Can you help me make the most of my gar­den in win­ter?

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

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.

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