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 a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
Churnet Valley manufacture their high quality products from a base at Leek in Staffordshire. It's a family business that employs expert carpentry skills to produce beautifully designed and very practical furniture.
Showing David around the busy workshop was UK Account Manager Nathan Oddy, who explained that all their garden furniture is very carefully hand made from responsibly sourced Scandinavian redwood which has been pressure treated to guarantee an exceptionally long life span.
Nathan stressed that their furniture is a great investment as it's hand crafted from top class timber. He also pointed out that this emphasis on quality throughout the manufacturing process was far more beneficial to the environment than a cheaper mass produced product, and will save the customer money in the long run.
The first products appearing on GardenSite will include Swing Seats that vary from child friendly single and double swings to the more adult and very relaxing covered and pergola style models. There's also the Missouri Porch Glider that is uniquely and strikingly designed to imitate a rocking chair.
Furniture Sets range from heavy duty and very practical bench and table combinations that are perfect for young families to more stylish arrangements which are beautifully designed and will prove to be attractive garden enhancements particularly when accompanied by a luxuriously wide parasol.
There's a fabulous choice of Arbours, from the traditional two seat structures to the eye-catching Riviera Seated Pergola which is ideal for entertaining, as is the top of the range Grande Valley Gazebo which has a shingle roof and is equipped with a coffee table and ergonomically designed benches.
After having another chance to catch up with Churnet Valley at Glee, the garden retail industry's annual show, David is convinced that you'll agree that the entire range, that also features Sheds, Log Stores, Picnic Tables and Planters, will be a popular addition to GardenSite as it is 'sustainable, natural and desirable'.
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 2019.
The InternetRetailing Growth 2000 Report was published last week and the great news for GardenSite and our customers is that we are now listed as one of the UK's top 1000 retail websites.
Although snow has arrived at the garden centre, we will be receiving new stock during February in readiness for spring which hopefully is just around the corner, and David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Wood burners and open fires that require a good supply of dry, well seasoned wood, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Log stores have therefore become increasingly essential and David Coton explains the differences between the many that are now available.