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.
At GLEE this year David Coton visited the VegTrug stand to find out how their specially designed space saving planters can encourage us to grow more of our own food without the use of pesticides.
Growing your own has so many advantages over shopping for food and, even though supermarkets offer a huge variety of food at reasonable prices, VegTrug ask whether consumers ever think about or question its production.
In particular the pesticides that are used to improve agricultural efficiency and to meet increased demand, there's no doubt that they negatively impact the natural world and may well adversely affect humans as well.
That's the reason why VegTrug advocate organic growing and say that there's nothing to compare with the satisfaction of picking and eating produce that you have grown and nurtured.
There are many other reasons why you should invest in a space saving VegTrug, not the least if you are a keen gardener but only have a balcony or restricted space to work with.
VegTrug planters are manufactured using sustainable sourced timber with membrane liners that ensure good drainage, they are at an easy working height and can be a fun way for children to learn about gardening.
Because the VegTrug is so accessible with no bending or kneeling, disabled and elderly people can also benefit from easily grown fresh organic food.
VegTrug is an easy way to expand your palette, with enough space to grow something exotic alongside familiar vegetables. It can also be utilized throughout the year with winter produce augmenting the autumn harvest.
The Classic VegTrug has an internal depth of 42cm (17ins) and holds 60 litres of compost which is enough room for thirty salad or vegetable plants.
It can be quickly assembled and the timber has been treated with a food safe preservative. When threatened by frost or pests, your crops can be protected by adding netting or fleece.
There's no doubt that the Classid Veg Trug and their other planters and raised beds present you with the possibility of creating a productive environment with a limited amount of effort, fresh organic fruit, vegetables and herbs that don't harm you or the planet.
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.