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Bringing Your Harvest Home

September’s one of the best months on the plot as all the hard work of the earlier months is rewarded with (literally) crates of fruit and vegetables. But having brought your harvest home, what’s to do with all those courgettes? Tomatoes? Apples? Plums? Here are some ideas to help you make the best of all that wholesome fruit and veg. Pssst! Don’t worry if you don’t grow your own, taking advantage of what’s seasonal in the shops, is also good and saves money.

Courgettes and other members of the squash family
My favourites include courgette and brie soup, or baked courgette omelette for an easy supper. Don’t forget that squash and pumpkins will store for many months if dried properly in the sun, so there’s plenty of time to use these up. Pumpkin (or butternut squash) soup spiced with some crushed coriander seed is one of my favourite winter warmers.

Tomato and red pepper soup takes care of two crops in abundance at this time of year and can be served hot or cold depending on the weather. Making your own tomato sauce for bottling or freezing is a good way of using up tomatoes kilos at a time and tastes so much nicer than shop bought.

Jam always goes down well, both in the home and as a gift. This year’s fruit crop is looking more prolific than usual, so consider making other preserves such as jellies or cheeses. Weight for weight these use up much more fruit than jam making does. Jelly making is also very flexible as the recipe can easily be adapted to the amount of liquid obtained after straining the fruit.

Good places for further glut busting ideas:

A list of seasonal recipes where you’ll also find details many of the ideas mentioned above.

UK Veg Gardeners: Ideas and Recipes for Using Gluts Up – a discussion group on this popular gardening forum.

What Will I Do With All Those Courgettes? – more than enough recipes for all those courgettes and any which transform themselves into marrow.
How to Store Your Home Grown Produce – a comprehensive guide to freezing, bottling, preserves, pickling, drying etc. with a few recipes thrown in for good measure.

Gardens to Visit this Summer

If you are looking for interesting and exciting destinations to take the family this Summer, their are some wonderful gardens we have available to us. Here are a few of our favourite’s for consideration. Wherever you are in the country you can guarantee there are some dramatic and beautiful gardens to be visited to take in the beauty and even draw some inspiration from.

The Eden Project

If you happen to be in the South West or can find a great excuse to get down there, the Eden Project in St Austell is one of the most famous gardens not only in the UK, but in the world today.  Originally opened in 2001, it started life as a disused china clay pit before being transformed into the world's largest greenhouse!  Showing how plants are used in the production of consumer goods, you can follow specific trails such as music or food trails amongst other things.  The garden has been created to give a fascinating insight of man's relationship with plants and is very highly recommended for a visit.

Hampton Court

Staying in the South of the country, however East not West this time, Hampton Court offers wonderful displays of bedding plants.  Along with its 1,350 square metre famous maze, Hampton Court offers a traditional garden experience.  The Riverside gardens have been immaculately restored and you will even find the world's oldest vine there, which produces 700lbs of grapes each year even today! A visit to one of the most famous gardens worldwide should never be passed up and Kew Gardens is perhaps one of the most famous.

Kew Gardens

Set in a stunning landscape of 121 hectares beside the River Thames in South West London, this once royal residence is home to more than 30,000 different plants from all over the world.  6 stunning glasshouses contain the finest collection of tropical plants available, together with seasonal borders and a majestic collection of grasses.  Kew Gardens offers a superb day out for anyone interested in the garden and one that should not be missed.

Blenheim Palace

Originally landscaped by Capability Brown, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire offers the visitor a mix of sweeping lawns and formal gardens together with water terraces, a beautiful Rose Garden and an Italian Garden.  There is also a Secret Garden, which will appeal to keen gardeners.  The gardens offer beauty and tranquility to all who visit and of course the Palace is open for viewing should you wish to extend your time there.

Shugborough Hall

Dating back to the 18th Century Shugborough Hall in Shropshire offers the keen horticulturist the opportunity to explore formal terraces, together with a victorian style rose garden.  A variety of temples and monuments extend into the landscape.  Woodland walks and guided tours are available if required.

The National Wildflower Centre

In the North West, The National Wildflower Centre can be found which features various habitats to show the range of places and surfaces where wildflowers will thrive.  A wildlife pond filled with rainwater from the roof is present, containing wildlife such as dragonflies and newts. You will find lots of interesting ideas on how you can welcome wildflowers into your own garden.  A very interesting day out for both young and old.

