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.
In the middle of National Allotments Week, a survey has confirmed that gardening really is good for your health and Nathan James Dodd has been looking at its findings.
Over half of the respondents in a poll conducted by an online lawnmower supplier choose to garden as it's a 'satisfying and relaxing' activity.
The survey indicates that under 35s increasingly enjoy gardening, much of this interest due to the satisfaction of growing their own produce.
Mark Bartram, MD of Lawnmowers Direct says that younger people have voiced their opinions on food production and many are now aiming at self sufficiency.
Just under a fifth of all participants' gardens were found to be mostly vegetables or a vegetable patch was a significant part of the garden.
36% of respondents spent over three hours during the week in the garden, and and they will vouch for this being a far superior way to exercise and keep in shape than going to the gym.
Other reports back up the theory that gardening is one of the best activities to keep mind and body in good order. Just thirty minutes of gardening has been proved to lower your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and so is a great way to leave the cares of the world behind.
Perhaps more surprisingly a harmless bacteria in soil, called Mycobacterium vaccae is thought to boost your immune system.
Especially amongst individuals over 60, gardening helps to keep the brain healthy, requiring you to think, learn and be creative. There's no doubt that spending some time in the garden each day will enable you to relax and keep active at the same time.
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.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
With Storm Caroline reeking havoc 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.