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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:

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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.

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:

Ways with Mayonnaise

Ways with Mayonnaise

Lots of chopped fresh herbs give this quick and simple dish its pronounced flavour, and bite-sized pieces of crisp, toasted pita bread provide texture. Serve the salad for a light meal with a hint of summer at any time of the year.

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

Pork is rendered pull-apart tender with slow, patient simmering — but if you don’t have quite enough time you can cook the pork on high for 4 hours. This enticingly spicy mixture is also delicious served on tortillas, with diced avocados and tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream.

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Tips for Making Salads

Tips for Making Salads

Brilliantly simple to toss together, salads offer endless scope for kitchen creativity. Side salads are a fantastic way to add seasonal colour and texture to your meal, while some salads are substantial enough to enjoy as a healthy meal on their own. Follow these ideas and tips for great salads, all year round.

Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

Lots of chopped fresh herbs give this quick and simple dish its pronounced flavour, and bite-sized pieces of crisp, toasted pita bread provide texture. Serve the salad for a light meal with a hint of summer at any time of the year.

Creamy Chicken Korma

Creamy Chicken Korma

Indian-style korma curries are loved the world over. This version is quite mild, so add more korma paste if you like a bit more heat, or experiment by using another Indian curry paste. Serve with a warm Indian bread, such as wholemeal naan bread or chapattis.

Slow-cooker Vietnamese Seafood Broth

Slow-cooker Vietnamese Seafood Broth

This fragrant seafood bowl will have you slurping with satisfaction. Serve with an array of Southeast Asian herbs and vegetables, such as bean sprouts, spring onion slices, diced tomato, chopped chilli, and mint and coriander leaves, so people can add their own.

Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Bites

Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Bites

Like a decadent coconut ice, these moreish morsels won’t last long. They’re perfect to bring to a high tea, picnic or barbecue, or just to have as an indulgent treat.

Freeze Herbs in Ice-cube Tray

How to ... Freeze Herbs

Nothing tastes better in a dish than a handful of fresh herbs thrown in at the end of cooking. But there's nothing sadder than finding those expensive bought herbs lying limp in the fridge drawer a few days later, which then get thrown away and wasted.

Caponata

Caponata

Caponata is a Sicilian dish that can be served as a side dish, salad or relish. Try stirring some toasted pine nuts or capers through the finished dish. Serve it with marinated olives as part of an antipasto platter.

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