At this time of the year many people will be thinking about placing nest boxes in their garden. As David Hall points out, there are several rules to follow if you are going to be successful in attracting birds to use them.
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.
It's clear from the recent State of Nature Report that insects need all the help they can get. Many plants finish flowering in the final weeks of summer but here are my suggestions to provide a food source for insects as we approach the end of the year.
Michaelmas falls on 29 September and the eponymous daisies not only provide lovely pastel colour, all sorts of insects will be attracted to them as a food source.
Sedum spectabile is one of my favourite late flowering plants, many pollinators will make a bee line to its gorgeous dark pink flower heads.
The scented Buddleia weyeriana 'Sungold' is easy to grow and boasts clusters of dainty yellow flowers right up until frosts arrive. Without pruning it can grow up to around 18ft.
Although grown for its attractive variegated foliage, Ivy is an abundant source of food and provides inviting habitat for a large number of insects.
Verbena bonariensis is a elegantly tall perennial with branching stems and small purple flowers that butterflies will flock to in the autumn.
You needn't transform your garden into a nature reserve, these plants will not look out of place in even the most manicured garden, attracting essential pollinators and adding colour late into the growing season.
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.