Requesting a greenhouse without glass is one of the more unusual inquiries that our Marketing Department has received, but it was all in the cause of art and we were pleased to help out local designer Julian Bull create his latest installation.
Many of the timber products that we sell on GardenSite are manufactured from pressure treated timber. On some occasions a substance similar to mould forms on the surface but, as David Coton explains, this is harmless and easy to remove.
The process involves submerging the timber in a container full of preservative solution. Pressure in the container is increased and the preservative forced into the wood.
After any excess preservative is drained, the timber is dried. It's at this stage that evaporating liquid leaves deposits on the surface of the timber.
These look like green/blue speckles (the same colour as the preservative) and can easily be mistaken for mould. Although when compared side by side, the difference between these speckles and mould is very apparent.
There's no need to worry as the speckles will disappear over time as the timber weathers. Alternatively, they can be removed either by pressure washing or light sanding.
During packing or storage, mould does sometimes occur if there isn't adequate air circulation. Again, this is nothing to be concerned about. The mould is only on the surface and not detrimental to the wood.
To remove it, just wipe with a damp cloth, brush or pressure wash the surface. You can also be reassured that when the product is assembled and in the open air, the mould will not return.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.