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Garden Decking Ideas – Angled Deck with Access Panels

Angled Decking with access panels Garden Decking Ideas Angled Deck with Access Panels This deck is still an easy one to build but has a few more issues that need to be addressed before the work can be started. The position of the deck coincides with a manhole cover, two drains and a drainpipe. Fortunately, these elements are all easy to work into the finished deck and the design is such that they are still readily accessible. The Read more ...

20. February 2011 by admin
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How to Fit A Door Under the Stairs and Under Stairs Storage

How to Fit A Door Under the Stairs and Under Stairs Storage Fitting a Door Beneath the Stairs With the basic panel below the stairs completed you could just decorate it to match the room. However, adding a door, fielded panelling and other details will create a more finished appearance and you can choose the look which best suits the overall style of your home. Tools for the Job: tape measure & pencil fine handsaw or jigsaw sharp plane hammer G-cramps nail Read more ...

15. December 2010 by admin
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Plants | Water and Watering

Although they look fairly solid, green plants are about 95 per cent water. They wilt when not watered. Water also provides plants with their own internal transport system, moving nutrients and manufactured carbohydrates and hormones to wherever they are needed, in order for the plant to grow, survive and reproduce. LEAVE IT TO NATURE In the wild, plants get by without being watered. Our garden Read more ...

27. May 2014 by admin
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How Plants Grow |Plant Factories

The Science of Plant Growth Everyone has to start somewhere, so instead of thinking about what to do first or how to plan your garden, start with a tidy up. You may be surprised by what you find. Old shopping trolleys and bikes spring to mind here – as our introduction to our current garden – but that’s not always the case. Someone once told me to do nothing but tidy for the first year, until Read more ...

26. May 2014 by admin
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Soil Types

Doing the Groundwork Soil Soil doesn’t look very exciting, but it provides the heart of the garden. It is like a supermarket, supplying water, air and food to the plants it has growing in it. It also gives roots something to grip onto, so that they can hold plants upright. To garden successfully, you need to know a bit about your soil. This can vary from garden to garden, or, in some cases, within Read more ...

26. May 2014 by admin
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First Time Gardening

Congratulations on becoming the custodian of your own garden space — or commiserations if you have reluctantly taken over a house or flat with a garden and you’re not yet a gardening fan. Gardening is an activity that has often been seen as something for the middle aged and elderly; something the young people in my family have always loathed by association with a grown-up activity, but there’s Read more ...

26. May 2014 by admin
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Guide to Cooking with Wine

SOME HINTS ON COOKING WITH WINE There are scores of ways in which wine is useful in the kitchen, but very few of them indeed call for particularly good-quality wine, and no way is more important than that of refreshing the cook! Cooking also calls for all sorts of awkward quantities of wine, usually considerably less than a full bottle. Some people keep a ‘cooking wine’ bottle by the stove regularly Read more ...

05. November 2013 by admin
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When to Drink Wine With Food

FOOD AND WINE It is sad that people worry so much about matching wine with food, as it really matters so little. The only important aspect is that you enjoy it. Even the best-known ‘rule’, which dictates that you must drink red wine with meat and white wine with fish, was made to be broken. Fish tends to be more delicate than meat. White wines tend to be more delicate than red and to have Read more ...

05. November 2013 by admin
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Getting the Right Nutrients for Healthy Eating

replacing-a-valve-3-4.jpg Balancing your diet A good daily diet should include a variety of foods from each of four groups: fruit and vegetables (five portions); cereals, breads and grain products (four portions); milk and dairy products (two portions); and poultry, meat, fish, pulses and eggs (two portions). How much protein? Seventy-five grammes (2-1/2 oz) a day is plenty for most people's needs, and any normal, balanced Read more ...

05. November 2013 by admin
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Daily Diet | Supply of vitamins

Make room for raw food Crisp salads, fresh fruit and crunchy raw vegetables should be part of everyone's daily diet. They are rich in vitamins that soon get lost in cooking and processing. Cut down on cooking Steam vegetables whenever possible, rather than boiling, to conserve vitamins. If you do boil them, use the least amount of water you can and keep it boiling briskly so that the cooking time Read more ...

04. November 2013 by admin
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Planning Your Food Shopping

OUT AT THE SHOPS Try to do as much shopping as you can on a single weekly expedition and make a comprehensive shopping list. Keep a basic list of items you need regularly every week and add to it as you notice stocks getting low. Also add any ingredients called for in your weekly meal Don't shop when you're hungry You'll buy too much and go for things you feel like at the time, rather than ones that Read more ...

04. November 2013 by admin
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How to Tell When Fruit is Ripe

HOW TO TELL WHEN FRUIT IS RIPE Melons Sniff the stalk end: a sweet, heady scent means a melon is ready to eat. Alternatively, press the end and see if it gives slightly. Kiwi fruit Feel for slight softness. Pineapples The centre leaves will pull out easily when the fruit is ripe. Bananas Ripe bananas have yellow skins evenly speckled with small brown spots, and no trace of greenness. Don't Read more ...

04. November 2013 by admin
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