Some new sizes of wooden greenhouses are now available. They are delivered in large sections which just need to be joined together. The panels are durable styrene so you don't need to worry about breaking glass when you are putting the greenhouse together, or when kids breaking glass when playing in the garden. (I remember as a kid trying to lock my sister out of my grandpa's greenhouse, and we were struggling with the door handle, me on the inside and sister on the outside, and the door slammed and cracked the glass. I think it's the one and only time i got told off by my grandpa.) So with styrene windows this sort of problem can be avoided!
The frames are wood, which as a natural material blends in well with gardens. Available in the grow your own section.
If you are planning a traditional English cottage garden border, check out these old cigarette cards, with 1 different plants that are perfect for cottage gardens.
Save money if you have a water meter. Every time you fill a watering can from your water butt instead of from a mains tap, it means your water meter bill doesn't increase.
Easy access. Having a water butt in your garden means you can very quickly fill a watering can and water your plants. It's a lot faster, than having to go into a kitchen or utility room, which might mean having to carry the heavy watering can down steps.
Great quality water for garden plants. Unlike tap water, rainwater does not contain chlorine. It is also ideal pH, and lacks “hard” water minerals, additives, and conditioners, and has the presence of beneficial nutrients. It is a soft water, and is usually a warmer temperature, than water from the cold tap. Rainwater is perfect for plants.
Help the environment. The water butt is made from recycled plastic from household waste, old car bumpers etc. Creating useful products from waste plastic reduces the amount sent to landfill. If a lot of houses in an area have rainwater butts, it can help reduce flash flooding after a heavy storm, by lowering the volume of water flowing fast down drainpipes into gutters.
Made in Britain. British made, you will be supporting UK manufacturing jobs.
FLOATING - Water lily, common water-crowfoot, frogbit.
POND EDGES - Marsh marigold, globeflower, pillwort, brooklime, watermint, lesser spearwort, water forgot-me-not.
SUBMERGED - Water violet, rigid hornwort.
Gardenis.co.uk sell 3 sizes of preformed pond;
Small - 85 litres is about the size of a large Belfast sink (£30 inc UK delivery)
Medium - 200 litres is about the size of a small bath (£48 inc UK delivery)
Large - 420 litres, the surface area of an average fireside rug. (£78 inc UK delivery)
(Delivery is usually 1 to 2 days excluding weekends)
Once complete, children can monitor the pond over the next few years to see if it has any attracted any wildlife, such as frogs. Ponds are not suitable for gardens of homes with very young children, eg 3 and under. If one is installed in such a garden, it should be in area only accessible behind a fence, with a locked gate that only adults can open.
The preformed plastic ponds have been selling great this year, available in 3 sizes, the smallest (£30) being not much bigger than a Belfast sink, the medium (£48) the size of a small bath and the large (£78) the size of a fireside rug (All prices include delivery). However, with a calculator you can work out the approx surface they would make if all those sold this year were placed together. It's surprising just how big the area is, in fact its probably not far off being equivalent to this large wildlife pond above!
I know plenty of the customers were intending on creating a mini wetland in their garden, with native British aquatic plants, such as Marsh Marigold, so its great to think that a surface area of freshwater as big as that above has been created this year, just by customers of gardenis.co.uk. All will be providing habitats for insects, frogs, toads, and a place for garden birds to access water, across GB & Northern Ireland. And the great news is that every week the total surface area just keeps on growing. If the ponds keep selling as well as they have been, at this rate we'll eventually create a surface area as big as LAKE WINDERMERE! ;0)
You can help restore Britain's pond numbers by ordering one here;
As well as the preformed plastic ponds, we sell larger pond liner and underlay wildlife ponds. Available here;
A nice article featuring our preformed ponds. Available in 3 sizes. They are perfect for making a small wildlife garden pond, quickly and easily. The article has tips about where to position your pond, and British native aquatic plants that can be added. Did you know the number of ponds have halved in the UK in the last century?! The good news is loads of gardeners are adding them to their gardens, which will all help to restore habitats for frogs, dragonflies, newts etc.