Garden ideas

Build a bee hotel

Bird boxes and hedgehog hibernators are great fun, but here’s a less well-known home for wildlife: a nest for red mason bees.

Build a compost cafe

Compost heaps are wildlife attractors in their own right, besides being one of the most positive things anyone with a garden can do to reduce landfill and enrich their soil

Build a mini stone wall

In the countryside, well-maintained dry stone walls are a marvellous habitat for wildlife. You can try to emulate this in your garden, on a smaller scale.

Make a log shelter

Dead wood is full of living things –rotting wood is both home and food for various beetle grubs and a vast army of other mini-beasts. All these creatures make a tasty snack for birds, hedgehogs and frogs.

Plant a night-scented garden

Flowers that release their scent in the evening are a big draw for moths. They also give us the pleasure of sweet perfume, striking silhouettes and luminous glow.

Plant a tree

Mature trees are really important for attracting wildlife. A research project at Sheffield University found that large trees in a garden were the best predictor of the overall diversity of creatures in the garden.

Put in a pond

If there’s one feature in the garden guaranteed to attract wildlife with astonishing speed, it’s a pond. And at a time when ponds have all but disappeared from farmland, it’s a hugely helpful thing to do.

What to do for birds in April

You may see birds flitting backwards and forwards as they gather nesting materials this month. You might be woken by the spring dawn chorus in most areas with even a bit of greenery.

What to do for insects in April

Butterflies emerge as temperatures rise and sunshine increases - brimstones, commas and even early cabbage whites in warm spells.

What to do for mammals, reptiles and amphibians in April

Frogs, toads and hedgehogs emerge from hibernation as the weather gets milder.

Top gardening jobs for April

Daffodils and tree blossoms are now starting to bloom. It's an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it's also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts.

Allotment: getting started

Finding an allotment and readying it for cultivation can seem a daunting task, but with these simple steps a productive plot is easier than you might think.

Bicoloured flowers

Although some plants, runner bean 'Painted Lady' for example, have been deliberately bred as a bicoloured cultivar, other plants occasionally exhibit bicoloured flowers as a mutation.

Choosing mini vegetables

Vegetables that produce small, delicate and tasty produce are ideal for small gardens and households. Planted in blocks in raised beds or in large tubs, they can also look very attractive.

Containers: planting up

Containers filled with seasonal or permanent plants are extremely versatile. They can brighten up a corner of the garden, provide handy herbs by the kitchen or make the entrance look welcoming.

Creating a Dry Garden

Choosing the right plants to help your garden cope with climate change.

Creating a School Sensory Garden

Create a sensory garden at school that is not only beautiful to look at, but tantalises the children’s senses too.

Edible flowers

Flowers add colour, flavour and texture to savoury and sweet dishes, as well as cordials, oils and butters.

Games and quizzes

These can be useful if the weather is poor or if large numbers of people turn up at once.

Gardening for butterflies

The water and wildlife garden at Cae Hir Gardens, Ceredigion, is largely given over to wild plants and flowers in order to create the perfect environment for butterflies, bees, dragon flies and moths.

Herbs in containers

A collection of herbs in containers in a sunny place near the house is a great asset for both garden and kitchen.

Planting a Green Roof

Improving the environment for people and wildlife.

Working with Willow

Willow is easy to grow and creates many opportunities for activities in the school grounds.