Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.
Hedgehogs are always welcome visitors to the garden, interesting to observe and useful predators of garden pests. Martyn Loach describes how you can attract them into your garden with hedgehog houses.
Similar to people, they prefer a dry, cosy place to live. Especially in the winter when they like to shut the cold weather out and hibernate.
In the wild hedgehogs will collect leaves, grass, bracken and other material to build nests under hedgerows or logs. In the garden they may set up home under your shed or compost heap.
The hedgehog house should be located in a quiet part of the garden, preferably against a wall or fence. The entrance should face south to avoid cold northerly winds.
It might be a while before any hedgehogs take up residence. If you have had no luck for a couple of years, think about re-locating the house to a more favourable place.
In the spring any hedgehogs should emerge looking for food. After they have checked out of the hedgehog house you can clean up after them using Pyrethrum, sometimes called nature's insecticide. The hedgehog house will then be ready for its next family to move in.
Gardens are incredibly important habitats and if you want to encourage wildlife and help combat a worrying depletion of native fauna, there are a number of insect and animal boxes that will attract a wide variety of insect and mammals.
With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.