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  1. Container Gardening - A Guide to Using Plant Containers

    Container Gardening - A Guide to Using Plant Containers

    Why Containers/ Planters Are So Useful

    You’ve done it, I’ve done it - everyone’s done it. I’m on about buying a plant when you know that your garden is full.

    The plant is delivered and then you have to find a home for it. Or you may have a patio garden. All concrete and paving slabs. No greenery to be seen within the confines of your brick enclosure. Someone buys you a plant as a gift. Help!

    The answer to both these scenarios is, of course, containers. Any plant will grow in a container given a few principles.

    2 containers, sitting on grass, containing early-stage plants; 7 contai

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  2. Wooden, Metal or Plastic Sheds? Our Advice on How to Choose

    Wooden, Metal or Plastic Sheds? Our Advice on How to Choose

    Every garden needs a shed. Sheds are such versatile buildings: providing extra outdoor storage space for tools, lawnmowers and garden furniture; creating impressive home-gyms or garden offices; as well as being a superb place to grow seedlings and complete other gardening-related activities.

    But which garden shed should you choose? There is such a wide variety it can feel almost overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Even after you’ve decided on a size, you still need to pick between metal sheds, plastic sheds and wooden garden sheds. So, here’s our lowdown on your options.

    Wooden Sheds

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  3. Fencing - The Choice is Yours

    Fencing - The Choice is Yours

    Well, obviously the choice is yours as no one can force fencing onto you and your garden. But the choice is dazzling. So, here’s how to weave your way through to your fencing Utopia.

    For me the first thought is, ‘What do I want the fencing to do?’ It could be a straightforward answer such as ‘to mark the boundary between my neighbour and me’. It may be something along the lines of ‘I need to support a rampant clematis currently sprawling over the soil’ or even ‘something to disguise where the bins hang out’. There’s even a new fence panel designed to answer that persistent and ever-growing problem of noise! Once you’ve decide

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  4. Adding Arbours, Pergolas and Gazebos to Your Garden

    Adding Arbours, Pergolas and Gazebos to Your Garden

    As children, building dens in the garden was an instinct – blankets across the washing line, cardboard boxes upended and filled with cushions, and hollowed out hideaways under bushes.

    As grown-ups, we have much better ways to create those special places from which to make the most of our garden.

    When it comes to truly maximising enjoyment of our outdoor space, a permanent garden shelter is simply a must. Easy to erect and near maintenance-free, these shelters offer a beautiful standout garden feature, without significantly increasing our workload.


    So, which sort of shelter is right for your garden?

    The chances are that it will either be an arbour, pergola or gazebo but, to make an informed choice about which one to purchase, it’s important to consider exactly what you intend to use it for and to understand their different characteristics.

    Without furt

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  5. Fifteen Fun Shed Facts - for every devoted sheddie

    Fifteen Fun Shed Facts - for every devoted sheddie

    definition of sheddie

    At Buy Fencing Direct, we admit that most of us are sheddies in some form or another.  So, for all you fellow sheddies out there who love your sheds, we've compiled this list of shed facts for you.

    According to Kerry Maxwell, author of Brave New Words, "the affectionate term sheddie has been around for a number of years, but has only recently come into the public eye in connection with the observation that the current economic situation may in part be responsible for the growing popularity of 'garden offices'. Users of garden offices, also so

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  6. Concrete vs Wood Fence Posts - Our Garden Expert's View

    Concrete vs Wood Fence Posts - Our Garden Expert's View

    Concrete Fence Posts or Wood Fence Posts? It's a Dilemma 

    Imagine being an outcast on a desert island. All you can take are eight songs, a book and a luxury.

    Now the songs part is easy, the book simple, but the luxury? Hmmm, obviously (obviously!) it’s between a concrete or a wood fence post. Now there’s a dilemma.

    Weight

    Concrete Posts

    Concrete will weigh in heavier. A six-foot fence panel requires a heavy frame of concrete and they do need a couple of people to handle, manoeuvre and get in place.

    And once in place there is absolutely no tweaking or phrases like ‘don’t worry, the screws will bring it all together.’ Once in place that is the place. Forever.

    Wood Posts

    Wood, however, is slightly lighter, still heavy mind you, and - as with all posts and fencing - a helper is still a great idea.

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  7. Why Do I Need a Shed?

    Why Do I Need a Shed?

    Oh, come on. That’s not actually the correct question. It should be ‘How many sheds do I need?'. Every garden, no matter what size or location, needs a shed of some sort. Whether it’s a man cave, girl grotto or family retreat, of course you need a shed. 

      

    Storage: Okay, the traditional use of a shed is to store all your gardening stuff in. Spades, forks, garden furniture and cushions all need to be housed somewhere. And although you might be able to get away with a mower in the front room of your house (I did for a month - just the once), a shed will always come to the resc

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  8. Creative Fencing Ideas for Your Garden

    Fences are the backdrop for our gardens. Like a canvas, our plants, trees and other garden features create a picture – all framed by our garden fence.

    There are lots of fence styles to choose from – from traditional overlap fencing to decorative garden fencing styles, such as our Paloma fence panels. Why not take a look at our decorative fencing? Just click here to view our full range. But for some, the usual choices aren’t enough to satisfy their creative vision.

    If you want to make a bolder statement with your fence line, we’ve gathered lots of creative fencing ideas for how to use your fence to add something extra special to your garden.

    Decorative fencing ideas:

    Colour

    A simple way to spice up your garden fence

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  9. Why You Should Treat Your Fence Panels This Winter

    Why You Should Treat Your Fence Panels This Winter

    During winter, there aren’t as many gardening jobs to be done. The ground - frozen solid. The flowers? Long gone. If you can brave the cold, what better time to get outside and give your tired, old fence panels a new lease of life?

    The all-important preparation:

    Firstly, check your panels thoroughly, especially if they’ve been around for a few years. Wicked winter winds could have caused damage: loosening fixings, snapping battens and cracking slats of wood. In a particularly bad storm this could cause your panel to go cartwheeling across the garden – no one wants that! A little bit of sprucing also doesn’t hurt: remove those pesky cobwebs, lichen and weeds.

    Choosing your treatment:

    Try and calculate how much treatment you’ll need. This will vary from product to product, and we’d also recommend sticking to reputable, established brand names. Picking the best colour for your panels f

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  10. Forest Raised Log Planter Giveaway

    Forest Raised Log Planter Giveaway

    It’s GIVEAWAY TIME again here at Buy Fencing Direct!

    Here at Buy Fencing, we’re giving you the chance to win this beautiful Forest Raised Log Planter. With plenty of growth depth and area this garden planter is perfect for growing plants, vegetables and herbs. Constructed from half logs giving it an attractive appearance and when planted up it will create a stunning focal point for your garden.

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Fencing Facebook page.

    To be in with the chance of winning this Raised Log Planter, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is November 20th at Midday and the winner will be announced the following day November 21st.
    GOOD LUCK ever

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