Help wildlife this winter
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We’d like to thanks our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine for help with the useful tips and advice below!
Use logs, twigs, pots, leaves and other garden debris to create a habitat pile for wildlife looking for somewhere to bed down for the winter. Choose somewhere out of the way that will be undisturbed. Dry areas make great places for insects and mammals, while damp areas will attract amphibians.
If you put up a bee hotel in the spring or summer, make sure to take it down in the winter months and pop it in a shed or dry place, to avoid damp conditions which could put any bees nesting inside at risk of fungal infections. Don’t bring your bee hotel into the house as the warmth may wake up your nesting bees early! You can put the bee hotel back up in March when the weather is warmer.
Here at BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair, we love a Beautiful Border. Make sure to mulch your borders – collect leaves each autumn to use as mulch the following year. This replicates the natural cycles of a woodland floor, increases worm activity in the soil, and provides shelter for centipedes and beetles.
As well as stocking up bird feeders with fat balls, peanuts, seeds and more, you could also try making your own helpful nesting supply. Using a bird feeder, stuff nesting wool, cones, twigs, leaves, grass clippings, straw, moss and more.
Having a source of water in the garden is a great way to encourage all sorts of wildlife to your garden, throughout the year. You can find out how to create your own naturalistic pond here. Or, why not try creating a smaller water feature, using a large ceramic bowl or perhaps an upcycled basin to create a small area for wildlife to flourish, or for birds to bathe.
New year, new garden, new trends!
We’re through the garden gate into 2023, with a host of gardening trends blooming throughout the country. From house plants reaching dizzying heights of popularity, to the colour of the year ‘Viva Magenta’, read on for our full list of trends.
To get up close and personal with fresh garden inspiration, new plants, the latest gardening kit and more, join us in 2023.
Hand-picked by Pantone, the colour of the year has been named as ‘Viva Magenta.
Pantone describe the colour as ‘brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.’
Discover a world of colour and scent in the stunning Floral Marquee, bursting with award-winning nurseries and display.
Whilst your garden might seem to already be very green, it can always be greener!
Discover ways you can make gardening more sustainable, like upcycling common items to make stylish features. What was a pallet, hessian bags, bits of pipe, and tin cans, could become a planter, grow bags, water features, and wildlife habitats.
Be inspired by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team as they’re joined by experts to give tips and advice.
Looking to go from soil to supper this year? Get brilliant advice from the National Allotment Society at the event.
Learn about the latest peat-free compost from exhibitors who can offer face-to-face advice.
Foliage doesn’t just belong outside – bring nature indoors and be inspired by the Houseplant Hub.
Beautiful Borders returns with this year’s theme ‘My Garden Escape’ to give you space savvy ideas.
Discover different ways you can let your garden bloom under a tighter budget, with advice from expert gardeners.
Visit the BBC Good Food Summer Show (with free entry with your ticket!) and discover the latest foodie trends.
Feeling inspired? Find out what else is happening at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June!