Gardens

Stop Digging ground screws are great for small building projects

For small projects such as garden rooms, is it time to embrace the ground screw over concrete for the all important foundations?

Garden trends have altered hugely over the past decade as people change the way they use their gardens; and making them more eco-friendly is a key aim these days

..and not just for Christmas of course because poinsettias come in many other hues from cream to green to pink. But we tend to buy them as a yuletide tradition and rightly so because they are inject much needed colour at this time of year

birds in the garden are wonderful

If you lament the lack of birdsong in your garden, well, there's a lot you can do to make your garden appealing to birds

You can grow fruit and veg in containers at home

However large or small your outside space, use it to benefit you and the environment

birds benefit from food from us in winter

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is urging everyone to keep an eye out for their fine friends with feathers as the weather turns colder

Asters - easy to grow and prolific

Is your garden or outside space in need of some colourful autumn blooms? The HTA suggests planting Asters, as they flower pretty much up to Christmas.

Autumn gardens are lovely

Air pollution affects everyone living in towns and cities. But your garden can help mitigate the effects of pollution on your local environment, if you choose the right plants

Recycling is great, walking more/driving less is fantastic and taking the train not the plane is excellent. And you can earn extra green Brownie points by changing the way you garden

Cleo Blue in/outdoor rug by Dash & Albert made from recycled PET. From £136

Outdoor rugs made from recycled polyester or plastic are great for impromptu picnics or sprucing up your deck or terrace for those Indian summer gatherings

Tibbo teak collection by Barber Osgerby for Germany's Dedon

Sunny days shift our focus outside. But to enjoy our gardens, balconies, terraces and patios, we need at the very least something to sit on. Kay Hill seeks outdoor furniture that looks great, is comfortable and has green credentials

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