Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
Tough, waterproof footwear is indispensable if you are working in the garden especially during wet weather, and today you have a wide choice of traditional and contemporary styles.
Town & Country, who manufacture essential full and half length boots in green, set the standard for others. Made from PVC, they have a cushioned sole for extra comfort and reinforced seams for added strength.
The same manufacturer's Premium Wellington Boots are lined and have a cushioned insole. Contoured for comfort with reinforced seams, they also have a steel shank for added support. Made from natural rubber, they have an adjustable strap for a secure fit.
Gardman produce a Premium Wellingtons Box Set. With a stylish modern design in green or purple, they are perfect for country walks and shopping as well as gardening. Made from natural rubber for the greatest durability without extra weight, they have a moulded sole with added tread for greater grip and comfort. Also included is a storage and carrier bag, robust boot jack and fully cushioned socks.
Useful for keeping next to the back door are a pair of 'super soft' Cloggies. Cushioned, comfortable and lightweight, these injection moulded clogs are really useful for slipping on when you have to nip into the garden to get something from the shed, put out some bird food or to hang out the washing. They come in three colours, green, raspberry and navy.
If you have children and want them to become interested in gardening, or just outside and away from their computer games, buy them a pair of red or blue Children's Wellies. They'll be chuffed to have a pair just like mom and dad, lined for comfort and with a cushioned sole. The seams are also reinforced for extra strength.
Finally, a pair of Lawn Aerator Shoes will be the easiest way to improve drainage and the quality of the grass with hardly any effort. They strap over your normal garden footwear and can be worn anytime you walk over the grass with the metal spikes opening up the compacted soil, helping water, air and nutrients to get to the roots.
We may be having a dry summer at the moment but the rain will no doubt return later in the year when a lot of work needs to be done in the garden, so choose your Wellington Boots now and be prepared for the autumn.
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.