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What To Do In The Garden in June

Wildlife

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Sunday, 27th of May, 2018.

GardenSite Donates Prize To Grow Your Own Picnic

Seeds

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 25th of May, 2018.

GardenSite Donates Picnic Table To Love Your Garden

Plants & Flowers

Over the years GardenSite has regularly provided support and donated items to television programmes including Love Your Garden. A few months ago we were again contacted by the production company concerning a garden Alan Titchmarsh were planning to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

Author: Lauren Bilboe

Written by Lauren Bilboe.
Published on Wednesday, 23rd of May, 2018.

The Eternal Summerhouse By Julian Bull

Grange

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 16th of May, 2018.

Take Your Own Plant Cuttings

Vitavia

Propagating by taking cuttings, whether from your own plants or ones you admire in neighbouring gardens, is a fantastic way of increasing the variety of plants in your own garden free of charge, and all you need are a sharp knife and patience.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 14th of May, 2018.

Keeping Rabbits In The Garden

Gardening

Rabbits make great pets, they are fun to have around, not difficult to keep and appeal to all ages. There are plenty of breeds to choose from, each with their own characteristics such as size, colour and temperament. Whichever you prefer, the perfect place to keep them is in the garden.

Author: Lauren Bilboe

Written by Lauren Bilboe.
Published on Thursday, 10th of May, 2018.

How Easy Is It To Keep Chickens In The Garden?

Livestock

All you need to keep chickens in your garden is a coop or hen house and an enclosed run. The coop can be built to your own specifications, other garden buildings such as a shed can be converted and re-purposed as a coop, or most people purchase one that is either ready built or that needs assembling. A run can be an integral part of the coop's design or you can construct one using wire mesh.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 1st of May, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In May

Chicken Coop

Although the weather is feeling decidedly chilly for the time of the year, during May the threat of frost will pass and, with spring well under way, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 30th of April, 2018.

How To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

Flowers

In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 23rd of April, 2018.

How Can I Help To Save Our Bees?

Bats

Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 22nd of March, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In April

Nesting Boxes

With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 29th of March, 2018.

How Can I Make Compost?

Aquatics

Composting is an entirely natural way of recycling your garden and kitchen waste, transforming it into a nutrient rich material that your plants will love. Martyn Loach shows how easy and cheap it is to replicate nature and create the ideal conditions in which your flowers and shrubs will thrive.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 4th of May, 2018.

Trimetals Launch Two New Guardian Sheds

Organic Gardening

As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 12th of March, 2018.

GardenSite Visit Zest 4 Leisure Direct New Distribution Centre

TriMetals

Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 9th of March, 2018.

GardenSite Visit Burbage Metal Craft

Summer House

Burbage metal and wooden gates, fencing and railing have recently been added to GardenSite, and last week David Coton took the opportunity to visit their Cannock base.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 9th of March, 2018.

Mother's Day Competition with Parcelforce Worldwide

Fence Panels

GardenSite delivers products all over the world and we've teamed up with our couriers Parcelforce to offer a Granite Lady and Child Crystal Ball Water Feature as the splendid prize in a Mother's Day competition.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 5th of March, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In March

Mother's Day

Once the 'Beast From the East' has returned home, our Garden Centre will be gearing up for March as spring officially begins on the 20th and David Coton is envisaging a busy month ahead especially as Easter also arrives early this year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 27th of February, 2018.

Planned TV Gardening Programmes 2018

Garden Jobs

There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of February, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In February

TV

Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and here at the Garden Centre we are already receiving new stock in readiness for spring which is just around the corner. David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 29th of January, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In January

Winter

Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 29th of December, 2017.

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