Page 56 - Marlborough Living May June 2019
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Get Set, Grill
Nothing heralds the arrival of summer like the smell of the BBQ wafting over the fence. If your grill has seen better days, why not kit yourself out with some new gear...
1An ancient, Asian-style grill, the kamado
is a thick-walled cooker that imparts
rich, smoky flavour to meats, fish and vegetables. Relatively
unchanged for centuries, air flows through the grill's ceramic body and out its vented dome, chunk charcoal comes to life as smoke and heat. Find local stockists and more
information at www.kamadojoe.com
2The Chesneys Heat 700 offers cooking and outdoor heating modes, a rotatable, removable grill for variable cooking heights and for Wok
cooking, an insulated lid to reduce heat loss, single lever air control for cooking and heating, cool touch handles, digital
thermometer for precise cooking control, all weather cover and ash pan for easy ash removal. Find local stockists and more
information at www.chesneys.co.uk
3If you want to opt for gas over charcoal, Weber is a great
choice. The Genesis II EP-335 ensures
great results every time. The Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates
and side burner to simmer
barbecue sauces, provide
endless menu possibilities,
while the extra boost of heat from the sear station seals in flavour. Backed by a 10 year warranty on all parts of the barbecue. Find local stockists and more information at www. weber.com
   Notes from the Garden
Our resident gardener Matthew Biggs, from Radio 4's GQT's expert panel, tells us the big jobs to tackle in the garden for spring.
What an exciting of the year this is, and so tempting to get the hanging baskets out, plant up your annuals and give the garden some colour. However as we
know all too well, our weather can be fickle so do fill the hanging baskets, but protect them from possible late frosts, likewise the tender annuals and plants that will suffer on an especially chilly night.
Lawns will be getting busy too, so out comes the mower, hopefully in good condition and raring to go, if you did your maintenance before putting it away you are allowed to feel smug!
If you have moved to a new home, again it is so tempting to bring
in all of your favourite plants and start filling the spaces, but it really is worth waiting a little while before committing you, and your new space, to any irrevocable decisions. It is a great idea to go out into your new garden at different times of the day and just stand a while and see what is going on, where is the sun, which direction does the wind come from, and a peep over a hedge or too will also give you a clue as to what grows well in the area. A soil test is a great idea, that way you will know if your
favourite Azalea will be happy
with your soil, or prefer a pot
with some ericaceous compost
and you can choose plants
that will thrive in your new
conditions.
Early summer is a great time in the garden and a little bit of preparation will make sure that you have a garden to enjoy all summer long.
You can win a signed copy
of Matt's new book, A Nation
In Bloom. The RHS is the
best of gardening, and this
book presents the best of the RHS. Behind the scenes, access all areas, this book will give lasting pleasure to anyone who enjoys their garden. To have a chance of winning, head to minervacomp.co.uk and use the keyword 'RHS'.
 Hot Tubs, Pools & Swim Spas
How many of us spent last year dreaming of owning our own hot tub in the back garden to make the most of the glorious weather? Nothing says luxury like your own hot tub, swim spa or pool. If you want to be sitting pretty for this summer, the time to install is now. To assist customers to make informed choices about buying a Spa or Hot Tub, BISHTA and its members recommend that you ask the following questions:
• Make sure you know what you want the Spa or Hot Tub for as this may influence the equipment that you need. For instance, is it for fun, medical reasons or relaxation?
• Confirm what water treatment is required, so that you can be sure that you know how to maintain the water safely. Anyone that does not offer you this water treatment advice should be avoided at all costs.
• Clarify what features you will be getting in terms of a number of seats, number and style of jets, entertainment systems available and the manufacturer of the control box (powerpack).
• Some Hot Tubs can be plugged into a socket with a 3 pin plug and may only require a 13 amp fuse, depending on the heater and pump size, so check this very carefully with the retailer/ supplier.
• Other Hot Tubs need to be wired into the mains and so you will need to ensure a qualified electrician is able to connect your Spa or Hot Tub to the mains supply. Only a Part P registered/certified electrician should make the installation.
Customer Advice When Buying a Hot Tub or Swim Spa The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association.
• Do not purchase a Hot Tub if the company does not undertake a site survey, otherwise, how do they know that your home can accommodate their product?
• Check what arrangements there are for call outs and servicing if anything goes wrong with your purchase, including timescales and costs.
• Check if they are BISHTA members as the Association works on behalf of the industry to promote Hot Tub ownership and the promotion of safe spa water.
Image from riviera-hottubs.co.uk
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