Brrr, it’s cold outside!  With the shortest day and Christmas fast approaching you might not have as much time or inclination to spend time in your outside space but here’s a run-down of what you can do.

Furniture care – a lot of today’s garden furniture is now kept in the garden year-round, but it’s always best to check to be on the safe side.  Make sure you remove all soft furnishings – they may be waterproof, but storing them inside or in a shed or garage during the winter doesn’t take too much effort and can stop items from being water damaged in the long run. It will also prevent any overly-curious wildlife damaging them!

Wildlife wonders – depending on the severity of the cold weather, wild birds may need a helping hand when it comes to food.  If you have the space, why not hang a couple of bird feeders in your plot and treat our feathered friends to some fat balls and selected seeds and nuts?  Make sure you hang them in clear view of windows so that you get a “bird’s eye view” of the comings and goings!

Christmas delights – from beautiful red and green Poinsettias in the house, to wreaths on your front door featuring holly and seasonal plants, there are lots of ways to bring Christmas to life.   You can even create your own wreaths using plants from your plot and some carefully wrapped fairy lights. Let your imagination run riot and if you’re stumped, why not visit your local garden centre for ideas?