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.
With a cold snap on the way and freezing weather predicted, Andy Taylor reviews a range of outdoor products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.
Although from the southern hemisphere, while Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, penguins are essential Christmas characters and Andy Taylor explains how to complete your decorations with this quirky flightless bird.
Fencing normally takes a battering in the autumn and winter, but David Coton explains that if you need replacement panels or are thinking of erecting a fence for the first time, there's a wide choice including featheredge, overlap, domed or trellis.
This is my guide on how to prepare your garden for the winter it's about to endure, I'll go over basic measures you can take to prevent any future problems from the dip in temperature.
During bad weather like the recent snow, outside storage provides particularly useful extra space for sheltering anything from garden tools and equipment to bikes and sunbeds, protecting them from the elements and also potential theft. We spend enough on these items, so it is only sensible to look after them rather than watch them rust and corrode.
In the bleak mid-winter it's encouraging to know that, even in this coldest season, some reassuringly warm colour can be present in the garden.