Garden Care In July

With the hotter summer weather now here it is time to sit back and enjoy your garden. There are still some jobs that will need doing however to keep your garden looking at its best.

A few tips for this month:

Keep new plants well watered remembering also to water vegetable and fruit crops regularly.

Hoe off weeds as these will thrive in the hot weather.

Cut back hanging baskets to encourage new growth.

Deadhead your roses

Keep bird baths topped up with water for your feathered visitors.

Most of all, enjoy your garden and all the hard work you have put in over the year.

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Handy Travel Tips

Going away for a Summer holiday this year? Here are some handy tips to help you to prepare. The key to a stress free and enjoyable holiday is in the planning and preparation!

Keep your passport or travel documents safe in a wallet where you will easily be able to get your hands on them when they are needed. 

Keep a note of important phone numbers in with your important documents. Even if you are taking your phone which contains these numbers, it is a good idea to keep a copy in case you should lose your phone.

Keep your money safe. Wear a pouch, like the hideaway wallet containing your money, cards and phone rather than carrying a bag. Where possible, wear this pouch under your top layer of clothes to keep it from sight and reach. 

Leave early. It can be very busy and easy to get held up especially during peak times such as the school holidays.  Plan your journey and leave early. It is always better to be early and enjoy a rest and refreshments than feel you are rushing or risk being late.

Fill up your car the day before. If you are travelling by car, visit the petrol station the day prior to travel to avoid any unnecessary delays on your travel day.

Have plenty of refreshments to hand. Keep drinks and snacks to hand, especially when travelling with children to keep everyone fully refreshed and full of energy.

Fully charge your phone. If you are taking your phone on holiday with you, ensure it is fully charged before you leave and that you have packed any required chargers. 

Be ready for your dirty washing. Don’t forget to pack laundry bags in which to place any dirty or wet washing on your holiday to keep it away from your clean clothes.

And check out these handy travel laundry papers for any items of clothing you need to wash while you are away. Simply dissolve in warm or cold water to wash swimwear, underwear and socks with ease.

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Get Your 5 A Day, The Easy Way

Fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre and can help us to stay healthy. However, it’s not always easy to fit your recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg into your daily routine.

Try some of these handy tips and ideas to increase your intake.

  • Keep healthy treats handy. Each morning, prepare  containers with freshly cut fruit and veg and keep them in the fridge ready for when you get the munchies. If the produce is ready prepared, you are more likely to reach for this as a tasty snack rather than an unhealthy convenience food.  You can even use the Apple Peeler and Slicer to take the fuss out of slicing and coring apples. Simply position above the apple and push down.
  • Always include a portion of fruit or vegetable at Breakfast to start your day the right way. Fresh or dried fruit sprinkled on top of cereal or yoghurt makes a delicious breakfast. Chopped tomatoes or mushrooms also make a great addition to scrambled eggs.
  • Have a glass of juice. One glass of juice (150ml) of unsweetened juice counts as one of your 5 a day.
  • Have a smoothie. Take a look at our blog for The Benefits of Juicing and some yummy recipes.
  • Fresh, Canned and Frozen all count. Whether you use frozen, fresh or canned fruit and veg, it all counts and so choose whatever is easiest for you.
  • Try a new vegetable or fruit every week. Try to get into the habit of trying a new fruit or vegetable as a family each week. This can be fun for the whole family and a great way to get everyone trying new things and finding new foods and recipes they like.

For more tips and ideas we like take a look at our Juicing, Blending & Smoothies and Healthier, Leaner, Slimmer  boards on Pinterest.

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Can’t see the sun through your dirty windows? Time to wash the grime away!

It’s lovely to see the sun shining in through the windows unless of course your windows are dirty, smeared or streaky.  Keeping your windows clean can be a physically demanding task and one which many of us put off.  Either that or it can be costly to pay someone to keep your windows sparkling.

