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Types of Building Materials

Types of Building Materials

Advantages and disavdvantages of various Types of Building Materials, plus earth-wise tips!

How to Grow Lavender

How to Grow Lavender

Find all the gardening tips and advice you need to grow lavender.

10 Rules for Planning Successful Parties!

10 Rules for Planning Successful Parties!

Simple rules that will make organising your next party easier.

How to Fix Faulty Flush Cisterns

How to Fix Faulty Flush Cisterns

Leaking toilet cisterns do waste water, and cistern overflows occur if the inlet valve doesn't shut off when water reaches the correct level.

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How to Lay Turf

How to Lay Turf

Artificial turf is a great new alternative

Installing New Gutters

Installing New Gutters

Fix or replace guttering to prevent leaks and damage

How to lay new decking boards

How to lay new decking boards

Use this installation technique to finish a new deck or to replace old boards on an existing base

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How to Build a Courtyard Deck

How to Build a Courtyard Deck

Utilise that wasted space in your backyard

Growing Passionfruit

Growing Passionfruit

Find out why your passionfruit vine is not producing fruit and more.

Bathroom plants

Bathroom plants

Choose varieties that thrive in humid conditions to add colour and purify air

How to Grow Coriander

How to Grow Coriander

This hardy annual herb, a native of south-east Europe, is grown for its fresh leaves and seeds. Before ripening, the seeds smell like the leaves, but as the small fruits mature, they develop a warm spicy aroma – a sure sign that they are ready to harvest.

How to Grow Gooseberries

How to Grow Gooseberries

Though gooseberries are native to northern Europe, Britain in particular adopted them and gooseberry pies, fools, tarts and jellies were devised. They are easy to grow in the right climate – Tablelands, in southern New Zealand, and parts of southern Australia are ideal. Planting a selection of varieties will give you berries from late spring to late summer. Varieties may be sweet or acid, yellow, white, green or red. The sweet fruit is eaten raw, while the acid fruit is better for cooking and making jam and wine.

How to Grow Grapes

How to Grow Grapes

The Southern Hemisphere has become the source of many great wines, and the wine grape is very much at home here. Table grapes are just as successful, long-lived and productive. Grapes take up very little space. They can be trained over a pergola to provide cool summer shade, bunches of ripe fruit amidst vivid autumn-coloured foliage, and then, having lost their leaves, filtered warm sunlight in winter. Such a vine-covered pergola creates the perfect outdoor dining room, especially during the long summer months.

14 Wonderful Ways to Use Fresh Mint

14 Wonderful Ways to Use Fresh Mint

If the only minty things you sample are peppermint candy or spearmint gum, it’s time to get mint-savvy. Fresh mint is as versatile an herb as there is; it can flavour a glass of water, give lift to salads or lamb dishes, and serve as a natural medicine for stress or upset stomach. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to grow. Nestle a few plants in a pot, put them out in the sun, and you’ll soon have plenty. Here are just a few things to do with your mint leaves:

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