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. David Coton suggests the jobs that can occupy the shortening days.
A summer sales report from internet retailer Amazon has revealed some interesting gardening trends and Nathan James Dodd has discovered that we are becoming a nation of indoor gardeners.
Fruit and vegetables are thriving on city window ledges, balconies and even ceilings, resulting in the sales of indoor allotment sets increasing by 950%.
There's quite a choice of these sets, allowing you to grow herbs and salad leaves on your windowsill. Extremely cute miniature allotment plots have a shed and picket fence, there's a mini-planter, or small wooden trough. You can even buy a mini set of gardening implements to tend your diminutive plot.
Sales of ceiling hanging pots have grown tremendously. These are quite bizarre, and most of your visitors will be taken aback by the sight of plants hanging from the kitchen ceiling in an Upside Down Plant Holder or similar Sky Planter in which you can grow many house plants and vegetables.
We all know that many youngsters have a fondness for creepy crawlies, and children's butterfly gardens have been another sales success this year.
The kits come complete with caterpillars that the children look after until a butterfly emerges from its cocoon to be released or observed in a large 'butterfly pavilion'. Stick and other insects are available and the gardens can be used again after more caterpillars are purchased.
Although the report found that nationally, residents of central and east London topped the urban gardening charts, people from the Midlands had the greenest fingers, spending their hard earned money on sprayers, hose pipes and a large amount of compost.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and here at the Garden Centre we are already receiving new stock in readiness for spring which is just around the corner. David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.