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.
Accessibility is an increasingly important consideration for manufacturers of garden equipment, Nathan James Dodd explores how some have addressed this issue.
Forest, a major supplier of timber garden products, believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.
That's why they are working together with 'Thrive', and organization whose mission is to use gardening to change the lives of disabled people.
Thrive advises Forest on the development of new products with disabled people invited to try them out give feedback. Forest's new accessible gardening collection is the result of this collaboration, with items designed for all those who need to sit, kneel, stand or use a wheelchair to garden.
The raised Mini Garden Trough for example is perfect for those people who have trouble bending, and the Trough and Cold Frame Planter has been designed with wheelchairs in mind. Other low maintenance and easily accessible products include raised beds, table planters, and ladders, and 2.5% from any sale is donated to Thrive.
If you're looking for a greenhouse, Eden has developed their own Zero Threshold™ sliding door system, which has step free access through single or double doors..
Raised ponds are perfect for any disabled fishkeeper, and Intalogs manufacture attractive timber clad ponds, square or hexagonal, of up to 400 gallons capacity with sides that are 2ft 4in (75cm) high.
The ponds are supplied with a liner and a pump or filtration system can be added to ensure the water is healthy enough to keep fish. They are easy to assemble and three seats can be screwed into place, so anyone can relax on the side of the pond admiring and feeding the fish.
Perhaps not immediately coming to mind, artificial grass can also be beneficial as of course it doesn't need mowing, feeding or weeding. Low maintenance, pet friendly and hard wearing, artificial grass is a durable and all weather surface.
Ornamental features should also not be underestimated in a fully accessible garden. GardenSite recently delivered ornaments to a interactive sensory garden in Glasgow, where their shape and texture can be touched and felt.
If you are a mobility scooter owner, refer to our blog on Asgard sheds that are accessible via a ramp, and where you can store your scooter, protected from the elements.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.