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.
Dan Everton explains why it is important to calculate your correct pond capacity, to enable the right level of filtration to be chosen for your pond and to provide a guide as to the minimum flow rate required in conjunction with any pond filter.
When visiting our Aquatics Superstore to buy a pump or filter, or when buying any of our Pond Products online it is important to calculate the correct amount of water in your pond.
The easiest way to do this is to measure the length, the width and the depth of your pond in feet.
If your pond is not a regular shape you will need to work out the average of all sizes and use this to calculate the capacity.
Once you have all three dimensions, you need to multiply these all together and then multiply this calculation by 6.25.
e.g. a pond that is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide and 2 feet deep would use the calculation: 10 x 10 x 2 = 200
200 x 6.25 = 1,250 gallons (remember this is a guide!)
If you require this capacity in litres which most companies now work with, you will need to multiply the number of gallons by 4.5.
e.g. calculate the number of litres by knowing the pond is 1,250 gallons:
1,250 x 4.5 = 5,625 litres.
Again this will give you a guide when your visit our Aquatics Department or order online or call us.
This calculation also works the opposite way, to find the number of gallons from the known number of litres in your pond, by dividing instead of multiplying.
e.g. calculate the number of gallons, knowing the pond is 1,250 litres.
1,250 / 4.5 = 277.77 gallons.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
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.
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.
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.