5 Top Tips For Preparing & Enjoying Your Garden This Summer

The sun is shining (hopefully), the doors are thrown open to let the fresh air through, get ready to enjoy your garden.

We’ve got lots of tips and products to care for your garden, helping you weed, feed, scrub and polish and then decorate your outdoors’ areas beautifully, ready for those long summer nights.

OUR 5 TOP TIPS:

Does your garden lack colour and depth? Maybe you have a courtyard garden or large expanse of patio? You can easily add shape and colour with pots, baskets and accessories.

Our bright and cheerful sunflower bird bath is perfect for our feathered friends to drink and bathe in whilst adding colour and interest to your garden.

Attract bees and butterflies to your garden with our wild flower mix.

Help protect our bee population and ensure your garden hums this year with our butterfly and bee flower seeds. A mixture of annuals and perennials will blossom into vibrant flowers attracting the prettiest of creatures to your garden. Easy to plant and ideal for use in beds, boarders and containers.

Clear out stubborn weeds you do not want to be sitting in your garden, relaxing and taking in the summer, only to be looking at weeds in your lawn and patio. Never fear! These can be dealt with quickly and efficiently!

Made of tough carbon steel, this unusual  Wonder Weeder tool removes well-rooted weeds with minimal surface disturbance. The easy-grip handle has a hanging hole for easy storage. A true essential for any gardener!

Kill weeds from the root so they won’t return with our weed killer.

This ready to use formula works on all types of garden weeds to ensure once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Containing glyphosate, the strong formula attacks a broad spectrum of weeds from the root.

No more kneeling and bending to remove those weeds with this handy weeding tool. The angled wire bristles of this brush effectively clean between blocks and paving slabs to easily remove weeds, moss and dirt. The handy spike is great for digging in between paving, removing those hard to reach, stubborn weeds. Easy to use adjustable handle, just twist the black handle and adjust to your desired height. Great for those with back problems or mobility difficulties.

Light up your garden If you truly want to enjoy the longer, warmer evenings, bring some light into your garden.  Lighting can add another dimension to your garden, bringing it alive.

Spectacular by day and night, our stunning peacock glows from the solar-powered LED light orb within his metal caged body. Each feather on his crown and tail is detailed with faceted acrylic accents that catch the glow from the orb, creating a truly mesmerising display.

This beautiful and unusual garden decoration allows you to plant your favourite flowers in the bucket and enjoy the glow of the solar light in the evening. Provides approximately eight hours of light from the tap water droplet.

Take the feel of the inside, out into the garden!  Our solar powered crystal-effect chandelier is perfect for garden parties. No messy wires meaning you can hang it wherever you like, we think it would look great hung from a tree or as a centrepiece in your gazebo!

Alfresco eating – make eating outside a breeze.

Protect your outdoor table and ensure a clean eating surface with this striking and attractive outdoor cover. Complete with zip fastening and an 8cm gap in which to insert your central parasol.

How many times have you sat in the garden enjoying a drink only to look down and find a pesky insect doing the backstroke in your juice? Not any more! Protect your drinks this summer with these bright and colourful umbrellas.

These covers sit on top of your drink and even have a handy hole in the top for your straw. In assorted colours, they will even help everyone remember which drink is theirs!

Keep your garden watered – Whilst you may enjoy basking in the long sunshine filled days, your plants may be feeling the heat and need a well deserved drink. Don’t forget daily early morning/evening watering will be required for new bedding plants and pots and baskets.

A hose that never twists or tangles!

This amazing expandable hose will never kink, twist or tangle allowing water to always flow freely. It grows three times in length once the tap is turned on, and then shrinks back down to size in seconds once turned off. Includes jet spray gun with seven spray patterns, two universal quick fits and one outdoor tap connector.

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Vegetable Ragu/Bolognese – in the slow cooker

Here is a recipe for all of you slow cooker fans!

Try this tasty family recipe that can be prepped the night before.  Ready to be cooked the following day for a healthy and filling dinner. Ideal for cooking in a slow cooker, ready for when you get home. It’ll make the house smell gorgeous while cooking too!