Whilst internal windows shouldn’t require more than a spray and wipe over with a soft cloth, the external windows can be a harder task.  The right cleaning products, equipment and a few handy tips can make cleaning your windows a much easier job yielding great results.

Don’t forget the frames! Before getting stuck in on the windows, grab yourself a brush and clear away those cobwebs and loose dirt from the frames and windows. This will save you time later – you don’t want these in your water or on your squeegee when you are trying for that perfect finish.

A targeted solution like the PVCu Frame And Garden Furniture Cleaner can cut through grease, grime, dust and dirty marks left on secondary and double-glazed PVCu to ensure your frames and fittings look as good as the day they were first fitted.

Soap and Warm Water - Next, wash your windows with a sponge and warm water with washing up liquid – go very sparingly with the suds though, a little goes a long way, too much and you’ll have trouble!

Remove Excess Water - Use a squeegee to wipe off the excess dirty water. The Water Blade has a soft, flexible rubber seal and removes water and cleaning products quickly and easily. The Silicone Water Blade with Telescopic Handle even helps you with those hard to reach windows.

Finishing – try a product like our best selling Smear Free Window Foam which cuts the time it takes to clean windows and leaves them crystal clear and sparkling.  Just spray onto windows and watch as the foam makes light work of dust and stubborn dirt or grease and provides a streak and smear free finish – without the need for lots of hard scrubbing and polishing. Simply buff away with a soft cloth.

Sit back and admire the sunshine!

TIP! Do not wash your windows when the sun is strong! You will have trouble getting the window streak free if the sun dries it too quickly.

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A Recipe for Father’s Day – Bacon, Sausage, Egg, Cheese & Mushroom Puff Pastry Parcels

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday 21st June. Why not be prepared to whip him up a super duper brunch on his special day, an alternative to the traditional cooked breakfast? – allowing him an indulgent lie in first of course!

Bacon, Sausage, Egg, Cheese and Mushroom Puff Pastry Parcels

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Rashers of your preferred bacon
  • 2 good quality sausages of your choice
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of Milk
  • Handful of Mushrooms. Washed and sliced.
  • 500g pack puff pastry
  • Handful of grated cheese
  • Milk, for glazing
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C.

Chop and lightly fry the bacon and mushrooms.

The Ultimate Frying Pan

Grill sausages until cooked. Cut in to bite size chunks.

Break eggs in to a jug and add milk and seasoning. Beat together. Cook this scrambled egg mixture by either heating in a saucepan or using your microwave. Take care to leave it moist and not to overcook.

Prepare your pastry so that you have four squares of pastry, each of a size of approximately 8cm x 8cm. Lay these out on to parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Great British Bakeware Medium Oven Tray

Divide your sausages, mushrooms, bacon and egg mixture between the four squares before sprinkling with grated cheese.

Fold the corners of the pastry in to meet each other in the middle before brushing with milk.

Place into the preheated oven and cook for 25mins or until the filling is cooked and pastry golden brown.

Betterware is always on hand with the kitchen tools you will need to make the tastiest meals and snacks in your home.

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Keep Cool As Temperatures Rise

Whether you like the hot weather or not, you will be looking for ways to keep cool as the temperatures rise this Summer. Try these handy tips, great for keeping cool and helping you to stay comfortable in the warmer weather. 

  • Eat ice lollies rather than having the oven on baking cakes.
  • Use a fan to cool the air – place a bowl of iced water in front to chill the air further.
  • Avoid using your main oven, use a slow cooker, have a bbq or enjoy a range of salads.
  • Dress in lighter clothing which is ideally loose and made from cotton. 
  • Take a tepid bath or shower just before bed to lower your temperature. Do not be tempted to have the water too cold as this makes your body generate more heat to compensate for the heat lost.
  • Sleep under a sheet/duvet cover with no duvet.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge to spritz yourself when feeling the heat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated – avoid alcohol which dehydrates the body.
  • Keep curtains drawn when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Swap your synthetic pillow which retains heat for a feather pillow.
  • Fill a hot water bottle with ice water and take it to bed to keep you cool.
  • Keep dogs cool by making them flavoured ice cubes to lick or even give them a frozen carrot in place of a bone. 

