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With Fathers Day fast approaching (Sunday June 1th) now is the time to get your Dad/Grandad that perfect gift to show him how much they mean to you.

At The Gardening Works we have lots of great gardening products that would be ideal and will suit everyone’s budget, here are my suggestions for gifts that are under £15.00:

 
Rosieriste Leather Gauntlet Gardening Gloves
Rostaing Rosieriste Leather Gauntlet Gardening Gloves
(With long cuffs giving extra protection from brambles and thorns)
 
Barnel Palm Fit Curved Blunt Nose Secateur
 
Barnel Palm Fit Curved Blunt Nose Secateur
(Lightweight, strong and comfortable)
 
 
The Quicker Apple, Pear and Plum Picker
The Quicker Apple, Pear and Plum Picker
(Makes picking those hard to reach fruits easier)
 
Mid Handled Trowel
Mid Handled Trowel
(Deeply dished stainless steel trowel)
 
Stewart Potting Tray with removable shelf
(An essential for every gardener)
 
Stewarts Traditional Watering Can - 2L, 5L and 10L
Stewarts Traditional Watering Can
(Availalable in 3 sizes: 2 litre, 5 litre and 10 litre)
 
Nether Wallop Berry Picker
Nether Wallop Berry Picker (Large or Small)
(This clever device seperates the berries from the stem making it faster and easier to pick soft fruit) 
 
Take a look at our website too for lots more great gardening products.

Why not give your Dad/Grandad a hand in the garden, I am sure they would appreciate the extra help and enjoy your company as well, let’s hope that we have a lovely sunny day and that we can all get in the garden.

Gill

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This week it’s National Picnic Week, why not go for a picnic this Sunday on Fathers Day and treat the whole family, especially Dad. Finger foods are perfect for picnics and can be eaten as you explore, my favourites are Sausage Rolls, homemade are definitely best and can be made with the children the day before.

Sausage Roll

Sausage Rolls

Ingredients

  • 500g puff pastry
  • 400g good quality sausages
  • 1 eating apple
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour for rolling

What you need to do

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
  2. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to make a rectangle about 26cm x 40cm, cut the pastry in half lengthways so that you have two long thin pieces.
  3. Slit the sausages with a knife to remove the sausage meat and place it in a bowl.
  4. Peel, core and finely dice the apple, add to the sausage meat with the wholegrain mustard and the salt and pepper, mix together well and divide the mixture into two.
  5. Lightly flour your hands and roll out each half of the sausage meat into a long sausage the same length as the pastry.
  6. Lay the sausages onto each piece of pastry lengthways and brush the egg along the longer edges, fold one edge of the pastry over the sausage and then roll the whole thing slightly so that the join is underneath, press lightly to seal the pastry.
  7. Cut each roll into 12 small rolls and place them on a baking tray, lined with baking paper, so that the join is underneath, make two small cuts on the top of each roll and brush with the beaten egg.
  8. Bake in the oven for approx. 20 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden and the meat has cooked through.

These sausage rolls can be made up to a month in advance and frozen, freeze them uncooked before brushing with the egg, to cook from frozen add 10 minutes on to the cooking time.

They are ideal for school lunchboxes and delicious served warm on a buffet.

Buddleia and Small Tortoiseshell

To keep the children entertained on your picnic why not set them an I Spy Nature Quiz, print off a list of things that you might see on your picnic, and ask them to tick them off as they see them, they could do this individually or in teams don’t forget the prize for the winners, here are some suggestions of what to include:

  • Ladybird
  • Butterfly
  • Bee
  • Beetle
  • Spider
  • Daisy
  • Buttercup
  • Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Oak Tree
  • Holly Tree
  • Rabbit
  • Squirrel

Have a lovely weekend, hopefully with plenty of warm, sunny picnic weather.

Have fun

Gill

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