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What is Black Friday?

Wildlife

This year Black Friday will be on Friday November 28, 2014 explains David Coton. Visit Gardensite to get 10% off Christmas and garden products (excludes Log Cabins) delivered to your home in time for Christmas*.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 27th of November, 2014.

Christmas Lighting

Wildlife

With technology evolving and an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency, there is now a far greater choice of Christmas lighting. Robert Hall discovers what type of lights will be trending this year.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Thursday, 27th of November, 2014.

Why Are Artificial Christmas Trees So Popular?

Christmas Lights

So convincingly realistic, artificial Christmas trees are now difficult to distinguish from real ones. Nathan James Dodd discovers that no needle drop, annual reuse and a great range of natural styles are among the reasons why artificial trees are increasing in popularity.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 25th of November, 2014.

GardenSite Shed Donated To Local School

Christmas Lights

Regular readers of The Gardener blog will remember the workshop GardenSite supplied to the Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield earlier in the year. David Coton now reports that it has now been donated to a local school in Birmingham.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Sunday, 23rd of November, 2014.

Christmas Penguin Ornaments

Garden Buildings

Although from the southern hemisphere, while Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, penguins are essential Christmas characters and Nathan James Dodd explains how to complete your decorations with this quirky flightless bird.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of November, 2014.

Autumn Gardening Shop

Christmas Lights

There's still plenty to do in the garden during November, and Nathan James Dodd explains why a visit to our online Autumn Gardening Shop may be very worthwhile.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 19th of November, 2014.

Manufacturer Konstsmide Visits GardenSite

Seasonal

Robert Hall reflects on the visit by Swedish lighting manufacturers Konstsmide to his garden centre in Sutton Coldfield, to see their Christmas products on display in store and online.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 18th of November, 2014.

Guide To Extendable LED Lights from Konstsmide

Low Voltage

David Coton provides a guide to extendable LED Christmas lights from Konstsmide.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 18th of November, 2014.

Stone Sundials Reviewed

Low Voltage

Stone sundials feature classical, traditional and contemporary designs, in Portland, Bath, Terracotta, Slate and Coade colours. Here Nathan James Dodd, reviews the UK range.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 17th of November, 2014.

Haddonstone Garden Furniture Reviewed

Landscaping

Decorative and practical, Haddonstone garden furniture takes inspiration from many different styles. Here is David Coton's review of Haddonstone garden furniture that's currently available on Gardensite.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Saturday, 15th of November, 2014.

Autumn Storm Damage

Landscaping

Although the autumn has been mild so far, there have been bad weather and flood warnings. Nathan James Dodd explains how to prevent storm damage and how to get an insurance quote if your greenhouse, shed or fencing are casualties of gales or floods.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 14th of November, 2014.

Winter Log Stores

Garden Buildings

David Coton has just fitted a log burner at home, he's now looking around for a log store to keep his wood dry, essential for the timber to burn well creating maximum heat rather than smoke.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 11th of November, 2014.

November Gardening Jobs

Garden Buildings

This guide by Nathan James Dodd will provide you with everything you need to keep you busy in your garden during November. From why you should not throw away your golden leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Saturday, 8th of November, 2014.

Heating Your Greenhouse

Seasonal

How warm your greenhouse is kept during the colder months of the year will be an important factor in which plants you grow and how early you can sow. Martyn Loach explains the best ways to heat your greenhouse over the winter.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 7th of November, 2014.

Feeding Garden Birds This Winter

Seasonal

Feeding birds who stay in this country over the cold winter months benefits both your feathered visitors and your garden. Nathan James Dodd describes how to encourage these visitors with bird feeders and specialist bird food.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 4th of November, 2014.

Interview with Guy Grainger, CEO of Forest Garden Group

Birds

Guy Grainger, CEO of Forest Garden, visited Hall's Garden Supplies to discuss this year's sales and future projects with our Senior Partner, Robert Hall.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 31st of October, 2014.

Emerald Sheds and Olympian Garages Now Available In Anthracite Grey

M&M

The Emerald range of sheds and garages from Shed Baron is now available in Anthracite Grey. Will this colour replace green for popularity within British gardens? Robert Hall investigates.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 29th of October, 2014.

Autumn Pond Netting

M&M

When the leaves start falling from the trees it is essential to cover your pond with netting. Here Dan Everton describes the different types of pond netting that will prevent leaves having a detrimental effect on pond water and wildlife.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 29th of October, 2014.

New Swallow Thermowood Greenhouses (Thermally Modified Wood)

Aquatics

Robert Hall investigates how manufacturers like Swallow Greenhouses are beginning to invest in Thermowood (Thermally Modified Wood) and analyses what this might mean for the UK garden buildings market.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 28th of October, 2014.

Protective Covers For Your Garden Furniture

Aquatics

With autumn upon us and the weather turning increasingly wet and windy, Martyn Loach thinks that you should be using covers to protect garden furniture.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 28th of October, 2014.

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