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Top Ten Pieces Of Equipment For A Forest School

Wildlife

Forest Schools are inspiring places, designed to give children the opportunity to develop confidence and increase self-esteem in natural woodland. Nathan James Dodd suggests ten items that will useful in such an environment.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 20th of May, 2016.

How To Create A Mud Kitchen

Bench

When David Coton's children suggested setting up a mud kitchen, he was initially unsure what was involved, but soon found out that they are easy to set up, great fun, educational and would keep the children busy for hours.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 20th of May, 2016.

Time To Live Rose At The Chelsea Flower Show

Children

Since its launch, the 'Time To Live' rose has proved a great success raising funds for the Breast Cancer Now charity. Nathan James Dodd has now learnt that it will be featured at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 19th of May, 2016.

How To Create A Herb Garden

Time To Live Rose

Interest in growing herbs has increased sharply over the last few years, many are used in cooking and others have valuable medicinal qualities. Nathan James Dodd gives you advice on what herbs to choose and how to grow them.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 11th of May, 2016.

Reasons To Choose An Intalogs or Blagdon Raised Pond

Herbs

There's no doubt that building a pre-formed or liner pond involves a certain amount of hard work, so Nathan James Dodd thinks that a raised version from Intalogs or a Blagdon is well worth considering.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 12th of May, 2016.

May Gardening Jobs

Aquatics

With little chance of frost for most of the country and the weather becoming increasingly warm, May is a very busy month in the gardening calendar. Nathan James Dodd explains what should be happening in your garden.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 29th of April, 2016.

How To Transform Your Pond With Plants

Propagators

A pond is an essential part of the garden landscape, and plants transform their appearance as well as ensuring a healthy aquatic environment. Dan Everton, our Aquatics Supervisor, shares his thoughts on the best plants to use.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 11th of May, 2016.

How to Build a Pond

Aquatics

Today the most popular way to build a pond is to use either a pre-formed shape or a liner, concrete is more time consuming and can be very demanding, Dan Everton compares the merits of each method.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 11th of May, 2016.

May Pond Maintenance

Pond Construction

With the weather warming up, May is a good time to introduce new life into your pond and complete any maintenance activities left over from the winter and spring. Dan Everton reviews the tasks that need to be undertaken this month.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 20th of April, 2016.

Trimetals Wins Prestigious Queen's Award

Pond Plants

Trimetals metal storage solutions continue to be popular best sellers on GardenSite and the company has now been officially recognised as one of Britain's 'brightest businesses'. Robert Hall learnt of this latest achievement on the Queen's birthday.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 22nd of April, 2016.

Urban And Contemporary Timber Garden Structures From Grange

Pond Plants

Grange have a long history of manufacturing decorative timber garden structures. Their new Urban and Contemporary collections feature the type of sharp, clean lines that Nathan James Dodd thinks will benefit any modern landscape.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 21st of April, 2016.

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Health

Grange

The connection between gardening and good health is well established and Robert Hall has learned that it's now going to be the subject of a report from The King's Fund.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 12th of April, 2016.

How Gardening Can Help Autism

Health

Autism affects a person's relationship with others and the way in which they experience the world. Gardening has increasingly been recognised as a rewarding activity for those with autism and Nathan James Dodd has been discovering why this seems to be true.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 11th of April, 2016.

National Gardening Week 2016

Gardening

National Gardening Week is taking place from Monday 11 April to Sunday 17 April and Nathan James Dodd has been discovering what is happening during the UK's largest celebration of gardening.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 11th of April, 2016.

Laying Turf FAQs

Community Gardening

A well laid lawn, that enhances the appearance of your garden and home, is the ambition of many gardeners. There's still time to lay turf before any hot dry weather arrives and Nathan James Dodd answers some of the questions that are most frequently asked on this subject.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 8th of April, 2016.

How To Plan A Herbaceous Border

Turf and Artificial Grass

A herbaceous border is a collection of perennials that are closely grouped to create a dramatic, colourful and structural show. Nathan James Dodd shares some ideas on how to create a perfect border which will be an eye catching spectacle that will last throughout the summer.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 7th of April, 2016.

How To Make Your Own Compost

Herbaceous Border

Composting is an entirely natural way of recycling your garden and kitchen waste, transforming it into a nutrient rich material that your plants will love. 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 Wednesday, 6th of April, 2016.

Camellia, The Prettiest Flowering Shrub

Sustainability

David Hall thinks that Camellias are without doubt among the prettiest flowering shrubs and, although not native to this country, they are perfectly at home in a cool climate, enjoying dry winters and warm, wet summers.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 5th of April, 2016.

How To Buy And Sow Seed

Seasonal

Most keen gardeners can't wait until spring arrives, bringing with it warmer temperatures. The opportunity to buy and sow seed for the coming season has arrived and David Hall explains how to do this successfully.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 4th of April, 2016.

How to Plant Aquatic Pond Baskets

Spring

A pond must have plants to increase bio-diversity, enliven it and add interest, and one of the best ways to fill a pond with plants is to use aquatic baskets, Here's Dan Everton's guide to achieve the best results.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Friday, 1st of April, 2016.

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