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Christmas Penguin Ornaments

Wildlife

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.

Why Log Stores are Ideal for Storing your Wood Outside

Christmas Lights

Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Nathan James Dodd explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 19th of September, 2013.

Why Log Stores Are Essential To Season Autumn Fire Wood

Winter

Wood burners have become very popular over the past few years. For maximum heat output any logs must be dry and well seasoned and Martyn Loach thinks that a log store is the best way to protect the wood from bad weather during the autumn.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 29th of August, 2016.

Gardening Trends Highlighted At Glee

Forest

Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 20th of September, 2016.

A Working Breakfast At Glee With Diarmuid Gavin

Outdoor Furniture

A breakfast briefing with Diarmuid Gavin was one of the high points of Glee 2016 for Nathan James Dodd, when the discussion focussed on how to attract young people into the gardening industry.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 19th of September, 2016.

David Coton's Review Of Glee 2016

Diarmuid Gavin

GLEE, held at the NEC in Birmingham last week, gave David Coton an excellent opportunity to catch up on everything that is currently happening in the garden and leisure industry and what the future holds. Here is his review of the exhibition.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 19th of September, 2016.

Gardensite Again Wins 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' At Glee

GLEE

Repeating the success of last year, Nathan James Dodd is pleased to report that Gardensite.co.uk has again been voted as having the 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' at Glee 16, the UK's most important Garden and Leisure Industry show.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of September, 2016.

How To Get Garden Buildings Ready For Autumn And Winter

GLEE

Recent flash floods have reminded us all that this year's Indian summer is over and we are very probably heading inexorably towards autumn gales and winter frosts. Nathan James Dodd outlines what precautions you can take to protect your garden structures.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 16th of September, 2016.

How to Get Your Pond Ready for Autumn and Winter

Greenhouses

This is our aquatic expert Dan Everton's guide to getting your garden pond ready for Autumn and Winter, as it's important to plan ahead now before the leaves begin to fall and cold weather freezes the water

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Friday, 16th of September, 2016.

Autumn Storage Solutions

Autumn

Outdoor storage is particularly useful during the autumn when you have limited house space. David Coton reviews the best ways of protecting your belongings and tidying the garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 16th of September, 2016.

Nectar Rich Late Flowering Plants That Attract Pollinators

Seasonal

Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 15th of September, 2016.

Caring For Your Pressure Treated Garden Product

Butterflies

So you've just brought a new wooden shed, structure or timber feature for your garden. It states that it has been pressure treated, but what does that actually mean? Check out our handy guide which will explain the benefits and concerns of owning a pressure treated garden product.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 14th of September, 2016.

Innovative Boot Store Arriving Soon from Forest Garden

Garden Buildings

During the 2016 GLEE Exhibition in Birmingham, Forest Garden revealed some of their new garden storage products for the upcoming 2017 Season. The GardenSite team were eagerly waiting to see what they had planned and the one which caught our attention was the cleverly designed Boot Store, which has been designed to solve the age-old problem of where to store those muddy wellies and boots within your home.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 14th of September, 2016.

A Brush With UK Gold

Sheds

Ever the proud father you can imagine how proud I was when both my daughters started full-time work this week.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 9th of September, 2016.

Charlie Dimmock Returns With Garden Rescue

Sheds

Charlie Dimmock returned to our screens last week with Garden Rescue and Nathan James Dodd has been catching up on what has been happening in this latest garden transformation programme.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 5th of September, 2016.

September Gardening Jobs

BBC

Nathan James Dodd suggests that during September there are many ways to maximise the growing season shile also preparing for the approaching autumn.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 29th of August, 2016.

September Pond Maintenence

September

When September arrives autumn is just around the corner and, with falling temperatures as well as leaves, Dan Everton has plenty of jobs around the pond.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Monday, 29th of August, 2016.

How To Choose Spring Bulbs For Early Colour

Seasonal

Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 22nd of August, 2016.

2016 Shed Of The Year Winner

Crocus

As closely run as any Olympic event, Martyn Loach saw how the 2016 Shed Of The Year was won by the 'West Wing' Eco Shed, the perfect hideaway at the bottom of a Berkshire garden.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 22nd of August, 2016.

August Pond Maintenance

Media

Although slightly 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, 1st of August, 2016.

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