Alnwick Gardens

Officially opened in April 2002, Alnwick Gardens main feature is the Grand Cascade, a magnificent tumbling mass of water ending in an eruption of fountains sending 350 litres of water into the air every second. An Ornamental Garden is also well featured together with a formal walled garden with water pools and a Rose Garden.  Prepare yourself for a full day out taking in all there is to see here at this North East garden treasure.

These are just a few of the main gardens within the English counties and do not cover Scotland or Wales where such gems can easily be found. 

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If you have any great gardens we can feature within Wales or Scotland please let us know.

Additional Information

For more information about the attraction above try :

The Eden Project:
Hampton Court:
Kew Gardens:
Blenheim Palace:
Shugborough Hall:
The National Wildflower Centre:
Alnwick Gardens:

New Garden Furniture Sale Section

Whats is it?

If you are looking for fantastic offers on garden furniture and accessories then don’t miss out, visit our garden furniture sale section today and see what savings are available on the a wide variety of products. From garden benches to gazebos we can guarantee there are some big savings to be made and now is a great time to buy.  Summer is here and it is time to get out in the garden and make the most of the sun and what better way to do that than with some great bargain furniture.

Our teak garden furniture sale ranges have unbeatable prices on offer and with patio and conservatory furniture, benches, chairs, tables and sun loungers all included has there ever been a better time to buy?

If you are looking for rattan garden furniture with great price reductions then look no further than our rattan garden furniture sale.  Our sale offers include such items as suites, dining sets and sun loungers, daybeds but quantities are limited and stock changes quickly so if you want that contemporary style at a great price, don't hang around, it may not be here for long - in fact at these price we can almost guarantee it will not be here for long!

Our sale section is competitive, and fast moving as stock changes almost daily due to demand. We add new offers and stock to the section on a regular basis; so if you do not see what you like or what you are looking for, keep checking back.  The prices shown are often reduced further for a number of reasons including overstock and seasonal promotion, if you cannot find what you are looking for please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

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Alternatively if you are looking for reliable stylish furniture for the garden
without the big price tag, we have a great range of good quality garden furniture and patio furniture at low prices.

Our wide range of cheap garden furniture includes everything from gazebos, folding chairs and patio furniture, to parasols, bench sets and garden tables.  It is available in a wide range of colours and styles as well. If you are looking for simple cheap garden furniture, we have a wonderful range of Aluminium garden chairs and tables that could be perfect for your needs but for something a little more sophisticated we have rattan and teak garden furniture that provides style as well as comfort.

We stock an extensive range of complete patio sets in a variety of sizes, together with bench sets, reclining chairs and other items perfect for every occasion and budget. Our cheap furniture options are ideal for those on a budget who are still looking to make the most of the outdoor area they have available, and we take great pride in being able to offer products combining great value and style.

New Garden Furniture Showroom

Whether you are looking for garden furniture or Weber barbecues you will find plenty to interest you at the new Garden Furniture Centre showroom. The Centre is expanding and so there is an increased number of products on view, including garden and conservatory furniture, garden benches, garden gazebos and garden accessories. If you are a fan of summer barbecues then you will be pleased to know that there is a new Weber display of barbecues and barbecue covers.

If you feel like engaging in outdoor entertaining in the summer months then you will love the ranges of teak garden furniture that is now on offer at the centre. The new showroom is designed to give the public a much broader display of the products on offer, especially as they relate to outdoor living. Whether you want to entertain family and friends or want somewhere comfortable where you can relax with a drink after work, you are sure to find something that will suit your needs when you visit the new showroom.

You will find a huge range of garden benches, including rustic garden benches and personalised benches. A garden bench is a great place to take the weight off your feet after you’ve finished the weeding or mowed the lawn. Just sit back on your garden bench with a coffee or something stronger and survey your handiwork. Prefer relaxing in a hammock to sitting on a garden bench? No problem – you will find hammocks and daybeds and comfortable sofas to suit your needs.  If you are still considering different ideas for your garden and haven’t yet settled on the kind of look you want, the new showroom should help to provide you with plenty of ideas for making your garden the ideal place to be this summer.

