9 Dirt cheap gardening tips

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Get your garden into shape for summer!

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”, or so the saying goes. Yes, it’s March – time to prise the shed door open, sweep the cobwebs away and reach for your gardening tools.

But how can you make the most of your outdoor space, and save money at the same time? Here are our top ten tips to help you save money in the garden.

Think planters made from recycled sturdy mens boots; a novel fertiliser solution and a good old fashioned weed killer alternative…

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5 steps to a Valentine’s Day picnic

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Plan a perfect picnic!

If you’re still feeling the pinch of austerity, or having a personal post Christmas credit crunch, you may be wondering how to make Valentine’s day special without breaking the bank.

But enjoying the romance of February 14th is perfectly possible without prejudicing your finances.

Make this year’s Valentine’s celebrations memorable by heading outdoors for a Valentine’s Day picnic.

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Cold snap snappy dressing

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Stay snug…

Feeling a tad nippy? We’re not surprised! The snow has set in and temperatures nosedived to -11C in parts of the country last night.

Forecasters have released a cold weather warning, with no respite in sight from the snow, ice and bitter winds. But as renowned fell walker, Alfred Wainwright once put it: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

We thought we’d pay heed to those wise words and share our top tips for staying warm during this bitter cold snap.

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These shoes were made for dancing

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It’s time to boogie!

Every generation has its beat – the rhythm of the time – and with it an era defining dance craze.

From the days of dancehall to the newly emerging rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s, and from 1960s Beatles Britpop to1970s Northern Soul and beyond.

Here we take a look at the music that ruled the airwaves, the dance styles of the times and the mens shoes that completed the look.

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Technology demands bigger trousers!

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Bigger phones, bigger pockets…

Is your pocket feeling the strain? New generation smartphones cost a pretty penny, but we’re not talking about the cost of upgrading your phone.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is over 6” long by 3” wide, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 measures approximately 5.5” x 3”, LG’s G3 has a 5.5” display. Time was when smaller was better, but the sheer size of the latest offerings from the communications giants makes for a lot of computer to cram into your pocket of a standard pair of mens trousers.

But as technology changes, we adapt…

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These shoes were made for walking: The best walking apps

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Get ready to ramble

Forget exercise, the new watchword is ‘movement’, and the best ‘movement’ of all? Walking.

Experts now say there’s evidence to suggest that even if you work out, that hour of training four or five times a week still isn’t enough to undo the damage caused by an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. But if you walk a lot, you’re doing yourself good with every step. That’s because putting one foot in front of the other helps the body’s systems work at their most efficient, keeping you fit and healthy for longer.

And now your phone can help get you moving. Motivating, guiding and providing information on the move, walking apps make the whole business of exploring on foot just that little bit easier. Here to help you make the most of a decent pair of mens shoes, our guide to the best walking apps.

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