Ingredients

2 Courgettes

2 Sticks celery – chopped

4 Carrots grated or thinly sliced

½ Yellow pepper chopped

½ Red pepper chopped

1 Red onion chopped

Handful of mushrooms chopped

2 Cloves crushed garlic

2 Tablespoons Tomato Puree

1 Tin of chopped tomatoes

100ml Vegetable stock

Oregano, basil & parsley – sprinkling

Salt to season

Pepper to season

Optional: 1 small glass of red wine

 

To serve – Spaghetti (or see our tip below!)

Spray your slow cooker with low fat cooking spray and then place all ingredients in the pot, cover and cook on low for approx 6 hours. If you do not have a slow cooker you can also do this in a large pan/wok on the hob. Simply spray the pan with low fat cooking spray before adding the ingredients and allow to simmer for 30-40mins. 

Chopping herbs and vegetables can be tricky and time consuming, but our palm chopper allows you to dice onions, garlic, peppers and more with the greatest of ease! Simply pop the pieces inside, twist and let the stainless steel blades get to work.

 

 

Cook your spaghetti and serve.

TIP: Alternatively, why not try courgetti? You can enjoy delicious veggie pasta, salads, stir fries and rostis! The JML Vegetti is the fast and easy way to turn your vegetables into spaghetti, ribbons and spirals. Thanks to the dual stainless steel blades you can cut courgettes, carrots, cucumber and even potatoes in to thick or thin ribbons. Quick, safe and healthy.

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Quality sleep is a must!

Make your bedroom your safe haven, an oasis of relaxation when you step in and close the door and shut the world outside! We have some great tips to share to make your bedroom a serene and welcoming environment. You won’t be able to wait to get to bed each night!

Choose your bed linen wisely When choosing your bedding, it is important to remember that you have to sleep in this room! Think calm relaxing colours, soft luxurious textures and materials. Prepare to lie down and get some quality sleep, ready to face the next day, relaxed and rested.

Our hummingbird duvet set could be your perfect choice – white crispness leaving your bedroom feeling light and fresh, with just enough colour to give you visual delight.

Comfortable pillows are a must Where you rest your head makes the difference to the sleep you get. Did you know that on average we spend over 2,800 hours a year in bed? Make those hours count by making sure you choose the best pillow that suits you. 

This fleecy pillow has a super-soft, fluffy outer layer for full comfort and support. 100% hollow-fibre filling with polyester cover and is Machine washable at 30°C.

 

Keep it clean and decluttered Your bedroom is for rest – keep clutter to a minimum – a clear room, a clear mind!  

Add some luxury Every bedroom needs a luxurious rug or carpet. Step out of bed and into comfort.

This beautiful shaggy rug with deep pile complements almost any décor, making it the perfectly stylish addition to any bedroom.

Switch off Our lives tend to be heavily technology focused these days and it is important to make sure that we take time to switch off and leave these devices out of the bedroom. Make a decision to leave your mobile, laptop, tablet downstairs and focus on relaxation instead. Switch off the lights and listen to some of your favourite music. You need to help your body to prepare for sleep.

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Spring in to the Garden!

With Spring here, it’s time to get out and start enjoying your garden. If your outside space could do with a bit of a tidy and spruce up, follow our simple tips!

Check your fences, gates and sheds for damage and repair as required. Treat your garden wood to protect against mould, mildew and fungal attack.

Never Green contains maximum strength germ guard and is easily applied – just paint straight on to the wood to keep green at bay.

The winter winds can leave behind a mass of debris in your borders and lawn. Clean out leaves, weeds and other rubbish and cut back any dead growth.  A quick rake of your lawn will clear any debris.

This Long Handled Weeding Tool allows you to easily tackle those stubborn weeds, grass or moss in your garden without bending over or kneeling down.

Clean up your patios, walls and driveways – remove winter stains, grime, moss, algae and lichens.

Just one application of this powerful formula gives fantastic results, and will not damage the colour of paving stones.

Start choosing and planting summer flowering bulbs and seeds. Plan early to make sure your garden has a beautiful bloom in the summer.

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Our Best Cleaning Hacks & Tips

A clean and organised house can be an enjoyable place to kick back and relax at the end of a long day.  But keeping on top of all the dust, grime and chaos can be trying and a real chore.  And so, we are sharing our favourite cleaning hacks and tips! It’s time to clear out the clutter, dust off the cobwebs and enjoy your home!