 

 

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Repurposing our Betterware Products

We love Pinterest, especially for looking for creative ideas to use everyday items in an alternative way. We have chosen 2 of our favourites to share with you. If you fancy being creative, read on!

The Cake Tin

Cake tins make the perfect shaped Stepping Stones for your garden! This is a great activity to do with children and can make a fab feature for your garden and are equally lovely given as presents to loved ones, especially as you can personalise them!

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You Will Need:

Cake tin/s

WD40 Spray

Cement (Ready mixed is ideal for these small projects).

Trowel

Items to decorate your stepping stones with – we love glass pebbles,you can get all sorts of shapes including hearts and broken pieces of pottery are ideal for this project.

Spray your Cake tin with WD40.

Place  cement in cake mould and smooth the top with trowel.

Now the fun bit – decorate your stepping stone! You can do handprints, designs with glass pebbles/marbles/broken pieces of pottery, even use pretty seashells and pebbles you have collected.

Allow to dry for a few days.

Carefully remove from moulds.

Place in desired location for admiration!

 

You could also reverse the process, first placing your pebbles etc in the cake tin before layering the cement on the top.

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Why not try our Decorative Silicone Mould for an extra special stepping stone?

Shaped Cake Moulds

Using cupcake moulds, you can easily create Bird Feeders for your garden.

You Will Need:

Cake Moulds, silicone or tin will both work

Bird Seed/other chosen bird treats

Peanut Butter

Lard at room temperature

Mixing bowl

Wooden spoon

Short Wooden skewers/twigs

String

 

Simply mix peanut butter, lard and bird seed together in a mixing bowl. Grease cake moulds.

Fill cake moulds with bird feed mixture.

Place a skewer in each mould to create a hole through the mix.

Place in the fridge and allow to set.

Carefully remove from moulds

Remove skewers and loop string through the hole.

Hang on your tree or in desired location and watch the birds!

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Why  not try these fun shapes for the birds!

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5 Tools to Help You Rid Your Garden of Weeds

Keeping your garden tidy and looking good is a never ending job.  There is always something that needs cutting back, trimming, or planting.  One continual task is weeding.  Weeds can sprout up everywhere and anywhere, they’re resilient and stubborn and eradicating your garden of weeds can be tough and tiresome.

We have always aimed to keep our gardening range full of useful and innovative products.  Our range includes various tools to help you win in the battle against weeds.  Here are just 5 that our customers love.

Weed Killer

Weed Killer 450ml

 

This ready to use formula works to ensure, that once applied, weeds are gone for good.  It treats up to 15 square metres and is really easy to use, just spray on the weeds and leave it to work its magic.

Short Handled Garden Weeding Hand Tool

Short Handled Garden Weeding Hand Tool

The hardened steel blade allows your to get right down to the root to pull them out.  Great for tackling stubborn weeds in flower beds or in between paving stones.

Long-Handled Weeding Tool

Long-Handled Weeding Tool

The long handled version of our popular weeding tool, this is great if you have a bad back or can’t get down to pull the weeds up.

Wonder Weeder

Wonder Weeder

This tough tool made from carbon steel will help remove well rooted weeds with minimal disturbance to the ground.  The non slip handle and steel blade make this a firm favourite with gardeners.

 

Path & Patio Weeding Brush 

Path & Patio Weeding Brush with Spike

 

 

The wire brush will clean between block paving to remove weeds, moss and dirt, whilst the handy spike is great for digging out stubborn, hard to remove weeds.  The handle is also adjustable so is perfect for those with bad backs or struggle to kneel.

 

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Summer is Coming……Time to get into the Garden with Catalogue 5

It’s time to think about making gardens beautiful for Summer! Check out our gardening Jobs for next month and our new catalogue coming soon!

