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Who Will Be Crowned ITV's BBQ Champ?

Wildlife

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 30th of July, 2015.

Toscano Fairies That Create A Magical Garden

Outdoor Living

Many gardens have magical qualities and, using Toscano resin figurines, David Hall has transformed his garden into a place that will truly enchant children and adults alike.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 29th of July, 2015.

Women Responsible For Increased Shed Sales

Resin Sculptures

So long a male reserve, the garden shed is now gaining popularity among women. 'She-sheds' are the new 'man caves' and used for a variety of purposes as Nathan James Dodd has discovered.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 28th of July, 2015.

August Pond Maintenance

Timber

Although disappointing at the moment, the summer may well heat up over August, and Dan Everton says this is a time when you must keep checking the health of your pond and aquatic plants.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Monday, 27th of July, 2015.

August Gardening Jobs

Pond Filter

After the frenetic growth of spring and early summer you may feel like sitting back and enjoying a more restful August in the garden, but as always there are lots of jobs to be done as Nathan James Dodd explains.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 27th of July, 2015.

Picnic Tables For Outdoor Dining

August

Eating outside is one of summer's pleasures and Nathan James Dodd thinks there's nothing better or more simple than a picnic table on which to share a meal with family and friends.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 24th of July, 2015.

Venting And Shading To Care For Greenhouse Plants

Bench

During the summer, the health of your greenhouse plants depends on adequate ventilation and shading. David Hall explains how the risk of overheating, dehydration and scorching can easily be averted.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 23rd of July, 2015.

Garden Storage Solutions Reviewed

Greenhouses

With the summer holidays upon us and children in the garden, you'll need somewhere to store their toys, footballs and other play equipment. Nathan James Dodd has been looking at what garden storage solutions are available.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 21st of July, 2015.

Metal Garages - Guaranteed Maintenance Free

Outdoor Furniture

Metals garages offer great value for money and are robustly constructed from high quality steel. Guaranteed not to rust or warp, and with no need of paint or preservatives, they are a maintenance free and very practical solution. David Coton considers the various options that are currently available.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 17th of July, 2015.

Protect Your Garden Equipment In A Security Shed

Garden Buildings

Sad to relate but garden thefts seem to be on the increase and that's why Nathan James Dodd thinks security sheds are such a good idea.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 15th of July, 2015.

Guide To Assembling A Juliana Greenhouse

Garden Buildings

If you're a general gardener then you may be a little caution when it comes to setting up and installing your own Greenhouse. Robert Hall explores the basic procedures and instructions for erecting a Juliana greenhouse within your garden and the steps involved from base preparation to the final touches.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 13th of July, 2015.

Shed Of The Year 2015 Announced

Garden Buildings

Channel 4's Shed Of The Year was announced last night, and Nathan James Dodd watched as the Inshriach Distillery at Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands won by the narrowest of margins.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 13th of July, 2015.

The Autistic Gardener Debuts On Channel 4

Summer House

Sutton Coldfield resident A. Gardner has the perfect job to fit his name, he's a gardener. Alan is also autistic and this week Nathan James Dodd watched the first in a series of his garden makeover shows.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 10th of July, 2015.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

Channel 4

With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 9th of July, 2015.

Plants That Are Poisonous For Pets

BBQ

Enthusiastic gardeners who are also pet owners may be surprised to learn that many of the plants they grow are toxic to cats and dogs. David Hall has been reading a recent report detailing the dangers.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 8th of July, 2015.

How To Deal With 'Mould' On Pressure Treated Timber

Seeds

Many of the timber products that we sell on GardenSite are manufactured from pressure treated timber. On some occasions a substance similar to mould forms on the surface but, as David Coton explains, this is harmless and easy to remove.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 7th of July, 2015.

Grow Your Own Strawberries For A Wimbledon Treat

Arbour

Tennis isn't everyone's cup of tea especially when for a fortnight it's impossible to get away from the sound of ball on racquet. However, one delicious advantageous of Wimbledon fully appreciated by Martyn Loach is strawberries and cream.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 6th of July, 2015.

July Pond Maintenance

Propagation

On average July is the hottest month of the year, and Dan Everton is busy maintaining his pond to keep the water and fish in top condition. However, safety especially during the school summer holidays should also be a prime consideration.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Monday, 29th of June, 2015.

July Gardening Jobs

Pond Filter

After a few colder than usual weeks, hot weather has now arrived to coincide with Wimbledon. However much excitement there is at SW19, Nathan James Dodd will find time for these July jobs around the garden.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 1st of July, 2015.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015

Seasonal

There can't be a better setting for a flower show than Hampton Court Palace, which has been a royal residence since the time of Henry VIII. With glorious weather predicted, Nathan James Dodd reviews what you can expect to find there this year.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 30th of June, 2015.

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