Barbecue Recipes

>Barbecue Recipes

Barbecue Recipes
When summer comes around and it is time to get out your Weber barbecue, then you may be pleased to have some barbecue recipes to hand. Most people recognise that the black and burned sausages and burgers of yesteryear are no longer adequate fare for a great family barbecue. When you choose a Weber barbecue you have more control over cooking temperatures and this makes it a lot easier to cook food out in the open. Sticky barbecue chicken wings and chicken and pepper kebabs, as outlined below, are among some of the most popular summer barbecue recipes

Sticky Chicken Wings

Barbecue Recipes
As with most barbecue recipes you will need to adjust quantities to the number of people you are cooking for and the amount that your Weber barbecue will cook at any one time. You need olive oil and chicken wings, the sticky sauce is made from a combination of ketchup, balsamic vinegar, dark brown sugar, ground garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, Dijon mustard, paprika and a little chilli powder.

Mix together all the ingredients except the oil and chicken wings and stir thoroughly, rinse and dry chicken wings and place in large, sealable plastic bag, pour marinade on top of the wings and seal bag, making sure there is no air and place in fridge for five or six hours., When ready you can remove the wings and discard the bag, brush or spray wings with olive oil and sear over a medium heat for 4-6 minutes turning once, then continue grilling until cooked through.

Chicken and Pepper Kebabs

Barbecue Recipes
You need chicken cut into bite sized pieces, breast is easiest for this, and a mix of red, green and yellow peppers cut and deseeded, some kebab skewers, lemon and soy sauce. Place chicken and peppers alternately on skewers, dip first in lemon and then in soy sauce. Put the kebabs on the barbecue and cook for fifteen minutes or until meat is cooked through, turn occasionally.

Spring in the Garden

Spring in the Garden

Spring in the Garden
Spring in the garden is one of the best times of the year as you can see the buds of new plants emerging and the grass starting to look lush and green again. It’s at this time of year that people’s thoughts turn to replacing old furniture or buying a new garden bench. Rustic benches are ideal for the more traditional garden; you can sit at one end of the lawn and enjoy the sunshine and a view of the entire garden.

Spring in the Garden
Springtime is when many people’s thoughts turn to outdoor entertaining. If you enjoy inviting family and friends to eat in the garden when the weather is good then you will need a large garden table and sufficient seating. There is some great garden furniture around nowadays and you can choose from teak garden furniture, aluminium garden furniture, rustic and rattan furnishings. If you want to sit outside even though the evenings are still a bit chilly then it is worth looking at the wide range of patio heaters available so you can stay warm while you enjoy a relaxing drink after work.

Spring in the Garden
Many people view spring in the garden as a time to start thinking about the summer barbecues to come. If you enjoy barbecues but want to ensure that your food is safe from those unexpected summer showers then you may want to consider investing in a garden gazebo. With steel frames and weatherproof awnings you should be able to find a gazebo where the cook can carry on his or her good work and where you and your guests can shelter from that unexpected burst of rain. No matter what your lifestyle, spring in the garden almost always leads people to think more about enjoying time out of doors. When you have the right garden furniture and equipment you can enjoy your garden for longer periods than in the past.

The Big Lunch - An Eden Project!

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Lunches have taken place in all types of community – from the most deprived to the most secure - and nearly a million people have taken part each year. It’s a simple yet profound act of community that we know can have a real impact: research shows that when people get involved, they feel good and it has a noticeable affect on their area. After taking part in 2010, 80% of participants said that they feel better about where they live and 95% feel closer to their neighbours. What’s more, we know that they keep in touch, lend each other a hand and plan future events together.

Why not arrange your own Big Lunch. The Garden Furniture Centre has a wide selection of Picnic Tables that would be ideal for such an occasion.

For more information, to download
resources and register an event visit:

Picnic Benches

Picnic Benches

Picnic Benches
We have a wide range of picnic benches and tables that are suitable for the garden or for use by local councils and commercial organisations. All of our benches and tables are made from the highest quality materials and come in a range of sizes and styles. Whether you are planning a summer garden picnic or you want something stylish for your pub garden or park café, these picnic benches are an ideal choice. Our Chatsworth picnic benches and table set is made from high quality teak hardwood, the picnic benches are designed to fit neatly under the table when not in use. This picnic bench set comes in a range of sizes and can be bought with or without a parasol base.

