Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden. David Coton suggests the jobs that can occupy the shortening days.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Larger aquatic plants, such as water lilies, will really benefit from a slow release tablet food. I've used Lily Grow in the past which is a pond plant fertiliser and its much needed nutrients are sure to promote healthy growth.
When the water temperature has warmed it's a good time to replant water lilies. If you didn’t get a chance during March, you should also divide any overcrowded pond plants such as marginals and cut back oxygenators too.
Take the opportunity to introduce new marginal plants in shallow water, Marsh Marigold or Water Forget-Me-Not are favourites. This will give them time to establish before any fish are added.
If you want to know more about plants in your pond then you can read my guide to pond plants.
Blanket Weed, a hair like stringy algae, and Duckweed, with its thousands of tiny leaves, need to be tackled earlier rather than later. Try and remove as much as you can and then use one of the many water treatments that are on the market. Other problems, Green Water comes to mind, can also be treated.
These jobs are all dependent on the weather. So if it continues to be cold and you’re still finding ice on the pond, be patient and wait until warmer weather arrives.
Please read our guide on how to plant aquatic pond baskets.
There's also our guide to April Gardening 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.
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.
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.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.