In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.
National Gardening Week is taking place from Monday 11 April to Sunday 17 April and Nathan James Dodd has been discovering what is happening during the UK's largest celebration of gardening.
The Royal Horticultural Society is organising an impressive amount of activities all over the country. There are garden tours, demonstrations, workshops, and talks that all aim to promote gardening as an activity beneficial to individuals and the community as a whole.
Everyone has had the opportunity to register their own event, this could be transforming neglected area where they live, holding a garden party or fundraising event to raise money for a garden related project, or perhaps a sponsored weeding marathon.
Many of the events encourage people to improve their environment through gardening and there's a long list of suggestions for 'Things To Do' in your own or shared garden, why not build a bee hotel, plant a tree, a create a green roof?
This year's theme is 'Get Fit In The Garden' and several RHS gardens are focussing on health, happiness and horticulture, showcasing how working in the garden can improve your health, there's even family fitness classes and Tai Chi instruction.
Six days of events at the Royal Gardens at Highgrove feature a festival of plants, produce and crafts. Other gardens will offer opportunities to 'meet the gardener' or cookery demonstrations that make the most of garden produce.
On National Gardens Open Day on Friday 15 April, it will be your chance to visit the superb RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire free of charge.
Read our blog on why gardening is good for your health.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
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.