Gardening Projects

  1. Bug Hotels – Roll Out the Red Carpet for Insects

    Bug Hotels – Roll Out the Red Carpet for Insects

    Most bugs are great in the garden. Even the nasties are part of a bigger picture. You can help keep this all in a healthy balance, and get your garden looking great, by building a bug hotel. Welcome them in, carry their bags to their room and always be there when needed. You'll soon reap the benefits. 









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  2. Paint or Stain a Fence – The Best Way to Care for Fencing

    Paint or Stain a Fence – The Best Way to Care for Fencing

    Why should I paint or stain my fence? 

    Any high-quality wooden fence you buy will carry a guarantee against rot and fungal decay. That’s because, prior to your purchase, the wood will have undergone one of two types of protective treatment: dip treatment or pressure treatment. 

    Dip treated wood will need re-treating annually for the preservative to remain effective. Pressure treated wood, although not for a considerable amount of time, will eventually need re-treating too. There’s no escaping it; at some point or another, all wood needs protecting from rot, insects, wear and tear if it is to remain healthy and main

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  3. How to Stop a Fence Rotting

    How to Stop a Fence Rotting

    When was the last time you inspected your garden fence for signs of rot and fungal decay?

    Oh, you can’t tell me? Tut-tut, that just won’t do.

    Unbeknownst to many, the greatest threat to any innocent run of garden fencing isn’t powerful, gale-force winds - extreme weather of this nature is so unlikely in this country - nor a swift, slat-splitting kick from a hooligan idly destroying every panel within a two-mile radius.

    No, the true arch-nemesis of your fence panels and posts is far more banal. Slowly it creeps, until your entire fencing run is consumed, rendering it useless, and your pockets empty. Rot, is the most perilous hazard facing your fence panels and posts.

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  4. Late Summer in the Greenhouse

    Late Summer in the Greenhouse

    Practical Greenhouse Tips for Late Summer 

    It’s been a scorcher of a summer so far and every plant in your greenhouse has worked hard to thrive and survive. Take some time to get your greenhouse ship shape and carry out those summer greenhouse tasks. 

    3 pictures of a woman working in the 8x12 Palram Essence Greenhouse


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  5. Top 10 Ideas for Garden Decking

    Top 10 Ideas for Garden Decking

    There aren’t many better ways to transform your garden than with decking boards. Coming in a range of styles, they are suitable for a vast array of innovative garden projects. Let’s take a look at some of the many uses for decking now, in our Top 10 Ideas for Garden Decking.

    Wood decking


    No. 10 – A vantage point to admire fish in your pond

    There’s something special about a wood deck placed next to water, isn’t there? Not only do they look attractive, decking boards also provide you with a stable, secure vantage poi

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  6. A Hanging Basket Can Be for Life, Not Just Summer

    A Hanging Basket Can Be for Life, Not Just Summer

    Sure, a stuffed-out, summer-flowering hanging basket in full flow is a joy when hanging from a secure bracket on a well-maintained fence. But once autumn arrives, the plants fade and are consigned to the compost bin, what happens then? Of course, you can replace it with a winter basket. And that will last until spring, then begin to look a little tatty before summer bursts back on the scene. Or...you can plant up one basket to last the whole year round.

    Hanging baskets

    A good-sized basket is best. The compost doesn’t dry out as quickly and you can get more in there! Then a little bit of planning and planting and a 12-month-of-the-year display is possible:

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  7. Fencing Ideas for Your Front Garden

    Fencing Ideas for Your Front Garden

    After last summer’s project, your back garden now boasts a magnificent run of fencing; six-foot fence panels, gravel boards, matching fence posts and even finials beautifully frame your lawn, flower beds and vegetable patch. How about your front garden though? A threadbare garden hedge that’s been there for as long as you can remember? Clearly its time for an upgrade – wooden fence panels are the solution.

    Wooden fence panels required

    Featheredge and close board fencing

    Perhaps you live on a main road and have children or pets to look after? The best fe

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  8. On the Up – Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg on a Fence Panel

    On the Up – Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg on a Fence Panel

    Everyone likes the idea of a bit of GIY (grow it yourself) but some are put off by lack of space. And a shortage of time. After all, allotment waiting lists can be long and a dedicated two days a week to keeping a plot ship-shape unfeasible. Never fear - if you have a fence panel you can be a top GIY-er. Honest.

    A vertical garden

    A sturdy fence panel is the perfect support for runner beans. Planted in the ground or into large pots, plants will scramble and twirl in and out of slats and sections of a fence panel. Same thing goes for climbing French beans. Oh, and cucumbers, pumpkins and indeed anything that either climbs or usually flops on the floor.

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  9. 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, 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

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  10. Concrete vs Wooden Posts

    Concrete vs Wooden Posts

    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 wooden post. Now there’s a dilemma.

    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, however, is slightly lighter, still heavy mind you, and - as with all posts and fencing - a helper is still a great idea. There is a bit of tweak-room with wood as it is a natural material and will be slightly more forgiving of a millimetre tolerance or two.

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