 

  1. Toothbrushes – keep your old toothbrushes and use them to clean in all of those awkward nooks and crannies. The bristles and small head are great for getting into grooves that are otherwise inaccessible.
    You could also try  our cleaning brush with bendy head! The flexibility of the head enables you to get a great scrubbing angle, whilst the individual firm bristles enable you to clean small awkward areas, ideal for sink plugs, shower trays, window and doorframes.
  2. Use liners in your oven and slow cooker – Using an oven liner  or slow cooker liner can really save you time and effort! Why spend time cleaning your slow cooker, when you can use one of our liners instead?
  3. Dust first, then vacuum – make sure you always dust before you vacuum so that you can vacuum up the fallen dust.  This extendable duster uses the power of static to attract and hold dust particles lurking in hard to reach areas, such as ceilings, light fittings and delicate objects.
  4. Use rubber gloves to pick up pet hair – simply dampen the rubber gloves and they will easily pick up troublesome hair from furniture. You could also try our Pet Hair & Lint Catching Glove. The glove effortlessly attracts unwanted hair and lint from clothing to car seats.
  5. Freshen up your toilet roll – choose your favourite scent and place a few drops on the inside of your toilet roll tube. Each time someone pulls some toilet paper off the lovely scent will be released.

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5 top tips to keep your car organised and looking good!

  1. Clean removable carpet mats with ease – spray them with stain removed and then wash on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. Clean mats without effort! 
  2. Use foam paint brushes to clean air vents – they are perfect for fitting between the slots that gather dust and are normally really hard to clean.
  3. Buff your headlights with toothpaste and a soft cloth – amazing results, just try it!
  4. Use a hanging organiser to keep important items to hand in the back of the car. This simple idea keeps the car tidy and means you have the items you need to hand. Wet wipes, tissues, drinks – it can all be safely stored here.
  5. Make use of a car boot organiser –  Keep your boot tidy and free from rolling shopping with our handy organiser. With three large compartments with mesh pockets and velcro pads to stop it from moving around.

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Cooking Hacks & Tips

We are always looking for new and better ways to do things and use items we already have.  And so this is our inspiration this month for our Cooking Hacks & Tips – a small collection of the best tips we have seen this month!

  1. Grate your butter block – when your butter has been in the fridge and is too hard to use, try grating it! It is perfect for use on jacket potatoes and veggies and great to use in recipes when making scones and biscuits.
  2. Freeze leftover sauces in ice cube trays – don’t let leftovers go to waste, simply freeze in ice cube trays and freeze ready for another day.
  3. Peel your hard boiled eggs – grab an empty jar (with a lid), fill it ⅔ with water. Place boiled egg in the jar and secure the lid. Now shake vigorously. The egg will peel itself! Easy as that. Once the shell has come away simply remove and rinse your peeled egg before use.
  4. Roll your lemons and citrus fruits before you use them – simply roll your lemons applying gentle pressure before you then cut them and juice them. This breaks the cells in the skin meaning you’ll get more yummy juice.
  5. Make perfectly clear ice cubes – cloudy ice cubes be gone! Try these steps to make ice clear cubes – 1. Fill your kettle with filtered water. 2. Boil the water and allow to completely cool. 3. Boil again and fill ice cube tray. 4. Freeze – and that’s it!

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Moving on….ready for the year ahead

 

The main event has been and gone, now to plan for the rest of 2016 and make sure that is the best year it can be.

Many people will find that they didn’t budget very well for Christmas, that they have overspent more than they realised and they need to make their money go further for the first few months of the year until they can get back on track. Check out some of the tips we have found below – not only for those that have overspent but some really good ideas for making the most of your money.

  • Plan your menus – if you plan your weekly menu before you shop, you will be able to go to the shop with a clear list and only purchase the items you need. Don’t be tempted by special offers, they are only a saving if you were going to be buying them anyway! This is also a great way to stick to any new diets you might be starting this new year – stick to your shopping list and be clear with yourself that you are not to be tempted by sweet treats and goodies that aren’t on your list!

