Outdoor Living

Apr 18
BY Angela Slater
herbaceous border, Levens Hall, Cumbria
Spring is here, summer is coming so now is the time to start growing Levens Hall, Cumbria (pictured above) READ MORE
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Apr 16
BY Angela Slater
elephant graphic in flowers
Get kids interested in gardening by planting a whole host of animals Ever thought of having lions and tigers in the garden? Well now you can with Lion’s Ear and Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ or how about some Elephant’s Ears? Anything that gets children interested in gardening and the natural world has to be a good thing and growing plants named after their favourite animals might just be the thing that... READ MORE
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Apr 16
BY Angela Slater
children's hands holding pink flower heads
Make your garden a safe haven where kids can play and grow their own vegs Engaging your child with the natural world is becoming more important than ever, as in this technological world we are becoming more and more distanced from nature, the elements and from taking even a modest amount of exercise. Engaging your child in the natural wonders of the garden can lead them to also becoming curious... READ MORE
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Apr 13
BY Angela Slater
black and white collie dog resting on pink phlox flowers
Make your garden dog friendly and avoid any future problems If you keep dogs then you will probably have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re never going to have a perfect garden, but there are several steps you can take to keep your pet safe and the garden looking as good as possible. First of all you need to secure the garden to prevent your pet from escaping. For a large active dog you... READ MORE
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Apr 13
BY Angela Slater
kitten up a tree
Hints and tips to make your garden a happy, healthy cat-friendly space It is much easier to have a cat-friendly garden than it is a dog garden as you cannot contain a cat in a garden and they don’t usually eat plants so poisoning is quite rare. There are quite a few plants which can cause illness in cats, most notable is lily pollen and this is achieved quite easily as all the cat has to do is... READ MORE
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Apr 13
BY Angela Slater
Hartman Florence Emberglow Gas Fire Pit Set
Increase your living space and make the most of the outdoors Hartman Florence Emberglow Gas Fire Pit Set (pictured above) READ MORE
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Dec 22
BY Angela Slater
Carrot cupcakes baked on the Traeger Pro 22 wood pellet grill
Barbecues are not only for meat; try these sweet little tea-time treats Ingredients: 2 eggs 1teasp vanilla essence 1teasp orange zest 1/2 cup + 2tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup caster sugar 1 cup plain flour 1 1/2teasp cinnamon 1teasp baking powder 1/2lb carrots; finely grated pinch salt Frosting: READ MORE
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Dec 22
BY Angela Slater
Bread & butter pudding cooked on the Traeger Pro 22 wood pellet grill
Cook this scrumptuous, easy bread and butter pudding on any BBQ Ingredients: 150g raisins and sultanas; mixed 75g caster sugar zest of 1 lemon 1/2teasp mixed spice Thick white bread; crusts removed 100g butter; melted Custard: READ MORE
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Dec 22
BY Angela Slater
Beef stew with sourdough bread cooked on the Traeger Timberline 850 grill
Slow cook a winter warming stew on the BBQ for a no-fuss dinner Ingredients: READ MORE
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Dec 22
BY Angela Slater
Beef goulash cooked on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill
Easily and slowly cook this delicious winter warmer on the barbecue Ingredients: READ MORE
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