GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
There's still plenty to do in the garden as the year draws to an end, and Martyn Loach explains why a visit to a garden centre or to an online retailer may be very worthwhile.
Look outside and no doubt your lawn and flower beds will appear tired after a long summer, so it's just the right time to visit our Autumn Gardening Shop.
Leaves are a valuable resource for gardeners, use leaf grabbers to collect them and then store in a black plastic bag. To make life easier an Autumn Garden Care Kit contains grabbers, sacks and a Bosmere bin bag loader. Poke some holes in the bag and, depending on the type of leaf, after about six months you'll have a wonderful mulch and soil conditioner.
The tired looking lawn can be rejuvenated with specialist autumn lawn care products. Don't be tempted to use spring lawn care as it will be nitrogen based to produce soft new growth. To survive cold winter weather your lawn needs the the phosphate and potash found in an autumn feed.
It's still not too late to plant tulip bulbs and the Yeoman Hand Bulb Planter might prove invaluable with its automatic soil release mechanism. Plant at least twice the bulb's depth in frost free soil.
Transporting anything around the garden at this time of the year will be much easier if you have a Bosmere Folding, or heavy duty Walsall Wheelbarrow with a pneumatic tyre. The latter will be delivered in a box to your door.
Afterwards, a traditional Stiff Brush or Patio Brush would be useful to clean any remaining leaves off the path.
Alternatively, a multi-purpose Garden Vacuum can suck both leaves and flood water. It can also be used to remove sludge and silt from your pond. A Pond Grabber will also prove convenient if you have to remove litter and debris.
Before the first frost don't forget to protect half-hardy plants with Fleece that's lightweight and easy to cut. It's porous and will also guard against bird and insect damage.
Finally, we didn't get much snow last year but you should be prepared with a Telescopic Snow Shovel that is easy to use and convenient to store or a Bosmere Red Snow Shovel. Both can be used for other jobs where a strong shovel is required.
GardenSite announce the introduction of the Kingston Range, a brand new collection of three multi-purpose lean-to and freestanding carports and a similarly styled contemporary gazebo.
The 'Beast From the East' one year, followed by record breaking temperatures the next, no-one can say our weather is predictable but what is foreseeable is that our Garden Centre will be having a huge amount of new stock arriving for spring which officially starts on the 20th March,
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 2019.
Wood burners and open fires that require a good supply of dry, well seasoned wood, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Log stores have therefore become increasingly essential and David Coton explains the differences between the many that are now available.