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National BBQ Week – Recipes from around the world

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The dream of a sizzling hot grill cooking our favourite meats is no longer a central heating fuelled obsession – summer is finally here.

In celebration of National BBQ Week, LTGL have some found some of the tastiest (and unusual) BBQ recipes from around the world for you to try in your own back yard.

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Transplanting Seedlings

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Transplanting seedlings to bigger pots and eventually into the ground isn’t as straight forward as it would seem.  Care needs to be taken concerning when and how you transplant your precious seedlings; otherwise all your hard work could be undone in one afternoon.

Top Tip: Unless there’s a heatwave in May, all you edible plants will need to be hardened off, before being permanently left outside to mature.  Do this by leaving the plants out during the day and bringing them in at night.  You can leave them outside permanently after a week and so long as night temperatures are on or exceed 12º – 13º (54-55 ºF).

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Creating the perfect lawn by Adam Woolcott

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Creating the perfect lawn is a favourite British pastime and thanks to our damp climate grass grows very well in the British Isles. Modern breeding techniques have also created grass varieties for many different aspects and situations such as shady areas, high footfall areas and grass that looks like carpet for tennis courts and golf courses.

When creating a lawn the first thing to consider is what you wish to use it for, this will dictate the variety of seed or turf to use and the aspect and growing conditions.

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Garden Party Top Tips

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The garden party season is upon us! Whether you’re having a barbecue, dining al fresco or simply indulging in a few drinks at dusk, our Top Garden Party Ideas will help you to become this season’s hottest host. Make sure you make the most of the warmer weather and don’t disappoint as a host. Our top tips are sure to prove a success with your family and friends.  

 

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What to plant in your VegTrug by Adam Woolcott

What to plant in your VegTrug by Adam Woolcott

VegTrugs are a fun and easy way to grow vegetables and have many advantages over traditional fixed veg plots. You can select the right soil for each plant you want to grow, move your veg to where suits it best, and even plant veg without a garden.

Due to their raised nature, vegetables grown in VegTrugs are less susceptible to pests, especially slugs, snails and carrot root fly. The ergonomic design gives people with bad backs and wheelchair users the freedom to enjoy gardening. It’s so much easier to water and care for your vegetables in the raised position of a VegTrug.

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What to Sow and Grow in May!

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The month of May can be a confusing time for many gardeners, as the weather warms and we move closer to summer, it can become uncertain as to when it’s too late to grow vegetable seeds.

Whilst for some varieties of plants like strawberries and tomatoes this is very true, there’s still methods to get a bountiful harvest with just a few tricks.

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May Newsletter by Adam Woolcott

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Now we’re into May with warmer and longer days we can really start to enjoy our garden spaces and think about the rest of spring and the coming summer.

May is the month when the garden really does come to life and we can finally forget about frost and snow! Now is the time to bring out the garden furniture and if it’s looking lacklustre a good high pressure wash with your ‘Karcher’ followed by some wood stain will do the trick.

Don’t forget to spruce up your fence panels for the summer season. Why not bring out and clean up the barbecue too? Making sure you have enough stock of charcoal ready as the evenings become warmer.

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How to grow Oleanders by Adam Woolcott

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The warmer winters of recent years have helped oleanders/Nerium oleander to become more and more popular.These beautiful shrubs come in an amazing range of colours; whites, pinks, yellows and reds and boast year round shiny evergreen, willow shaped leaves.They’re probably one of the first flowering shrubs you see when you arrive in Spain and Greece, or even Mexico and India! But don’t let this put you off as they’ll thrive very well here in the cooler UK as well.

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Growing Strawberries by Adam Woolcott

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If you’re confident growing vegetables but want to expand into fruit growing, then strawberries are the ideal candidate, they’re incredibly easy to grow, hardy and versatile.

Strawberries like an open, sunny position in moisture retentive but well drained soil containing some organic matter. If your soil is poor the addition of garden compost, bought compost or well- rotted manure to the soil will greatly improve their vigour. You don’t just have to plant strawberries directly into the ground as they will perform incredibly well grown in pots, troughs or even hanging baskets, I would however avoid growing them in greenhouses unless the greenhouse is extremely well ventilated and temperature controlled.

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