Guides

Gardening advice made simple. Step by step, helpful, tips and expertise to help all gardeners get the most of their garden. Our how-to guides are regularly updated.

How To Heat Your Greenhouse

Wildlife

Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 16th of January, 2017.

Winter Products To Combat Ice And Snow

Greenhouse

With a cold snap on the way and freezing weather predicted, Andy Taylor reviews a range of outdoor products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 9th of January, 2017.

Winter Wildlife Care

Winter Ponds

After an exceptionally warm December, the weather is forecast to become much colder. Frosts and perhaps snow will threaten the survival of our garden wildlife but, as Andy Taylor discovers, it's not difficult to provide a little assistance to help birds and other animals survive the severe weather.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

How to care for Christmas Bulbs and Plants

Nesting Boxes

Many people will have received Christmas bulbs and other plants as gifts at this time of the year. They can always be relied on to bring colour and scent into the house. After they have flowered, David Hall explains how you can get a repeat performance next year.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

January Gardening Jobs

Poinsettia

Although the days are short and the weather generally 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 Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

January Pond Maintenance

Pruning

January is of course one of the coldest months of the year, but your garden pond still needs attention and Dan Everton thinks it a great time to clean it out in readiness for the warmer months ahead.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

Keeping your Pond Ice Free

Winter Ponds

During the winter months your pond will invariably get covered in ice. What should you do? Dan Everton's guide to keeping your pond from freezing over in the winter will provide the answers.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Monday, 9th of January, 2017.

Which Fuel Is Best Suited For Your Home?

Winter Ponds

It's important to stock up on logs, kindling and fuel for your home, especially ready for the Winter season. But picking the right type of fuel can be a hard task, so we've created this handy guide to help you pick the best logs, peat, pellets or briquettes to fuel your home all year round.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Thursday, 15th of December, 2016.

Konstsmide Christmas Window Lights

Wood Burners

Window Lights are wonderful way to greet visitors to your house at Christmas, and here Andy Taylor reviews Konstsmide's contemporary and traditional range of Candlesticks, Welcome Lights and Silhouettes.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of December, 2016.

How to Choose Your Christmas Wreath & Garland

Konstsmide

Christmas wreaths, swags and garlands might be thought a little old fashioned, but Robert Hall thinks that modern versions of these traditional decorations are a fabulous way to combine tradition with colourful contemporary themes.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of November, 2016.

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

Christmas

In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

Christmas Lights

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..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Premier Christmas Lights

Christmas Trees

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.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

Battery Powered Christmas Lights Guide

Christmas Lights

This guide by Andy Taylor is all about battery powered lights, a very safe way to decorate your home with festive colour. With low running costs and bright LEDs, batteries may be the smart choice this Christmas.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Thursday, 1st of December, 2016.

How To Decorate Your Garden With Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

This is Andy Taylor's guide on how to decorate your garden with Christmas during the festive season, creating a beautiful, sometimes stunning display of brightness and colour.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Thursday, 17th of November, 2016.

Artificial Christmas Candles By Konstsmide

Christmas Trees

Candles are a beautiful part of the Christmas scene and, if you are unsure about the safety of real ones, David Coton thinks that the Konstsmide range of candles can be an attractive alternative.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 24th of November, 2016.

Traditional Festoon Christmas Lighting

Christmas Lights

There's nothing more traditional at Christmas than festoon lighting with strings of bulbs stretched across the front of a house or decorating the garden. David Coton reviews these old style lights that have now been brought right up to date by the use of LEDs.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 18th of November, 2016.

Sparkling Icicle Lights For Christmas

Christmas Lights

Icicle lights are among the most popular Christmas decorations. Andy Taylor is using them to decorate the interior and outside of his house this year and here he explains why.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 16th of November, 2016.

Why Choose Techmar Low Voltage Lighting

Christmas Lights

Now that the clocks have gone back and the evenings suddenly get darker, you might well be considering installing reliable outdoor lighting, and the Techmar Low Voltage system would be an ideal choice. David Coton investigates the Techmar Lighting range now available in the UK.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of November, 2016.

Konstsmide Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Low Voltage

Outdoor Christmas decorations, internally lit by bright LEDs introduce light and interest into your garden, and these traditional characters and animals will give your visitors a particularly sparkling festive welcome.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 14th of November, 2016.

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