They'll be no shortage of gardening programmes on TV next year with several old favourites returning and also some new series. Andy Taylor has been finding out what's planned for 2017.
Hedgehogs are always welcome visitors to the garden, interesting to observe and useful predators of garden pests. Martyn Loach describes how you can attract them into your garden with hedgehog houses.
Similar to people, they prefer a dry, cosy place to live. Especially in the winter when they like to shut the cold weather out and hibernate.
In the wild hedgehogs will collect leaves, grass, bracken and other material to build nests under hedgerows or logs. In the garden they may set up home under your shed or compost heap.
The hedgehog house should be located in a quiet part of the garden, preferably against a wall or fence. The entrance should face south to avoid cold northerly winds.
It might be a while before any hedgehogs take up residence. If you have had no luck for a couple of years, think about re-locating the house to a more favourable place.
In the spring any hedgehogs should emerge looking for food. After they have checked out of the hedgehog house you can clean up after them using Pyrethrum, sometimes called nature's insecticide. The hedgehog house will then be ready for its next family to move in.
Gardens are incredibly important habitats and if you want to encourage wildlife and help combat a worrying depletion of native fauna, there are a number of insect and animal boxes that will attract a wide variety of insect and mammals.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.
When purchasing a Christmas tree, you may or may not be aware that you're continuing a centuries old tradition that was enthusiastically adopted by the Victorians. An artificial tree as Andy Taylor explains is just a modern take on this age old practice.