How to keep warm in the gar­den this win­ter

Country Homes & Interiors - - GARDEN NOTES -

We asked Louise Wright of the Woodee how to stay warm when out­doors.

how do you light a fire? make a te­pee out of kin­dling over a heaped bed of dry tin­der. light the tin­der and slowly add more kin­dling and logs in the same shape, as this al­lows air to cir­cu­late. ash is the best wood to burn, but it needs to be very dry.

any tips for a fire pit or mini bonfire in the gar­den? site away from build­ings and over­hang­ing trees. a fire pit can be sit­u­ated on most sur­faces but avoid wooden deck­ing; a bonfire re­quires a cleared area – bare earth is best. make a slight dip in the base so that the fire rolls in­wards on it­self. Con­sider wildlife and build a bonfire just be­fore light­ing it so noth­ing hides in­side.

any tips on pre­par­ing wood? First, cut the tim­ber into logs. Then store un­der cover and off the ground, for at least a year. To make your own tin­der, save prun­ings. dead, dry leaves and flower stems, such as laven­der and net­tles, make good tin­der. hawthorn, birch, ju­niper and pine cones are great kin­dling.

What’s your favourite meal to cook on a fire pit? Bonfire pota­toes and a ‘throw it all in’ stew. Fin­ish it off with baked ap­ples and i’m warmed to the tips of my toes! The Woodee, 01981 550524, the­woodee. com.

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