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How to deal with sooty fungus

This mould can block sunlight and seriously retard plant growth Image above courtesy of Bidgee
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How to control vine weevil

Be vigilant and catch these pests before they destroy your plants Image above courtesy of Opuntia
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How to bake cornbread on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

Accompany chilli con carne with this iconic US staple; cornbread Cornbread is one of the staples of the barbecue, although more common in the USA than here in the UK. It is traditionally eaten with...
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How to cook hasselback potatoes on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

These delicious easy potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to your steak These potatoes are one of the staples of the American barbecue but we are starting to realise, here in the UK, that they are...
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How to bake chocolate brownie cookies on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

BBQs are not just for meat; why not try these simple chocolate cookies While you have the grill fired up why not do a bit of baking, and these chocolate brownie cookies are sure to go down a storm. We...
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How to cook sweet and sour chicken skewers on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

Try this twist on the favourite Chinese take-away; easy and delicious This classic Chinese favourite is really easy to cook on the BBQ; it just needs a few minutes preparation to make the marinade and...
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Fairy & Dragon World Competition 2018

Win tickets to visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland Enter our magical icy kingdom this winter in search of Santa, his reindeer and helpers with the 2 free tickets you could win in this year's...
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How to get rid of aphids (greenfly and blackfly)

Keep aphids under control with these handy hints and tips Aphids can be the bane of a gardeners life, they distort foliage, can infect certain species with virus and they exude a sweet sticky...
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How to grow sweetcorn

Try growing sweet, juicy sweet corn for grilling on the BBQ this summer Sweetcorn is one of the staple BBQ vegetables as it doesn’t need any prep, just throw it onto the grate, but like the aubergines...
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How to grow aubergines (eggplant)

Try growing healthy eggplant; delicious grilled on the charcoal BBQ Aubergines have the reputation of being quite tricky to grow as they need a long hot summer; it takes about 6 months from sowing the...
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How to grow courgettes (zucchini)

Easy to grow and delicious on the BBQ; why not try yellow courgettes Courgettes are really easy to grow and you can get quite a large number of fruits off just 2 or 3 plants but unfortunately they do...
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What is the white powder coming out of the cushions on my garden furniture?

White stains on your outdoor cushions? Could be excess Fire Retardant All garden furniture in the UK has to comply with fire regulations and as such a Fire Retardant coating is applied to all cushions...
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2018 Charity Fundraising

Help us support the vital North West Air Ambulance service It’s that time of year again when the Hayes Staff raise funds for charity, which this year is the North West Air Ambulance. One idea put...
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How to grow calla lilies

Plant easy colourful calla lilies for the border, containers or the house These beautiful, elegant lilies add a sculptural element to the late spring, early summer garden. Try growing a mass of them...
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How to care for outdoor wooden garden furniture

Extend the life of your timber furniture with a little maintenance Kingston teak bench (pictured above) First of all the question is how do you want your timber garden furniture to look; do you want...
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July

The forecast for July is continuing to look promising with occasional rain, wind or thunderstorms depending on where you live but on the whole temperatures will remain above average with dry and fine...
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Rose Festival Week 23rd June – 1st July 2018

Find space in your garden for the nation's favourite flower Rambling rose 'Francoise Juranville' at Sizergh Castle, Kendal, Cumbria This week we promote the glories of the nation’s favourite flower,...
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Mushrooms stuffed with goat’s cheese, caramelised onion, Parma ham and garlic cooked on the Weber Pulse 2000 electric BBQ

Try this versatile dish for breakfast, brunch or as an alternative burger This simple, quick recipe would make a fantastic breakfast, brunch or if you leave out the Parma ham and substitute the...
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Slow cooked diced lamb, Italian style, cooked on the Weber Genesis II E-310 gas BBQ

No skill required to cook this delicious super easy BBQ lamb dish This must be one of the easiest recipes to cook on the BBQ, all you do is throw all the ingredients, apart from the green beans, into...
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How to butterfly and make a pocket in chicken breasts

Two easy steps to making chicken even more versatile A lot of recipes call for butterflied chicken as it cooks quicker and more evenly, also if you are doing a chicken burger is needs to be a...
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Griddled chicken breasts with balsamic peaches cooked on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Serve plain grilled chicken with this quick, simple fruity accompaniment Fruit is not just for puddings, is also goes really well with a lot of savoury dishes, such as this chicken with balsamic...
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Chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella and sundried tomatoes cooked on a Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Add Mediterranean flavours to a chicken breast for a delicious BBQ dish This chicken dish is really easy and can be prepared in advance then kept in the fridge until about half an hour before you come...
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Pork chops with a chilli and garlic cream sauce cooked on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Elevate a plain grilled pork chop with this creamy piquant sauce We all cook plain grilled pork chops on the BBQ so why not elevate them with this chilli and garlic cream sauce and cook them in the...
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What is the Weber GS4 grilling system?

Genesis II and Spirit II all feature this performance enhancing system Weber is renowned for the superior quality of its construction and the high performance of their barbecues. They are always...
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Chicken escallope with roasted garlic, white wine and rosemary cooked on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Elevate chicken breasts from the mundane to the magnificent This chicken dish definitely got the vote for dish of the day on the first day’s filming. Initially we thought that the sauce would benefit...
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Thai style chicken thighs cooked on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Perk up plain chicken thighs with a sweet, sticky, chilli marinade This Thai inspired chicken dish is really easy as most of the flavour comes from the marinade which can be made in advance and kept...
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Burgers cooked on the Weber Pulse 2000 electric BBQ, MasterTouch charcoal BBQ and the Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Unsure which BBQ fuel is for you? Watch the video for inspiration We put three different BBQs up against each other by cooking the same standard burger on Weber BBQs using the 3 different cooking...
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Oriental style chicken wings cooked on the Weber electric Pulse 2000, charcoal MasterTouch and the gas Spirit II E-310 BBQs

BBQ comparison; do you have a favourite? This may just change your mind We are cooking about a kilo of chicken wings on each of 3 different Weber BBQ s; the electric Pulse 2000 , the gas Spirit II E...
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How to cook King Prawn Pad Thai on the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas BBQ

Don't have time to prepare meals? Try this quick, easy, delicious stir fry This recipe is really quick and easy and takes hardly any preparation, especially if you are using straight to wok noodles....
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How to cook crispy Asian style duck on the Weber Genesis II E-310 rotisserie

BBQ crispy Asian duck could not be easier; just add rub and rotisserie Cooking crispy duck is much easier than you think especially if you have a BBQ which has the facility for inserting a rotisserie...
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