• Danish eco start-up Sprout has taken window sill food cultivation up a notch with their plant a pencil and watch it grow...basil, tomatoes, parsley, micro greens, whatever takes your fancy

  • Grow fruit and veg at home in containers

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

Keep your outside space in good shape by doing a little but often

Recycled plastic rug from nanimarquina

The weather's been very wet in the UK so far this year, but when the sun comes out, so must the outdoor rug...which will make your deck/patio/lawn look so much more inviting. Choose rugs made from recycled polyester or other plastic - they're great for impromptu picnics and summer gatherings, as well as for sunbathing on. And even the odd summer downpour won't hurt them...

Organising outside space can seem daunting and one easy solution that's often overlooked is outdoor storage. So what are the options?

Compost your kitchen peelings and food waste

..or at the very least save your food scraps and peelings for your local council to compost. So come on people, make 2024 your greenest year ever, which means getting a counter top bin for the kitchen -  and a garden composter too if you have the space.


Dobbies garden full of Meadowmat flowers

The garden industry is pretty green already, it's certainly streets ahead of the big supermarkets, particularly when it comes to packaging. But there's no room for complacency and all it takes is for people to read the labels or ask few questions before buying

Harry Villiers, of furniture making brothers Villiers Brothers, took some steel, wood and glass and built an enviable bolt-hole in his Essex garden

Encourage bats to your garden

Unlike our friends with feathers, bats generally get a bad rap. But that's unwarranted because there are very few vampire bats (and none in the UK), and bats do not attack humans. In fact, we should be encouraging these shy little creatures because they bring many benefits to our gardens

Buy flowers or grow your own..whichever, they'll cheer you up

Lots of us are buying flowers fairly regularly because well..they look lovely and cheer us up. But they are an expense, so if you've got room, start growing flowers in your garden. And to avoid the annoyance of them wilting in a few days, we have some maintenance tips.

A Griffin glasshouse

Should you be fortunate to have a greenhouse, or be planning one, there is a lot to be done in it over December and early new year, says Linda Lane of Griffin Glasshouses