DIY: fat balls for the birds
Bees desperately need our help, and we need theirs as well. Bee numbers are declining because we have fewer wildflowers and plants outdoors and there are harmful pesticides and diseases in the ecosystem. If the bees die out and can't pollinate our fruit and vegetable plants, we'll have a big problem on our hands. So do your bit and plant one of these bee-friendly plants in your garden.
Hedgehogs, toads, salamanders, butterflies and mice — before you know it, you’ve transformed your garden into a wildlife centre. Granted, they're not everyone's cup of tea, but not all small creatures have to be unwelcome visitors. Did you know that hedgehogs get rid of slugs, for example? Lend a helping hand where you can, but also allow nature do its thing. Read about how to attract animals to your garden, and gently encourage harmful ones and uninvited guests on their way.
Handy slug and snail tips
Slugs and snails are the sort of wildlife we could do without: they’re way too keen on nibbling our plants' young, fresh leaves. You can’t blame them for coming to visit, though, so take a look at our six slug and snail-friendly tips for persuading them to move on.
Looking for more autumn inspiration? Check out our article about warmly coloured plants for autumn, see our DIY for an autumnal wreath for your door and see our autumn dossier. You can also take a look at our Instagram and Facebook pages and tag us with the hashtag #thejoyofplants.