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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

How to Build a Courtyard Deck

How to Build a Courtyard Deck

Utilise that wasted space in your backyard

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

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.

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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.

Growing Passionfruit

Growing Passionfruit

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

How to restore a leather sofa

How to restore a leather sofa

Leather is a natural product and can fade, crack and dry out but as long as the hide hasn't been cut or ripped, it's simple to revive.

natural fertilizers

7 Surprising Fertilizers for Your Garden

Feeding your plants shouldn't mean buying a plastic container full of synthetic fertilizer. Often, you can feed your garden with what you have around your home. And with these fertilizers, you're often reusing or recycling some old product to help your garden, making you even greener. Here are seven ways to do just that:

7 Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

7 Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Breathe easier and make your home healthier by checking the following hot spots and taking a few simple steps:

Why clean with herbs?

Why clean with herbs?

Homemade herbal cleaning products are mostly composed of just one main substance – the cleaning agent – which means that you're not paying for bulking additives, artificial colours or perfumes. You can choose the type and strength of the scent you want; fresh herbs or essential oils almost invariably leave a delightfully fresh, clean smell.

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