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Our Review Of La Hacienda Outdoor Heating

Wildlife

Although evenings are becoming cooler, there's no reason why you can't still enjoy your garden to the full. Nathan James Dodd has been looking at the La Hacienda range of outdoor heating that makes this possible.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 27th of August, 2015.

How to Choose and Plant a Cherry Tree

Chimenea

Sweet cherries are fabulous to eat straight from the tree and their sour counterparts are excellent for cooking and jam. David Hall reviews how to choose, plant and maintain these delicious fruit trees.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 27th of August, 2015.

How To Grow Conservatory Plants

Plants & Flowers

If you're fortunate enough to have a conservatory, plants from all over the world can be invited into your home. As David Hall explains, succulents, citrus fruits and plants with outstanding foliage can all can be grown successfully in the warm, bright conditions.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How To Choose A Pond Filter

Gardening

All ponds need a filtration system to keep the water clean, clear and healthy. As Dan Everton points out, stocking levels of fish are much higher in a garden pond than in the wild and, without a filter, impurities accumulate to create a toxic environment.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How to grow and care for Succulents

Pond Maintenance

Nathan James Dodd has always enjoyed growing the vast and varied group of plants known as succulents and cacti. As he explains, their attempts to master a range of often hostile conditions, has resulted in the development of a fantastic array of interesting and appealing shapes, colours and textures.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How To Create An Accessible Garden

Plants

Accessibility is an increasingly important consideration for manufacturers of garden equipment, Nathan James Dodd explores how some have addressed this issue.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How to Choose and Plant An Apple Tree

Sculptures

Autumn is the perfect time to plant fruit trees and once you have tasted your own apples in season you'll realise how much tastier they are compared to that from a supermarket. Even if you have a relatively small garden, David Hall thinks there I still space for a tree if you choose carefully and manage correctly.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

GardenSite Supports Zest 4 Leisure's Charity Challenges

Fruit

GardenSite was recently very pleased to support two executives from Zest 4 Leisure who are competing in a series of challenges to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. Nathan James Dodd reports on their outstanding efforts.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 25th of August, 2015.

A Guide To Asgard Metal Storage Sheds

Fruit

Asgard manufacture very strong and secure Metal Storage units for garden equipment, bikes, motor cycles and mobility scooters, Nathan James Dodd reviews their impressive range.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 24th of August, 2015.

GardenSite Source New And Innovative Products From Glee 2015

Garden Buildings

Glee, the UK's leading garden wholesale buying event, will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham on 14-16 September, and David Coton and the rest of the GardenSite team will be there to source new products to bring you in 2016.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 19th of August, 2015.

Everything You Need To Know About Planters & Containers

Seasonal

Planters have many uses, as garden features, used for flower displays, or to break up hard landscaping. Nathan James Dodd loves these invaluable garden ornaments that play a leading role on the garden design stage.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Techmar Low Voltage Lighting

Haddonstone

With autumn nearly upon us, Nathan James Dodd recommends installing outdoor lighting that makes the garden come alive during dark evenings.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 1st of January, 1970.

Decorate Your Aquarium With Ornaments

Low Voltage

Aquarium ornaments range from the naturalistic through decorative to what might be called novelty items. Dan Everton says that all add interest and form part of a pleasing aquascape.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Can Nature Forecast The Weather?

Aquarium Decorations

Gardening and the weather have an intimate relationship and both are have attracted a huge amount of folklore over the years. David Hall discovers if technology or nature are more accurate forecasters of whether it will rain or shine.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Water Feature Maintenance, Spares and Accessories

Seasonal

With winter on its way, Nathan James Dodd will soon start to protect his garden water features from the excesses of British weather as frost, snow and ice do them no favours.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Classic Garden Furniture; Timelessly Captivating

Fountains

Classic garden furniture is timeless and never goes out of fashion. As Nathan James Dodd discovers, great design and high quality manufacture combine to ensure longevity, reflecting style and practicality that endures to the present day.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

Raised Beds For Vegetables Explained

Picnic Table

David Hall was digging his allotment recently, keeping an eye on an adjacent plot holder who was constructing raised beds. Taking a breather, it crossed my mind whether I should adopt such a system, would it prove more productive and less hard work?

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Forest Log Cabins Review

Organic Gardening

Forest, the UK’s largest manufacturer and distributor of garden timber products, have an impressive collection of excellently designed, sustainably sourced, log cabins that Nathan James Dodd finds are suitable for many and varied uses.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

How To Eradicate Moss From Your Lawn

Forest

If you're the one who regularly cuts the lawn, the chances are you'll know about moss; but do you know how to successfully treat it? David Hall shares a few tips on how to beat moss and have a healthy lawn.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

How To Make Your Own Compost

Turf and Artificial Grass

A compost heap, or preferably two, is an essential part of every garden. Composting is just a system by which goodness is returned to the earth and Nathan James Dodd shows how easy and cheap it is to replicate nature with a compost heap or bin.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

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