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.
With autumn nearly upon us, Nathan James Dodd recommends installing outdoor lighting that makes the garden come alive during dark evenings.
Techmar are market leaders in low voltage lighting with a simple 'plug and play' system that is very safe for anyone to set up successfully.
Choose from wall mounted lights, bollards, up lights and spotlights, a wide variety of styles that will light your path, highlight features, illuminate decking and even ponds.
Why only enjoy your garden during the day? Techmar low voltage lights offer you an extremely easy and economical way to bring your garden to life after the sun goes down.
Low voltage lighting can alter the landscape. It's possible to achieve a distinctive contrasting perspective and your garden will literally be seen in a different light.
Wall mounted lights are just what you need for lighting doorways and paths at the side of a house. There are classic lanterns and also more modern styles such as the aluminium 'Olympia' that features 16 LEDs.
Uplights can add another dimension to decking, block paving and other surfaces. They offer illumination and decoration when built into the surface, you'll be walking on light.
Spotlights will have a dramatic effect on the landscape, lighting up features including ornaments, plants and trees. There are halogen and LED versions that have the capacity to transform the appearance of any outdoor space.
Post Lights or Bollards can perfectly line a path, making it both more attractive and safe. Manufactured from stainless steel, aluminium or resin and glass, choose one that most ideally suits your landscape and location.
Once you have chosen your lights, add up their wattage and this will determine which transformer is required - 22, 60 or 150 watts.
Bear in mind that you may extend the system in the future, so it may be advisable to choose a transformer larger than is currently required.
Select the correct cable and connectors according to the lights, their location and transformer you have chosen. Cables can be buried, this is preferable since they will be out of sight and protected from garden pests.
Low voltage lighting is practical and aesthetically pleasing, beautiful lights that are also very effective in many different ways. Before the dark winter evenings arrive, see the whole range of Techmar low voltage lighting on gardensite now.
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.