Chickens aren't difficult to look after, all they require is a constant supply of water and regular food. As Martyn Loach explains, you should keep an eye open for any ailments, and they'll need to be cleaned out once a week.
An exasperated lady writes, 'HELP! How can I keep wasps from eating my teak furniture? Here is Nathan James Dodd's reply
The reason why wasps like to munch through your timber is that they prefer making their nests from top quality material.
By chewing on the wood, they manufacture a pulp that's just right for the interior design they have in mind for their nest.
Your furniture won't suffer any structural damage, as the wasps only remove a thin layer from the surface, but the mottled scarring can be unsightly.
The obvious people to come up with an answer were Barlow Tyrie. Established in the 1920s, they have become the largest manufacturers of teak garden furniture in the world.
In the early spring, preferably before any wasps have descended on your furniture, and when the wood is perfectly dry, apply the solution with a lint free cloth.
After allowing to dry for 30 minutes, repeat the process.
Then after one hour the furniture can be exposed to the sun and rain. During the wasp season the treatment may have to be repeated.
The solution is invisible and the wood will continue to age naturally.
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Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
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.
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 during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
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.