 

  • Do you normally buy your lunch? – stop! Making your own packed lunches tends to be a much more frugal option than buying your lunch from a shop every day. It is also an ideal way to use up any leftovers from the night before! Rather than eating leftovers up by having second helpings, save your waist and your pocket by having for lunch the following day.
  • Walk/cycle to work – walking or cycling to work, even if it is just a couple days a week can really help your fuel bill not to mention your health! Why not try once a week, then gradually build up.
  • Cook your own takeaways! – we all know that takeaways can be very expensive but did you know that it can be really easy to make your own, often much healthier, and hugely cheaper at home yourself? You only have to take a look on Pinterest of do a Google search and you have great recipes at your fingertips! Why not make it a weekly family challenge to make your own takeaway dish? All the family can involved in this from the planning through to the cooking.
  • Buy your presents for 2016, now! There will be lots of items reduced heavily in price in the coming weeks. If you are happy to and have the space to store things ready for next Christmas, why not take the opportunity to buy now and save some money and time in the lead up to Christmas 2016?

 

You can take a look here at our sale items – perfect for saving money and putting back for next Christmas or the year ahead! Plus you’ll feel super organised and smug when everyone else is running around next December!

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Jingle all the way to Christmas!

So we are now in December and the big day is fast approaching. Are you ready? Presents purchased and wrapped? Amazingly some people will have been ready for months. If you are not one of the early birds, panic not, you still have plenty of time to prepare. Have a look at our favourite tips below:

    • Plan your menu for the festive period NOW! Buy everything now that you can freeze, make ahead and store with long best before dates. Make a list of the other items you will need to purchase in the week before Christmas then you can head to the shop with a clear and concise list knowing that the bulk of your shopping has already been purchased and prepared where possible.
    • Open up all of the boxed toys that you have bought for your children/grandchildren – remove all of the fiddly fastenings and tags, insert batteries where required and wrap. The children won’t be left frustrated when they open their gifts and will be able to play with them right away.
    • Looking for a new outfit for Christmas parties or Christmas Day but feeling the pinch? Why not look at car boot sales or Charity shops – you can find some lovely items and put together a full outfit at a fraction of the usual cost. Even better – you can be sure that no other guest will have the same outfit as you!
    • Share the work! – Do you have lots of guests coming for Christmas lunch? Make everyone feel useful and let them contribute! – Make a list of the things that are needed, share with the guests in advance and give people the chance to bring something along. It could be after dinner mints, speciality coffees, a cheese board, or crackers to decorate the table. Some people might even opt for providing peeled potatoes or prepared veg – that would really lighten your workload and is a lovely idea to get everyone involved.
    • Make your own crackers – this is a great idea and so simple to do. Buy some cheap regular crackers – carefully open one end, purchase a small personalised gift for each dinner guest and reseal. Don’t forget to label the crackers so you know who is the intended recipient!

 

 

We have some lovely decorations as well as gifts available this year. It’s not too late to order, you can see our range here.

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Bonfire Night – Enjoy with some yummy Toffee apples!

Halloween has been and gone and next in the diary is Bonfire Night. Be prepared and help your night go with a bang with this recipe. Make your own toffee apples to enjoy while watching the Fireworks.

Toffee Apples

You Will Need:

7 Apples

7 Lollipop Sticks

Boiling Water

Baking Sheet

Baking Parchment

Pan

100ml Water

400g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vinegar

4 Tablespoon Golden Syrup

Sprinkles or any other decorations you want to use

 

Place the apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water.

Dry the apples and take off any stalks.

Push a lollipop stick into each apple.

Lay the apples out onto a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper.

Place the sugar and 100ml water in a pan and cook for 5 minutes – allowing the sugar to dissolve.

Add vinegar and syrup to the pan. Bring to the boil and allow to cook for approx 10 mins.

Dip each apple into the toffee mix and turn it to coat it completely.

Place on the baking sheet, add sprinkles if using and allow to harden.

Once cool, enjoy!

TIP: Why not sprinkle with popping candy for an extra surprise for the kids? Or once hardened, melt chocolate and cover the toffee apples with the melted chocolate. Allow to harden before enjoying.

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