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 high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite can help with an insurance quote and claim.
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.