Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is dull and overcast, David Coton suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Attracting birds into a garden can only be beneficial. Not only adding colour and vibrancy, they are fascinating to observe and will also act as natural predators, feeding on unwanted insects, grubs and other garden pests.
On the weekend of 30 – 31 January it will be your chance to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. David Hall was one of half a million people who took part last year, recording a vital snapshot of nature in the UK.
Although we all like to encourage wildlife into the garden, creatures of a more inanimate nature can populate the landscape. Not all are native to the British Isles and David Coton describes how your outdoor space can become a haven for domestic, farmyard and wild animals.
The RHS define sustainable gardening as 'the concept of using practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources are not exhausted and without causing ecological damage'. Martyn Loach wonders how the average gardener can achieve these aims.
Certain challenges in life are easier to negotiate than others, Martyn Loach thinks that persuading children to become interested in gardening shouldn't be too difficult and can be very rewarding.