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How To Grow Flowering Cherries

Flowering cherries provide a mass of colour in winter and early springFlowering cherries belong to the genus Prunus of which there are approximately 430 species plus countless hybrids. There are well...
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Very Irresistible Violets

Violets herald the warm days of spring and the promise of summer to comeThe sight of a bank of dainty little violets in spring is surely a sign that gladdens the heart and announces that spring has...
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How To Sow Brassica (Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli) Seed

Sow Brassicas for a year round supply of nutritious greensBrassicas are a large family of leafy vegetables, all requiring similar seed sowing techniques. They can be sown at various times of the year...
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How To Start Growing Vegetables

Grow your own!
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How To Grow Luscious Lilies

Lilies are one of my favourite flowers. Their scent will fill an entire room & their flowers make a striking statement whether in a vase, in a pot on the patio or in the garden. They come in a range...
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How To Sow Sweet Pepper And Chilli Seed Using A Heated Propagator

Chillies and peppers are cheap and easy to grow, nutritious and versatileThere are a huge range of chillies and peppers from the mild, sweet peppers to the mind blowing Carolina Reaper measuring...
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How To Grow Ruffled Velvet Camellias

Enjoy the sumptuous blooms of double camellias in your garden this springSpring is not known for its flamboyance, flowers tend to be small or low growing to keep out of the weather & who can blame...
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How To Grow Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)

'Arnold Promise'
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Best Potato Varieties To Grow In The Vegetable Garden

Choose the right potato variety with our easy to follow guideThere are absolutely masses of potato varieties and not all of them are suitable for all the different types of cooking so it pays to do a...
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How To Plant Up A Spring Container

Spring containers are easy to plant, cheap and cheerfulPlanting a spring container can be as cheap or expensive as you wish. The container can be almost anything which will hold compost and let the...
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How To ‘Chit’ Potatoes

Increase your crop of Early potatoes by 'chitting'‘Chitting’ means letting the potatoes put out shoots before you plant them in the ground. It is usually only done to First and Second Earlies and...
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Why do we have mistletoe at Christmas?

Mistletoe traditions and myths abound at Christmas Mistletoe is the epitome of Christmas and romance and has played a significant role in English celebrations for centuries, beginning with the ancient...
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How to store Christmas decorations

Colour co-ordinate and individually wrap baubles and they will remain in pristine condition Storing Christmas decorations with a little care can prevent breakages and if colour co-ordinated with a...
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How to store strings of Christmas lights

Make life a lot easier by taking a couple of extra minutes to store lights correctly Georgetown Fir artificial Christmas tree (pictured above) available pre-lit and unlit Storing your Christmas lights...
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How to store your Christmas wreaths and garlands

Extend the life of your wreaths and garlands by storing correctly Storing your wreaths and garlands correctly gives you a few extra years out of them and also makes putting them up the following year...
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How to store an artificial Christmas tree

Storing your tree correctly increases the lifespan and makes it easier to erect Anything that makes it easier to put up the Christmas tree must be a good thing, storing it correctly can be the first...
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How do I choose which lights I need at Christmas?

Who doesn't love the warm glow of festive lights on a cold, dark winter's evening Image above: LED snowball lights, glass icicles, crystallised branches, white frosted leaf garland, snowy pine...
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Why pay a fortune for a luxury artificial Christmas tree?

Think that a luxury artificial Christmas tree isn't worth the money? Think again Ridgedale Infinity (pictured above) Some people would regard a luxury tree as an absolute waste of money but given that...
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Best small artificial Christmas trees

Small can be beautiful, especially when it comes to decorated trees Just because you live in a small space it doesn’t mean that you have to do without a beautiful Christmas tree. The 90 – 120cm (3 – 4...
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December

The start of December promises a north to south split for the weather with the north being more cloudy & wet & the south drier with sunny spells. This is going to be followed by a period of rain then...
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Which decorations do I choose for a large tree?

A large tree can take huge, quirky decorations Large trees look absolutely stunning and you can more easily achieve the ‘wow’ factor with a large tree than you can with a smaller tree. A large tree in...
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When did we get the Christmas turkey?

Who doesn't look forward to the Christmas roast turkey? As soon as you mention Christmas the first thing that usually comes to mind is turkey, unless you’re about five and then its presents. In the UK...
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Where did Father Christmas come from?

Santa has worldwide recognition today; but it was not always so Everyone knows where Santa lives today, the North Pole of course, but it took several hundred years and numerous incarnations to arrive...
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How to have a Scandi style Christmas

A budget Christmas is easy to achieve with a cool muted colour palette Tree pictured above is a Vienna Fir Bright, brash Christmas decorations such as cerise pink, bright turquoise, orange and purple...
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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Real Christmas Tree

Follow our tips for buying your perfect Christmas tree There’s nothing quite like the smell of a real Christmas tree and for all the traditionalists there really is no contest as regards real v...
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Vegetarian BBQ: Swap your BBQ for a VVQ this summer

In summer 2018, over 41,000 cows were used to make BBQ meat - that’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium TWICE. 36,876,000 kg of meat was eaten, which is the equivalent weight of THREE Eiffel towers. 41...
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November

The weather has been fairly mild of late but temperatures have started dropping & the weather has been either wet or windy in the Lakes with no frost as yet. The forecast is for much of the same in...
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How To Decorate Your Christmas tree On A Budget

Keep down the cost of Christmas and have fun with the children making decorationsHowever hard you try to have an inexpensive Christmas the costs always seem to escalate, so anything we can do to save...
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How to choose the colours for your Christmas tree decorations

Don't know what colours go together? Follow our guide for a stylish treeWhen it comes to decorating Christmas trees anything goes, it is all a matter of personal taste, so if someone doesn’t like your...
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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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