David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
Another culinary competition sizzles onto our screens this Friday with the arrival of 'BBQ Champ'. Nathan James Dodd reports that eight amateurs will be competing for a £25,000 cash prize.
Myleene Klass will be presenting the show, with Man v Food star Adam Richman and chef Mark Blatchford as judges.
Every week there will be two challenges with the losing competitor, who fails to cut the mustard with a mouth watering masterpiece or classic offering, departing at the end of the day.
In the first week, each chef has 1¾ hours to create a dish that reflects their personality.
A youth worker comes up with Brixton Jerk Chicken, while pink Himalayan salt-encrusted sea bass is another offering competing against an intriguingly named 'I Found a Dinosaur' dish.
The second half of the programme relocates to a farm where the challenge is to cook a barbecue buffet from ingredients only available from the farm shop.
18.5million Brits own a BBQ and if you're planning one for the weekend, they'll be lots of inspiration as the usual BBQ staples such as burgers, steaks and ribs tend to be consigned to the back burner.
More innovative fare is featured including crab, chipotle sauce, souffles and even smoke infused strawberries, these and a few other concoctions are likely to give you fresh ideas for your own barbecue.
BBQ Champ is on ITV1 for five weeks starting on Friday 31st July at 9.00 – 10.00.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
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