Chickens aren't difficult to look after, all they require is a constant supply of water and regular food. As Martyn Loach explains, you should keep an eye open for any ailments, and they'll need to be cleaned out once a week.
With the summer holidays upon us and children in the garden, you'll need somewhere to store their toys, footballs and other play equipment. Andy Taylor has been looking at what garden storage solutions are available for these and more expensive items such as mountain bikes and motor bikes.
Children tend not to be very good at tidying up, and various items littering the garden look untidy and will also deteriorate fairly quickly if left outside. That's why a garden store made from timber, plastic or metal can come in very handy.
The Halls Tool Chest is perfect for small to medium sized objects including a small child's bicycle. The felt roof is watertight and, as it's dip treated, a 10 year guarantee against rot is offered. There's an overlap and shiplap version with a detachable front for easy access.
Rowlinson have an attractive wooden Garden Chest with a removable front panel and lifting lid. The 12mm shiplap cladding has a dipped honey-brown finish, and the roof covered with roofing felt. Their waterproof and lockable Mini Store is also useful for garden tools, as is the Halls Mower Store and Maxi Garden Store.
Plastic storage is also offered by Rowlinson in the form of their Utility Cabinet and Cushion Box / Bench, and Suncast has a range of cabinets and garden furniture such as the Patio Seat and Wicker Garden Seat. Their Outdoor Bench has a large capacity and there's also a wicker coffee and side table with storage underneath.
Metal storage boxes of various capacities are manufactured by BioHort, large enough for bikes and fully weatherproof due to the use of hot dipped galvanised steel with a polyamide coating. Their Leisure Time boxes have a gas operated spring opening system, excellent ventilation and cylinder lock for security.
TriMetals have Storeguard, Stowaway and Sentinel garden stores, with PVC coated galvanised panels, rust free fixings and an attractive range of colours. Fire resistant and maintenance free, they are guaranteed for 25 years and can hold anything from gas canisters to mobility scooters.
As the cost of bicycles and other outdoor items increase, so does the threat of theft. Fortunately there are specialist storage facilities designed to be extremely secure.
Trimetals offer specialist Bicycle Stores that have ample width and height for all types of mountain and racing bikes. Depending on their design, there can be enough room for three adult bikes. TriMetals stores can also be used for lawn mowers, barbecues etc., and feature a spring assisted opening action that allows easy access and two padlock points for extra security. Larger 'Titan' garages are designed to accommodate motorcycles.
Asgard is another UK supplier of metal storage sheds and lockers. Again made from painted galvanized steel, their range features 3 point, pick resistant locks, designed to be attack resistant and exceptionally secure.
If you have limited space, Asgard have a twin and vertical bike locker, in addition to a double ended locker suitable to be located at the side of a house. The latter has two independent doors and internal locking points that ensure the two bikes can be secured independently of each other inside the same unit.
Asgard also have two Motorbike Secure Garages that can of course also be used for quad bikes and sit on lawn mowers. These have a five point locking system and are ventilated to allow exhaust fumes to escape.
Alternatively, the larger models in the Biohort StoreMax range of utility storage boxes, with coated aluminium roll up shutters are big enough for a scooter or bicycle, and Forest manufacture wooden bike stores to a slim design that allow the owner easy access.
Whether the reason is security or protection from the elements, it makes sense to keep your large and expensive purchases under lock and key, and these specially designed lockers and sheds are just what you need.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
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 during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.