The record breaking temperatures over August bank holiday will have got many people out into the garden and, although autumn is only just around the corner, David Coton can suggest these September jobs.
How to interest 30-45 year olds in gardening is a question that has been occupying the attention of the Horticultural Trades Association for some time. And it's important since this age group accounts for 29% of the population, so GardenSite has tried to find a solution.
A workshop last October followed by research earlier this year provided some insights, and these were presented by David Arnold at a seminar David Coton attended at the National Plant Show.
Busy lifetstyles and other priorities are important factors - unsurprising since people at this age will probably have young families.
Money is another consideration, everyone has a budget and gardening can slip down that list of priorities.
Many will be living in rented accommodation, so why should they bother to beautify a garden if they are soon to move on?
Gardening is seen as a chore rather than a joy, leading to discomfort. After all, who wants to get their manicured nails dirty. Finally, previous bad experience may lead to a lack of confidence and interest.
A key aspect of the research indicated that although not embracing gardening, the target age group enjoy having a garden to relax and socialise - eating and entertaining rather than planting and pruning.
Many of the target group don't visit garden centres as they find them confusing and intimidating, so how about organising 'outdoor living weekends', creating before and after cameo gardens, and becoming more inviting, approachable and helpful to reluctant gardeners.
The research also came up with the surprising quote that 'gardening was for old people', a sobering thought for those of us who thought it was back in fashion.
This is a subject that Gardensite has successfully addressed for some time. It might have a garden centre and be an online garden retailer, but it's of no use if you don't let everyone know you exist.
Gardensite realised that the most effective way to connect with the younger age group in question, who are likely to receive most of their information on mobiles and tablets, is through social media.
That's why The Gardener blog is being developed into a thriving online information resource.
You can also follow gardening activities on Google +, Facebook and Twitter, and get to know what is in stock in the garden centre and what online products look like on You Tube, Instagram, and Pinterest.
We all know that gardening is a rewarding and enjoyable activity, and Gardensite will continue to communicate that to all age groups in the most effective ways.
I would love to hear you thoughts on how Garden Centres and Gardensite can be more helpful and inspiring.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.