Drive-in movie nights are the latest craze, but unless you have a 1950s convertible, you’re not going to get the full effect. Far more enjoyable to screen your favourite flick in your garden, by setting up a projector a few bean bags (and blankets for when it gets chilly). Instagrammer Rebecca Lawson from Great Yarmouth (@malmo_and_moss) did just that in the midst of lockdown, which “has been great for entertaining the boys.” It was, she says, quite easy. “The first part of the set-up was finding a good spot in the garden for the projector screen. It needed to be somewhere we could run a power cable out to, but which also allowed space for seating.”

She used a Yaber 6500 lumens projector (£169.99) and a Vamvo 120in screen (£139.99), which she ordered from Amazon, then arranged beanbags, festoon lighting, cushions and outdoor rugs. “It’s all very easy to set up,” she says, but the key to getting a good picture is waiting for it to be sufficiently dark.” Try beanbag chairs from £224.99, armadillosun.com; festoon lights from £25, coxandcox.co.uk and outdoor rugs from a selection at weavergreen.com.

Build a pond

We have all developed more of a fascination with nature this year and to encourage even more in to our gardens, a pond can bring “added vibrancy” with wildlife ranging from “frogs to dragonflies and water beetles”, according to Dr Andrew Salisbury, RHS Principal Entomologist.

Landscape architect Victoria Wade built a pond in her own garden this summer and says it’s a simple – if heavy duty – task. “It’s best to site a new pond in a sunny spot on level ground. Use a hose or some string to mark out the shape of the edges of the pond – it can be any shape you like,” she says. The deepest point should be about 60-80cm, with gently sloping edges to allow wildlife to access it safely.

Once you have dug the pond, make sure you have removed any stones in the soil and then line the hole with pond underlay (or old carpet) before putting the pond liner on top. Put a layer of underlay on top of the liner, too, to protect the liner, half fill the pond to weigh down the liner and then use stones and washed gravel to create a natural looking edge to the pond.

Finish filling the pond and plant up with a mix of native aquatic plants. “You may get some blanket weed at first (scoop it out with a stick and leave it at the edge of the pond for any creatures to escape), but once the plants have established the pond will require very little maintenance and will hopefully bring your garden to life with lots of wonderful wildlife,” she says.

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