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.
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.