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 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.

Orchid Plant Care Tips

Media

Orchids in pots, especially the ‘Moth Orchid’ or Phalaenopsis, are widely available and popular gifts. Placed on a window sill, they bloom for long periods when pruned, watered and fed correctly. In this article David Coton share some important orchid plant care tips.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

How To Feed Your Garden

Compost

A large range of nutrients are necessary for your garden to grow, Martyn Loach outlines their importance and the options that are available.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of August, 2014.

How to Interest Children in Gardening

Compost

Certain challenges in life are easier to negotiate than others, Andy Taylor thinks that persuading children to become interested in gardening shouldn't be too difficult and can be very rewarding.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 8th of April, 2016.

How to choose the right compost

Flowers

Choosing the correct compost is important as its make-up must reflect the needs of different plants at various stages of their life cycle. This is Nathan James Dodd's guide to the various composts that match a plant's individual requirements.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 5th of April, 2016.

Why Bamboo Is Brilliant

Seeds

David Hall recently had the pleasure of visiting Thailand an exciting, dynamic country full of contrast and colour. Being botanically minded he was particularly struck by the diversity of the beautiful Bamboo plants.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 27th of August, 2015.

What To Do In The Garden In July

Propagation

After all the wet weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, David Coton is looking forward to summer finally arriving and a chance to get out into the garden, here are some of the jobs he'll be tackling during July.

Author: David Coton

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

What To Do In The Garden In May

Rainwater

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.

Using Water Butts To Conserve Autumn Rainfall

December

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.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

water

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.

Why Our Front Gardens Should Be Green Not Grey

Laurel

Suburban gardens, once the well kept privet edged pride and joy of the majority of householders, are rapidly becoming paved over according to a recent report from the Royal Horticultural Society that Nathan James Dodd has been reading.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of May, 2015.