Can you help me make the most of my garden in winter?
ACertainly, Guru’s rates are very reasonable. Presuming you don’t require his sub-zero mowing skills (few do), you’ll probably be looking for some kind of outdoor gadgetry that will ensure the health of your greenery through those frosty times.
But let’s be frank: what do you really need to do gardening-wise in the winter? Realistically, you need to put your tools away – if you haven’t prepared things in the autumn, it’s a bit late. Your plants will likely make it through, and your lawn will reach spring in a haggard but serviceable state – it’s the way of nature, particularly because Guru presumes you’re not going to rip the thing up and install ludicrously frivolous under-pitch heating.
It is possible, though, to enjoy the great outdoors even when it’s chilly out. A patio heater, like the £110 Firefly 12kW Premium, will keep you warm-ish; a log-burner like the La Hacienda Malmo chimenea (£126, and it has a log store in the underside) will do it in a classy and more satisfying way. You’ll probably also want a little outdoor lighting to set the mood; Guru is leaning more towards the LIFX side of smart lights, but it seems to be dragging its feet on the garden kit so Philips’ Hue lights are the best choice for now.
With that set, take good advantage of those shorter days with some outdoor entertainment. GaGu frequently disobeys those warnings on the front of his favourite Blu-rays and invites the neighbours down for performances of some questionable flicks; a pop-up projector screen like Duronic’s 100-inch FPS100 (£140) is perfect if conditions aren’t too inclement, while something more along the lines of the Henzin 120-inch foldable screen (a £23 sheet which you can pin to a wall) is better if you’re planning to show Ninja 3: The Domination in the rain.