Gardening Jobs for June – in brief;

  • Keep hanging baskets and pots watered.
  • Place protection netting over soft fruits which are developing.
  • Keep on top of weed, the extra warmth and light in June is perfect for weeds to grow and take over.
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool.
  • If you have any newly planted trees and shrubs, ensure you regularly water them until established.

Catalogue 5/15 is giving you everything you need to prepare your gardens for a long, hot summer.  So, we’re leading with the ‘outdoors’ on the landscape front cover.
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The whole front cover is a sunny garden landscape with the Compact Clothes Prop taking its place for the very first time as our featured product.  There’s a saving of a £1 on what has been one of our biggest sellers, making it only £12.29

Helping to keep thirsty plants watered are the Aqua Spikes at £4.29 and also featured is a product we know will be increasingly popular as summer plants look for protection from slimy predators – it’s the’Slug Barrier’ at £9.99.

(We think the ‘stop’ sign should come with it!  But sadly, no it doesn’t, as the slugs can’t read anyway.)

There are plenty of offers to keep you buzzing (see what we did there?) and some fabulous new products too.

For instance:  The new Pond and Drain Cleaning Gloves at £13.49 – or the Weighted Table Cover at £9.99 which will keep food and drink safe from little buzzers like me!  And to keep you refreshed there’s this lovely new Rose Pitcher and Tumblers set at £9.99.

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Flowing seamlessly from one area or task in the garden to another we take you from spreads covering bug control, weeding and cleaning into the extremely popular garden lighting range.

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And on the back cover………..

More great seasonal products like the 4 in 1 Garden Scissors at £3.29 and the Pop Up Food Covers with a saving of a £1 at £8.99.  You are invited to check out more of our great pop up products on page 13 – all of which are fantastic at keeping me and my buzzy buddies (pests to you!) away from tasty al fresco dining this summer!

Catalogue 5 goes on sale from 1st June – See you in the garden!

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Your Guide to Sandal Ready Feet

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of neglecting our feet over the winter months.  We slip them in our Uggs, wrap them in toasty socks and forget about them until the first warm day of the year.  If your feet have been hibernating and could do with a good seeing to, then our guide to sandal ready feet will have you bare footed running and through the grass in no time!*

*Sunshine is not guaranteed!

Scrub the winter away

Start with a good wash and scrub to remove hard and dead skin.  Ensure that you soak your feet before using a foot file or pumice.  If you have difficulties bending to reach, then an easy clean foot brush can come in very handy.  Soaking your feet will not only help to soften the skin but it also very relaxing.  Add your favourite bath soak to enhance the experience.

Nail Fix - toenail softener

Nail Care

Add cuticle oil to your nails and gently push back your cuticles.  If your nails are hard, spilt or jagged then applying a nail softener such as Nail Fix will help to solve those problems.

To trim your nails, cut straight across with nail clippers, this will help to prevent ingrown toenails.  Long handed nail scissors are brilliant if you struggle to reach you toes.

Ingrown Toe Nails – Ouch!

If you suffer with ingrown toe nails then it might be best for you to visit your chiropodist for advice and treatment, but if you feel comfortable doing so, using specialist tools such as ingrown toe nail clippers or an ingrown nail file will help sort out the painful problem.

Ingrown Toe Nail Clippers

Go for bold colours!

Painting your nails bright and bold colours will instantly make your feet look better and summer ready.  If you do suffer with chipped or splitting nails, apply Seal My Nails, nail fixer underneath your vanish to protect them

Banish smelly feet

Throughout the summer it’s not uncommon for your feet to get a little whiffy.  Keep a foot deodorising spray to hand to freshen up your feet.  Not only will the peppermint and menthol make them smell nice, it will also help to relieve aches and leave them feeling cool and refreshed.

For more ideas to help you achieve beautiful feet and for any other foot complaint visit our foot care page

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