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Patch up your lawn

Dead patches in the middle of your lawn are easy to fix. Follow our step-by-step guide to make your lawn somewhere to stretch out and relax on, or where the kids can bowl a straight ball in a backyard game of cricket. Use a garden fork to loosen up the area, then turn over the … Continue reading Patch up your lawn

Pets
How much water does your pet need?

Just as gardens and their owners need more water in summer, so do our pets. What is normal water consumption for a cat or a dog? Their hydration needs vary hugely, depending on their size, their age and their general health, among other factors. Dogs can drink up to 90ml per kilogram of bodyweight per … Continue reading How much water does your pet need?

Fun in the kitchen with fruit leathers

Fruit leathers are a great way to use up slightly overripe produce, and they can be made with raw or cooked fruit. Try combining fruits, such as strawberry and apple, or pineapple and raspberry, to produce interesting flavours. Some turn out more leathery, or chewy, than others. Enjoy experimenting! Wash and peel the fruit, then remove … Continue reading Fun in the kitchen with fruit leathers

Make a trendy terrarium
Make a trendy terrarium

Enclosed terrariums (mini-gardens in sealed glass containers) were all the rage in the 1970s, but the terrariums of 2018 are a little different in look and style. Modern terrariums are partially open and are often in chunky containers or balls of glass. Rather than containing ferns and tropical plants, they are drier environments, ideal for … Continue reading Make a trendy terrarium

Bite-size barbies that are big on sizzle
Bite-size barbies that are big on sizzle

 Not much room in your entertaining area? Not so many mouths to feed? Barbecues don’t have to dominate. A compact model can cook quite enough for your needs plus they are often easier to clean, as components may fit in the dishwasher or the laundry tub. Cooking fuel Different models use charcoal, LPG gas or … Continue reading Bite-size barbies that are big on sizzle

Take cuttings of shrubs and perennials

Summer has arrived, your garden is looking gorgeous, but soon the heat will see your wonderful display start to wilt. So whip out your secateurs and take some cuttings of much-loved shrubs and perennials to build up your stock and create replacement plants. Think about looking in family, friends’ and neighbours’ gardens too – and … Continue reading Take cuttings of shrubs and perennials

Ways to use a grapevine
Ways to use a grapevine

Are you enjoying sitting under a shady grapevine this summer? As you while away the hot days, revelling in your clever choice of a natural shady nook, Jackie French explores many other uses for those versatile vines… Grape wood prunings make excellent summer barbecue skewers. Some woods are toxic, but grape wood is safe and … Continue reading Ways to use a grapevine