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Grow Your Own Strawberries For A Wimbledon Treat

Wildlife

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.

A New Series Of Love Your Garden

Seasonal

Love Your Garden has just returned for a fifth series, David Hall has been watching how Alan Titchmarsh and his team have been transforming outdoor spaces and neglected gardens into attractive living areas.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 25th of June, 2015.

Populating Your Garden With Animal Ornaments And Statuary

TV

Although we all like to encourage wildlife into the garden, creatures of a more inanimate nature can populate the landscape. Not all are native to the British Isles and Nathan James Dodd describes how your outdoor space can become quite a menagerie.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 24th of June, 2015.

First Nominees For 'Shed of the Year'

Bats

The first of four shows featuring the 'Shed Of The Year' competition was aired on Sunday 21 June and as expected Nathan James Dodd saw several remarkable structures.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 22nd of June, 2015.

Garden Gates: Plain or Decorated, Wooden or Metal.

Channel 4

A garden gate might be seen as an add-on, with the accompanying fence in the starring role leaving the gate with only a bit part. But David Coton thinks they ought to be promoted to top billing.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 22nd of June, 2015.

Special Rose To Breakthrough At National Plant Show

Trellis

A new rose will be unveiled at this week's HTA National Plant Show, Nathan James Dodd reports that it's the result of a fund raising partnership between Nursery Fresh Plants and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, with initial help from GardenSite.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 23rd of June, 2015.

Water Features That Add Classic Style To Your Garden

Plants & Flowers

Ornate water features and fountains are familiar sights particularly in stately gardens and formal locations. David Coton reviews some alternatives that will add distinguished elegance to your home.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 18th of June, 2015.

Using Containers And Planters To Grow Vegetables

Borderstone

Many of us have modest outside spaces but they needn't be unproductive and, as David Hall finds out, containers and planters are a brilliant way of growing vegetables and herbs.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 17th of June, 2015.

Gardensite Sponsors Show Garden at Gardeners' World Live 2015

Organic Gardening

Nathan James Dodd is proud to announce Gardensite is sponsoring a Show Garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2015.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 10th of June, 2015.

Create Your Own Jurassic World With These Dinosaurs

Garden Buildings

To coincide with the release of Jurassic World on 11 June, Nathan James Dodd describes how you can create your own theme park with dinosaurs produced in fine detail and with enormous precision by Toscano and Borderstone.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 8th of June, 2015.

How To Water Garden Plants Throughout The Summer

Borderstone

With a bit of luck, the summer might start soon and that means you may have to keep plants well watered throughout any dry period. David Hall has a few ideas on the most effective ways of ensuring your plants don't go thirsty.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 5th of June, 2015.

Choosing Scented Plants To Go Around Your Garden Arbour

sprinklers

With evenings becoming warmer, you will be spending more time in the garden and Robert Hall enjoys relaxing outdoors in an arbour at this time of the year surrounded by night scented plants.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of May, 2015.

Add Interest to Your Home & Garden With A Wall Plaque

Grange

Walls, whether they mark a boundary or support your house, are on the whole functional and unappealing. Nathan James Dodd suggests using wall plaques and ornaments to improve their appearance.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 4th of June, 2015.

Summer Playhouses For Your Children Reviewed

Sculptures

Now that the sun shows signs of emerging from behind the clouds, David Coton's children are itching to play outside, here he reviews a selection of playhouses that will entertain your children and their friends throughout the summer.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 4th of June, 2015.

Garden Patio Decking Kits Reviewed

Garden Buildings

Very adaptable and the ideal answer if your garden is a challenging site, decking never seems to lose its popularity. If, like David Coton, you want decking that comes complete and is easy to install, then a kit is the perfect solution.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 3rd of June, 2015.

How To Eliminate Garden Weeds

Timber

At this time of the year everything in the garden should be flourishing, including weeds. Nathan James Dodd considers the options on how to prevent and remove these unwanted intruders.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 3rd of June, 2015.

GardenSite Prepares For Gardeners' World Live

Organic Gardening

Gardeners' World Live at the NEC is just over a week away and Nathan James Dodd has found that preparations for the GardenSite sponsored garden are well under way.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 2nd of June, 2015.

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