Picnic Benches
The Regent, backless teak picnic benches and tables is crafted from the best possible hardwood and finished to a very high standard; the backless benches are designed to fit neatly under the table when not in use. Our picnic benches and tables come in different sizes, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find exactly what you need. Solid hardwood picnic benches with matching tables are an ideal choice for the pub landlord or restauranteur. Our classic teak picnic bench has a high back that is designed ot give you greater comfort, The traditionally designed bench comes complete with chunky arms, a great place ot sit in the late afternoon/early evening and watch the sun go down. Our classic teak bench is a large, comfortable bench that is made from only the finest hardwood, ideal for park or garden or those late night drinks before bed. Picnic benches need little or no maintenance either than the occasional rub down with tea oil. It is possible to have a name engraved on the bench’s comfortable bench, visit our site for further information.

Wood Treatment

Wood Treatment

Golden Care Wood Treatments

Wood Treatment
If you have wooden garden or conservatory furniture then you will want it to continue looking good for as long as possible. Golden care wood treatments are specially designed to help you get the most out of your hardwood outdoor furniture and to protect the wood and keep it looking beautiful. Golden care products have been developed to help you protect your garden furniture against the weathering process.

Golden Care wood treatments are kind to the environment as well as to your teak and hardwood outdoor furniture. Once you have tried our special teak protector you won’t bother with teak oil ever again. You will find that our teak care protector outperforms teak oils and sealers every time and is the best choice for keeping your teak furniture looking good for a long time to come. Golden Care teak protector is designed to preserve the natural golden brown colour of teak over an extended period. Probably the best thing about our teak protector is that it lasts twice as long as teak sealers and up to four times as long as teak oil, which means less work and lower costs for you.

Golden Care Cleaner and Brightener

Wood Treatment
Our Golden Care cleaner and brightener is designed to smarten up even the dullest looking teak garden furniture. The cleaner and brightener will restore and brighten dirty dark grey, and green teak garden furniture.

Golden Care Invisible Wood Shield

teak furniture is an investment and it makes sense to do all that you can to protect and preserve that investment. Golden Care products are designed to help you protect your furniture and enable it to keep its good looks for as long as possible. We all recognise that tea, coffee, wine and red sauce spills will eventually ruin the look of teak furniture. The Golden Care invisible wood shield prevents substances such as liquid and sauces from penetrating the wood and generating dark spots. The invisible wood shield can be used on both garden and indoor teak furniture.

Golden Care Maintenance

Wood Treatment
Our Golden Care three in one maintenance kit is the ideal solution to preserving your teak and hardwood furniture and keeping it looking good. The kit includes the following products:

A litre of teak cleaner
A litre of teak protector
Care kit, including gloves, scrubbing brush, applicator cloth and sponge

The Golden Care three in one maintenance kit will cut your workload and preserve the beauty of your hardwood furniture. We believe that you will be so pleased with our Golden Care products that you will want to try them all.

>Log Baskets

>Log Baskets

Rattan Log Baskets

Rattan Log Baskets
There is nothing quite like a log fire to make you feel warm and cosy, whether you are inside the house or enjoying the garden. Our rattan log baskets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, for both indoor and outdoor purposes. Make sure that the logs for your fire are easily accessible and in one place with one of our rattan log baskets. You may decide to splurge and have one for inside the house and another for when you have log fires in the garden. All our log baskets are multi-purpose and can be used for storing toys or towels instead of logs.

We think that you will love our rattan log baskets so much that you will want them for all kinds of storage problems. If you choose our indoor baskets then you can choose to have a square shaped basket rather than a round one. Our rattan log baskets can give both your outdoor and indoor settings that finishing touch.

Outdoor Rattan Log Baskets

Outdoor Rattan Log Baskets
The outdoor rattan log baskets are made from dark brown, rattan with an attractive ecolene weave. All the outdoor log baskets are 6mm in diameter and come in small, medium and large sizes. If you want our log baskets for different purposes, then why not purchase a set of three, that way you can store logs inside and outside the house and have an attractive and easily portable toy basket.

Conservatory Log Baskets

For those of you who are lucky enough to have a conservatory, you may want to consider one of our conservatory log baskets. Our conservatory log baskets are available in small, medium and large sizes, and you can choose to have a square or a round basket. The conservatory log baskets are constructed from a natural rattan weave called Kubu, and will give that added touch to your conservatory.

Even if you don’t have a conservatory, you may still appreciate our indoor log baskets enough to want to buy one, or even more. We think you will appreciate that our conservatory log baskets are great when you need extra storage, and will give an air of traditional homeliness to any room. We feel sure that if you choose our rattan log baskets you will continue to use them for years to come. You can rest assured that you won’t pay through the nose for our conservatory log baskets as all prices include the new 20% VAT rate.
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