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 Build A Starter Chicken Coop

Wildlife

Building a Hutch Company Starter Chicken Coop is easy by following the detailed instructions that are supplied, it is a practical design that uses excellent quality wooden panels and requires only a screwdriver for assembly.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 17th of September, 2018.

Our Guide To La Hacienda Chimeneas And Firepits

Chicken Coop

With a La Hacienda chimenea or firepit providing light and heat whatever the thermometer says, David Coton discovers that you can continue savouring an outdoor lifestyle even in late summer and the cool of an autumn evening.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 4th of September, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In September

Brands

Although the growing season is slowing coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 29th of August, 2017.

Why Is Gardening Good For Your Health?

Lawn Care

Gardening really is good for you. Whether this is backed up by research findings or a fact that you intuitively know is true, there's no doubt that even only a few hours a week in the garden is beneficial for both mind and body.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 9th of August, 2018.

How To Choose, Plant And Maintain A Fruit Tree

Autism

Late autumn and winter is the perfect time to plant fruit trees and, whatever sized garden you have, Martyn Loach thinks there's space for a tree if you choose carefully and manage correctly.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 4th of September, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In August

Fruit Tree

After the recent record breaking spell of hot weather, David Coton was glad to see recent rain freshening up the Garden Centre, but the sweltering heat is set to continue and he has these suggestions for some of the jobs that need to be done in the garden during August.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 27th of July, 2018.

How Can I Prevent A Pond From Freezing?

Pond Pumps

An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 22nd of August, 2018.

How To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

Hozelock

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.

What To Do In The Garden In July

Bats

After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 29th of June, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden in June

Rainwater

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.

Take Your Own Plant Cuttings

Seeds

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 Can I Help To Save Our Bees?

Flowers

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.

What To Do In The Garden In March

Organic Gardening

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.

What To Do In The Garden In February

Garden Jobs

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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