What To Do In The Garden in June

Wildlife

At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Sunday, 27th of May, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In October

Seeds

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 2nd of October, 2017.

How To Choose, Plant And Maintain A Fruit Tree

Seeds

Late autumn and winter is the perfect time to plant fruit trees and, whatever sized garden you have, Martyn Loach thinks there's space for a tree if you choose carefully and manage correctly.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 4th of September, 2018.

GardenSite Donates Prize To Grow Your Own Picnic

Fruit Tree

As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 25th of May, 2018.

VegTrug - The Easy Way To Grow Your Own Vegetables

Plants & Flowers

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 14th of September, 2017.

Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai - The Miniature Fuji Cherry

Herbs

Call it whatever you wish, Robert Hall says that the Miniature Fuji Cherry or Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai, is a superb flowering miniature cherry tree.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 28th of August, 2015.

How To Create A Herb Garden

Organic Gardening

Interest in growing herbs has increased sharply over the last few years as we learn the usefulness of their culinary, medicinal and aromatic properties. David Coton gives you advice on what herbs to choose, and how to grow and use them.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 11th of May, 2016.

Top Tips For Buying & Sowing Seeds

Herbs

Most keen gardeners can't wait until spring arrives, bringing with it warmer temperatures. The opportunity to buy and sow seed for the coming season has arrived and David Hall explains how to do this successfully.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 4th of April, 2016.

Amazon Report Reveals Popularity Of Indoor Gardening

Spring

A summer sales report from internet retailer Amazon has revealed some interesting gardening trends and Nathan James Dodd has discovered that we are becoming a nation of indoor gardeners.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 28th of August, 2015.

How To Create A Vegetable Bed

Organic Gardening

Although you may be lucky and have good soil in which any vegetable feels at home in, most of us need to nurture a vegetable bed to maturity and maximum fertility. Martyn Loach emphasizes that before creating a vegetable bed, you need to know your soil. What type it is and the pH.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 1st of September, 2015.

Raised Beds For Vegetables Explained

Vegetables

David Hall was digging his allotment recently, keeping an eye on an adjacent plot holder who was constructing raised beds. Taking a breather, it crossed his mind whether he should adopt such a system, would it prove more productive and less hard work?

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

How To Store And Preserve Fruit And Vegetables

Organic Gardening

In the autumn, when there is a glut of fruit and vegetables, particularly if you have an allotment, you may have to store fresh produce or conserve it in some way, here Martyn Loach offers some advice.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 19th of August, 2015.

Grow Your Own Strawberries For A Wimbledon Treat

Fruit

Tennis isn't everyone's cup of tea especially when for a fortnight it's impossible to get away from the sound of ball on racquet. However, one delicious advantageous of Wimbledon fully appreciated by Martyn Loach is strawberries and cream.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 6th of July, 2015.

Using Containers And Planters To Grow Vegetables

Propagation

Many of us have modest outside spaces but they needn't be unproductive and, as David Hall finds out, containers and planters are a brilliant way of growing vegetables and herbs.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 17th of June, 2015.

How To Eliminate Garden Weeds

Organic Gardening

At this time of the year everything in the garden should be flourishing, including unfortunately weeds. Andrew Taylor considers the options on how to prevent and remove these unwanted intruders.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 3rd of June, 2015.

Container Gardening

Organic Gardening

If you have a small garden, courtyard, or no garden at all, container growing might be the perfect way to fill your outside space with some of your favourite plants. David Coton considers timber and stone containers and how best to use them.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 11th of May, 2015.

Great British Growing Awards

Grow Your Own

'Grow Your Own' magazine, the UK's best selling kitchen garden magazine, has just announced its Great British Growing Awards, and Nathan James Dodd has been looking through the winners.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 6th of March, 2015.

Caring for Citrus Plants

Organic Gardening

You may well have received a citrus plant as a present at Christmas or the New Year. David Coton shares his knowledge on how best to look after these attractive plants that will bear fruit if provided with ideal environment.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 16th of February, 2015.

Alys Fowler: Soft Fruit And The Great British Garden Revival

Fruit

Soft fruit was featured in a recent edition of the Great British Garden Revival and David Coton was impressed by Alys Fowler’s enthusiasm for all sorts of berries that can be grown in our gardens.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 22nd of January, 2015.

Jamie Oliver Launches His Kitchen Garden Project For UK Primary Schools

Fruit

Jamie Oliver launched his Kitchen Garden Project several years ago to meet the needs of the new compulsory food education curriculum. David Coton finds out how schools can get involved and the campaign's tie-up with the Soil Association.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 4th of December, 2014.

What To Do In The Garden In May

Media

With the recent hot weather encouraging everyone out into the garden and the threat of frost disappearing during May, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 30th of April, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In December

Flowers

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 20th of November, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden In July

December

After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 29th of June, 2018.

Using Water Butts To Conserve Autumn Rainfall

Rainwater

You might think that Britain is drenched by a deluge of water throughout the year, but regular hose pipe bans prove otherwise. That's why we need to conserve the rainfall that we receive and Nathan James Dodd thinks the best way of achieving this is to use a water butt.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 14th of October, 2015.

Seasonal Gardening - Be Prepared for Autumn

water

Autumn gardening is unfortunately about saying farewell to the warm summer days and Nathan James Dodd has a few suggestions on how best to prepare for winter.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of October, 2015.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

Garden Furniture

With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 9th of July, 2015.

Plants That Are Poisonous For Pets

BBQ

Enthusiastic gardeners who are also pet owners may be surprised to learn that many of the plants they grow are toxic to cats and dogs. David Hall has been reading a recent report detailing the dangers.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 8th of July, 2015.