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Follow our blog on all things gardening and grow your own, from "How to's" to interesting facts and recipes you can make with your home grown garden produce.
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How to Make Sloe Gin

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My first introduction to sloe’s came when helping my father to make his sloe gin, which was an annual thing in our house, to be done after the first frost each and every year without fail.  I had to laboriously prick every tiny berry several times with a pin, before throwing it into a large kilner jar with what seemed like millions of other dry and bitter sloes.  Needles to say my young, spindly fingers also suffered the same pain that the sloe berries went through! My father would then cover the berries with sugar and gin, leave the jar...
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What to do in the Garden in September

What to do in the Garden in September
September in the Garden "Misty starts, dewy toes, the thud of windfalls" September, the ninth month of the year, in roman times it was the seventh month which is how it got it’s name,  Septem in latin means seventh.    Anyway we need to discuss what we should be doing in the garden right now… Divide your herbaceous perennial’s now , this will not only give you more plants but will maintain a healthy and happy plant next year. Collect and sow seeds from hardy annuals and perennials’ , which you liked seeing in your garden this year. Now is...
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! And we start off 2013 in rather a soggy and sorry state.

As I listened to the radio on my way into the office, first day back after the Christmas break and hear of the winter of 2012 being the second wettest on record, I reminisce about some of my last blogs on the worrying droughts of the early part of 2012. It's bonker's how my blog was stressing the importance of conserving water in the garden. Droughts don't just affect farmer's and gardener's, it has a massive impact on us as consumers too!  The price of with some products such as vegetables, fruit and bread rocketing upwards as farmers were faced with having to increase crops drying out in the fields, now we have so much rain it's washing crops away.  Not to mentions roads! It’s madness. Surely! Water

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A Potato Recipe For The Summer

Ingredients 500g New Potatoes, scrubbed and halved 1 Tablespoon of wholegrain mustard, allow a little bit more should your taste buds desire! Mine do. 4 Spring onions, finely sliced 1 Tablespoon clear honey 2 Tablespoons good olive oil 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon low fat mayo Preparation Add the potatoes to a pan of lightly salted boiling water.  Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender and cooked.  Drain and return to the pan.  Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small jug and add to the potatoes. Season to taste and allow to cool then...
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The QGS Cottage

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Here it is. My first blog. And I am excited. But where do I start! There is so much to do and so many decisions to make.. fonts, color schemes, images, layout, pages and that just the non techy stuff!! So with my head spinning with all the things I need to do I thought I would take my mind off things for a few minutes and tell you about me!  I am a member of the Quality Garden Supplies team and the guys in the office thought it a great idea that I create a Blog for our website....
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