After the recent spell of hot weather, David Coton was glad to see the recent rain freshening up the Garden Centre and he has these suggestions for some of the jobs that need to be done during August.
Blagdon have recently released a line of battery powered water features and fountains, something revolutionary in the aquatics industry and something I believe will be quite popular in the future.
Solar powered water features have become more and more popular, especially as the technology has improved and with the addition of battery back up devices which store the power to be used when the sun has set, however they have never seemed all that efficient to myself if I'm honest and I've been quite sceptical about them.
That was until I had a chance to see first hand from Chris, our Blagdon representative, the new line of battery powered water features and fountains they have released. He came in and generously demonstrated to us how they work and how easy it is to set them up.
The fountain that he set up for us was the Blagdon Liberty Waterfall Urn battery powered water feature, he opened the box and proceeded to show us the parts. To be honest the fountain is ready to go out of the box, you simply remove the plastic protective packaging and put the battery in place, then add water.
A remote control is included with your unit, this remote control allows you to switch on the fountain and also set it to run for two, three or four hours at a time everyday. An adapter is included for charging the lithium ion battery and it comes 45% charged, so it's ready to go once unpacked.
Going back to my opening paragraphs, I mentioned I had been sceptical about solar powered water features until I saw these and that is where the optional add-on Blagdon Liberty solar panel comes in. This can be plugged into your battery and will run the fountain whilst also charging the battery, which can run for 14 hours off one single charge whether mains or solar charged.
The panel is not a necessity but I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who plans to have their fountain outside as I don't think solar panels look too bad. You won't need to charge your water feature by the mains, just leave the solar panel to charge it and it's ready for you when you want to turn it on.
GardenSite also sell a wide range of Water Features to suit any location or garden design. Have a look at their wide range of stone and resin features online or visit the aquatics superstore at their garden centre to see their display of Henri and Massarelli water features.
David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away your fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.
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.
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.