5 Projects To Transform Your Garden
Winter has most definitely arrived now. The cold winds are blowing in and we are having to defrost our cars most mornings. When the colder weather sets in, most of us tend to want to huddle up inside our homes, the very last thing that we want to do is get outside in our gardens.
Do not worry, we are not trying to send you out there now, clad in hats and gloves, shears in hand, but we are suggesting that you start planning your garden ready to enjoy next year. This is the perfect time to do it as we are often daydreaming about warm, summery days outside now, making it fun to focus on a few gardening ideas. You will also find that if you know the items that you need, you can get them at a better price now than you will as soon as spring rolls around, saving you money and helping you to plan ahead all in one go! This is why today we want to talk about gardening and are sharing with you 5 projects to transform your garden.
Create features on walls, fences and around doorways
When you look out into your garden, do you see expanses of blank walls and fences? Then let’s remedy that!
Walls and fences are crying out to be decorated, just as you would do inside your home. You could put a wall of hanging pots up, you might paint walls and fences with bright colours or you could go for the easiest option and select climbing plants to do all of the work for you.
There are thousands of options available to you if you choose to plant something to decorate your vertical spaces. We would suggest that you go for something that is easy to find, relatively inexpensive and simple to look after if this is new to you. You should find plants such as honeysuckle and clematis in most garden centres and quite often in supermarkets and budget shops, too, and they do not require a lot of maintenance from you. It is worth paying attention to the position that they thrive in, so ensure that you are planting them according to those suggestions, for example, some might do better in full sun whereas others might prefer partial shade.
When you are planning any projects in your garden, it helps to view your garden as a key space within your home. As such, you will want to make the most of that space, as you would any room inside your house. A brilliant way to make use of this space is to actually build yourself more inside space, outside.
Many of us would benefit from an extra room in our home. We might simply need more storage space, or perhaps a home office would make all the difference in the world? An outbuilding could be a workshop, a craft or art studio, a room for your teens to hang out in, it can be absolutely anything that you need it to be.
As such, your project next year might be adding a shed or looking into garden cabins and how they might be able to transform your outdoor space.
Is a garden even a garden unless it is buzzing with life? Along with thinking about how your garden could be better used for your own purposes, you might like to think of how it can be used to host local wildlife.
We all know that bee populations are on the decline, so you could choose to use your own garden to support them in your area. To do this you should avoid pesticides and plant bee-friendly plants and shrubs, such as lavender, crocuses and hawthorn.
There are then any number of things that you can do, depending on the kind of wildlife you are looking to attract. You could build a minibeast hotel, add a small pond, get into the habit of feeding the birds or perhaps add a bat box or hedgehog habitat.
Give your children their own garden
If you have children, look into giving them their own garden. Most children will be excited to have an area outside that is theirs to do with what they will and that they can design themselves.
Gardening with kids can be a lot of fun and it can teach children so many things. They will learn the basics around gardening and plant care, along with the importance of looking after their new patches and the patience and hard work needed for something to take root and grow.
Take a look around your garden and work out an area that can belong solely to your children. You might have a corner of lawn that you could dig up, you might have a bed that has no current use or you could add in a raised bed or trug that can be theirs.
Spend some time talking about their options with them and then help them to choose their plants. There should be plenty of seeds available that can be sown in the spring and many that germinate easily.
Grow some fruit and vegetables
You could choose to grow some fruit and vegetables out there, turning some space into a little self-sufficient patch for you and your family.
You can grow fruit and vegetables in lots of different places so most gardens should be able to accommodate this. You can plant tomatoes in a pot, use a small bed for some vegetables and salad and then grow raspberry canes up against an unused fence.
Think about the foods that you all enjoy and then look into how easy it is to grow them. You can then pick three or four to try and see how you get on with your first crops.
Again, this is a good one for getting children involved with. It helps them to understand where our food comes from and they are more likely to eat it if they have chosen and grown it themselves.
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