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.
Regular readers of the Gardener blog will recall last year's 'Shed Of The Year' competition. Martyn Loach now reports on the remarkable structures vying for the 2015 accolade.
Featured again as part of Channel 4's 'Amazing Spaces' series, there has been a record breaking 2520 entries for this year's competition.
Last year the top prize was claimed by an Allotment Roof Shed which survived intense competition from a Mobile Disco Shed and a two storey Teapot Shed.
Instead of placing his shed on an allotment, the winner had the bright idea of putting an allotment on his shed. So inside there's a music room and workshop, while above potatoes, leaks, beetroot and host of other vegetables happily grow.
There are eight categories this time around including 'normal' which seems to be a contradiction in terms. The others are Eco, Cabin/Summerhouse, Workshop/Studio/ Unique, Pub, Budget and Historical.
Extraordinary and wacky creations abound, spectacular examples of inspired and eccentric design, in which the owners can work, play or perhaps surprisingly live.
Among the finalists there's a night club filled with car boot purchases, a pirate's retreat with caribbean memorabilia, a shack with World War 2 gun turrets, and a 'shedservatory' with an opening roof that reveals a telescope.
To vote for your favourite shed, go to the Shed Of The Year website.
Remember if you're not quite ready for a shed that might be a winning entry, there's always an impressive selection of very practical and easily assembled timber, metal and plastic sheds from all the major manufacturers on Gardensite.
With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
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.
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.