With spring well under way, you may be considering buying a greenhouse, Andy Taylor tells you how this will increase your chances of successfully growing a wider variety of plants over a longer period of time.
With a cold snap on the way and freezing weather predicted, Andy Taylor reviews a range of outdoor products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.
These products will help you prepare for frost, ice and snow, keeping tender plants safe, the drive clear, your pond unfrozen and a greenhouse warm.
Gardman Frost Protection Fleece will keep any plants that aren't fully hardy safe from frost damage. Lightweight, strong and easy to cut, it also protects against birds and insects.
Paraffin heaters from Parasene will heat both greenhouses and cold frames, these are essential to overwinter tender plants and for early seed sowing. Bubble wrap comes in rolls and can be used to insulate aluminium and wooden greenhouses, keeping heating costs at a very low level.
Keep your pond from freezing with a heater from our pond ice prevention shop. Here you'll find a large choice of heaters, some with a thermostat to keep costs down, together with aeration units which are a useful alternative.
Also refer to our blog on How To Keep Your Pond Ice Free. To keep an eye on whether the temperature dips below zero, a min/max Garden Thermometer or a Pond Thermometer is a good idea, with the most sophisticated able to transmit the water temperature to a receiver inside the house.
If we do have a white winter, a large Snow Shovel from Bosmere will be invaluable. It will also prove its worth during the summer, so an all round sensible purchase. Bosmere Shoe Grippers will help you stay upright, these lightweight studded attachments for the bottom of your shoes are simple yet very effective.
Grippers probably won't be needed if you have treated your path using a Winter Wizard Salt Stick, an excellent easy to use product. All you do is twist it and one stick will cover 40 square metres with salt that can be bought separately.
You might not be familiar with the UK Men's Sheds Association but this is a fast growing organisation that, as David Coton discovered, encourages camaraderie and a sense of achievement among its members.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.
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.