After an exceptionally warm December, the weather is forecast to become much colder. Frosts and perhaps snow will threaten the survival of our garden wildlife but, as Andy Taylor discovers, it's not difficult to provide a little assistance to help birds and other animals survive the severe weather.
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.
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.
On the weekend of 30 – 31 January it will be your chance to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. David Hall was one of half a million people who took part last year, recording a vital snapshot of nature in the UK.
Ellie Goodall looks at how bird baths, tables, feeders and nesting boxes are all important in attracting many different species into your garden.
With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.
Although we all like to encourage wildlife into the garden, creatures of a more inanimate nature can populate the landscape. Not all are native to the British Isles and Nathan James Dodd describes how your outdoor space can become quite a menagerie.
Of the many pleasures found in gardening, none is probably greater than encouraging wildlife. Interesting to observe and vital for pollination, insects can be fascinating and, in the case of the butterfly, beautiful visitors. As Nathan James Dodd explains, one plant - the Buddleia - is superb at attracting these wonderful creatures.
Feeding birds who stay in this country over the cold winter months benefits both your feathered visitors and your garden. Nathan James Dodd describes how to encourage these visitors with bird feeders and specialist bird food.
Stone Bird Baths make handsome features in any garden, not forgetting their primary purpose of providing water for birds to bathe in and drink. Nathan James Dodd reviews the range available to gardeners.
The RHS define sustainable gardening as 'the concept of using practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources are not exhausted and without causing ecological damage'. Martyn Loach wonders how the average gardener can achieve these aims.
Do you love hedgehogs? Gardeners are supposed to love hedgehogs because they voraciously eat large quantities of slugs and snails. However recent research indicates that this might not be the case.
Hedgehogs are such beautiful creatures and always welcome visitors, interesting to observe and useful predators of garden pests, David Coton describes how you can attract them into your garden.
A while ago Nathan James Dodd saw a quote in 'Plantlife', an organization fighting hard to protect our wild flowers and plants: 'our meadows and grasslands are as much part of our heritage as the works of Shakespeare'.
The State of Nature Report, described by David Farnborough as a 'stark warning', highlights the dramatic reduction in British wildlife. 60% of animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years - and one in 10 could end up disappearing.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife, there's a selection of nest boxes you can purchase, designed to attract various animals, birds and insects.
Can you discourage foxes from your house and garden? Nathan James Dodd provides advice and guidance on how to keep foxes in their natural habitat rather than your home.
Birds, amphibians and other wildlife are good for your garden and fascinating to watch. In the winter it's not difficult to provide assistance to help them survive the cold.
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.
As we enter late autumn and into winter there's not too much colour left in the garden but there is one plant (the Pyracantha) that is a particular favourite of Nathan James Dodd, whose red, yellow or orange berries stand out from the monochrome garden landscape.
Bats don't get the best press, Martyn Loach thinks that's probably because they're not cuddly, only come out at night and have an undeserved reputation for getting tangled in your hair. But they're fascinating mammals that reflect a healthy environment and in the UK face various threats to their habitat.
Many of our customers are confused as to the relative merits of timber and aluminium framed greenhouses, here Nathan James Dodd answers some of your frequently asked questions.
Martyn Loach says that a compost heap, or preferably two, is an essential part of every garden, replicating nature by returning nutrients to the soil.
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.
Guerrilla Gardening is about brightening up the environment and transforming neglected areas. Nathan James Dodd has been discovering how people take it upon themselves to plant flowers and tend shrubs in the most unlikely environments.
Foraging has now become so popular that a national newspaper publishes a column on the subject. Martyn Loach says this isn't surprising as foraging for mushrooms is free and your harvest can be extremely tasty.