The barbecues may have retreated to the shed and the outdoor furniture may have been covered up – but that doesn’t mean your garden should go unused until the warmer and lighter months start creeping back in. Here’s what you can do until then:

Build a hedgehog house

When was the last time you saw a hedgehog? Hedgehog numbers have plummeted in recent years, and according to a recent report, the UK hedgehog population has fallen to less than 1 million. This is worrying when you consider that the population was estimated to be 30 million in the 1950s.

Lack of habitat, especially in rural areas, is believed to be one of the main culprits, and building a hedgehog house can not only attract these fascinating creatures to your garden, but can also help save the species in the UK. All you need is some basic tools, some plywood, and a short length of drainpipe – read how to make one here.

Build your own hedgehog house

Grow veg

Growing veg isn’t just for spring and summer! Many favourites can be planted and sown during the autumn/winter months, including broad beans, asparagus, peas, garlic, onions, cabbage, and spinach! It’s worth noting that at this time of year, the slugs and snails are less of a threat as they start to hibernate…

Garlic is an easy herb to grow so it might be worth starting with that one if you’re a gardening novice – fresh home-grown garlic will definitely take your cooking to another level!

Get started here.

Grow your own garlic

Lighten up

Just because the nights are getting darker doesn’t mean your garden has to. You can be really creative with your outdoor lighting setup – here are some of our favourites that we’ve seen recently:

Creative outdoor lighting

Outdoor beams

Outdoor tree lighting

You can check out this blog for more outdoor lighting inspiration!

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