenhouse

Supporting tomatoes is easy with canes and stringOnly cordon tomatoes need some support as in the wild they would naturally grow to between 1 – 3m (3 – 10’), supported by other plants and sprawling...
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How To Add Height To Your Herbaceous Border

Herbaceous border at Sizergh Castle
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How to look after herbaceous perennials in summer

Keep your borders looking spectacular A border overflowing with glorious blooms in summer is the epitome of the English country garden. Although not easy to achieve, when it is at its peak there is...
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June

As we head into June with another Bank Holiday to see May out, the weather looks like it is going to be a mix of rain showers, strong winds & dry spells.
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Looking good

STORE NOW OPEN Monday - Friday 10:00 - 4:00 Lockdown doesn’t mean living in a wilderness If you are planning on visiting the store please click here to read the 'Safe Shopping' guidelines. As most of...
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Hayes Lockdown Donations

Brightness in the community When we regretfully had to close our doors at the beginning of the COVID Lockdown we had a store full of perishable items; bedding plants, summer bulbs, flowering...
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Garden Brainteaser

Garden games: name the iconic gardens from films in our challenging brainteasers When it comes to movies, actors tend to get all the limelight. But whilst A-listers may have made their names on the...
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How to keep chickens in the garden

Fancy producing your own delicious eggs? We’ve always taken for granted the fact that we can always nip to the shops for our foodstuffs and they will have what we need, but recent events have brought...
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How To Feed Tomatoes

Tomato 'Moneymaker'Feeding tomatoes regularly will produce a large crop of sweet tasty fruitTomatoes need different nutrients at different times of their life and they are quite greedy feeders so will...
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How To Earth Up Potatoes Growing In Bags And Containers

Increase the root area for a bigger cropYou will need:multi-purpose compostYou earth up potatoes in order to increase the amount of roots the plant grows. The more roots it has the more nutrients and...
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How to grow dianthus (pinks, carnations and sweet Williams)

Enjoy the sweet heady scent of pinks in summer Image above: Dianthus at Lakeland Horticultural Society garden, Holehird, Windermere Dainty pinks are one of the staples of the English cottage garden...
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Hayes Local Veg Donation

This piece was written by Pete Martin from the local allotment group, and features on the Cumbria in Bloom website. We were only too happy to donate goods which would otherwise have gone to waste...
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How to care for roses in summer

Have roses blooming well into autumn Roses are the nation’s favourite flower and with good reason, they look gorgeous, will flower into autumn and as a bonus can smell absolutely sublime. There are...
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Veggies in the front garden?

Ditch the roses around the front door, try runner beans instead There’s a revolution going on in the world of vegetable growing, they are bang on trend with a younger generation of millennial...
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How To Plant Up A Container With Summer Bedding Plants

Fill your old wellies with cheap summer bedding plants for instant colourA vibrant display of summer bedding need not cost a fortune, just recycle some old wellies, old boots, a holey bucket, anything...
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How To Plant Up A Trough With Summer Bedding Plants

Brighten up your windowsill with a trough full of colourful beddingYou will need for a 45cm (18”) trough:windowsill troughplants: 4 tall upright plants for the back; 10 normal bedding plants and 6...
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How To Plant Up A Hanging Basket With Summer Bedding Plants

Create a stunning hanging basket with our step by step instructionsYou will need:hanging basket; (hanging basket liner + piece of plastic) – if using a wire basketmulti-purpose compostplants (about 1...
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How to cook Cajun prawns on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Fresh spicy prawns cooked in minutes make for a delicious appetiserThis is one of the quickest dishes to cook on the BBQ, literally taking about 5 – 10 minutes to assemble and prep the ingredients and...
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Beef stir fry with ginger & sesame cooked on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Delicious and easy; dinner in less than 20 minutes, start to finishThis simple stir fry is incredibly quick to prepare and cook, ask your butcher to cut the steak into strips then all you have to do...
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Salmon burgers cooked on the Kadai Indian Fire Bowl

Try this healthy alternative to the beefburger; lightly smoked salmonYou can have a healthy burger, just try these delicious salmon versions, made with lightly smoked salmon fillets for an extra level...
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Smoked bacon & mushroom risotto cooked on the Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Try this delicious easy one-pot supper risotto on the grillWhy not try making a risotto on the BBQ, it’s much easier than you think and is a really tasty one-pot supper dish. Obviously if you want to...
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How to cook kung pao chicken on the Weber Master-Touch charcoal BBQ

Eat healthy BBQ with this quick to cook Asian stir fry in the wokThis chicken dish is a really quick supper dish for a busy weekday as it only takes minutes to cook. The only time spent is in...
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How to cook Asian style salmon on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Raise salmon to the sublime with wood smoke and a sticky Asian glazeAs an antidote to all the meat usually cooked on the barbecue why not try this really easy salmon, packed with aromatic Asian...
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Masala lamb steaks with chilli slaw and mint yogurt cooked on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

Serve this versatile dish as a light summer dish, as a wrap or in rollAgain we’re going with the Asian flavours for these delicious lamb steaks. All the prep can be done in advance so all you have to...
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Chicken curry skewers cooked on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

Tender tasty pieces of chicken served as a nibble with dips and chutneyThese skewers are ideal for cooking on the barbecue if you love curry but don’t have a Dutch oven, skillet or a wok to cook a...
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How To Cook Baked Eggs In A Spicy Tomato Sauce On The Weber Griddle Barbecue Accessory

Spice up breakfast with this egg, tomato and feta cheese dishThis video, featuring Richard Holden the Gourmet BBQ chef, shows you how to cook Spicy Tomatoes with Baked Eggs on the Griddle which is...
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How to cook Caribbean jerk-style steak on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

Perk up a plain steak with this marinade packed full of flavourAgain this recipe is really easy as all the work is in the marinade which can be done beforehand and the steaks left in it for an hour...
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What Vegetables Can I Grow In Containers And Small Spaces?

Home-grown vegetables are possible in a small space with a limited budgetJust because you don’t have much space doesn’t mean that you can’t save money and have tasty nutritious vegetables. If you are...
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