The garden is a great place to find things to make Christmas decorations. Traditional favourites like holly, ivy and pine cones are very versatile and make cheap alternatives to shop bought decorations. Bayer’s Anita Dent has some tips on how to make something special without breaking the bank.

September heralds the start of spring in Australia, but as the country is so large gardening jobs differ in different parts of the country. In the south, the cool temperate areas mean there is still the chance of a frost whilst the Gold Coast and Western Australia are frost free. Garden expert John Mason offers his spring garden tips.