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How to Bring Life to Your Garden

Home Garden

In the days of the housing and cost of living crisis, having a garden can feel like a luxury. Unfortunately, the good old British weather can sometimes leave you not wanting to venture out in your backyard for months.

But if you’re lucky enough to have a bit of your own private outside space, you’ll no doubt want to make the most out of it.

So here’s some tips on how to transform your garden into your new favourite place, regardless of season.

Make Your Garden A Productive Place

Even if you don’t want to spend much time out there yourself, consider using the space productively. For example, you could start growing your own food, vegetables, or plants and flowers with the help of equipment such as a cold frame or a vegtrug planter. Who knows, maybe it could start a new hobby?

Making Your Garden Fun During Any Season

Are things looking too drab outside? There are ways to get around it, you don’t have to just wait for the summer…

Lighting

While the long dark winter nights might mean your garden goes unused, to make things more inviting, why not start by adding some lighting to a garden that is particularly dark.

You could drape fairy lights around your fence or buy solar powered lights that stick in the ground. You’d be surprised at the atmosphere this creates.

A motion sensor style light may also help for short trips out in the garden, as long as the flicking on and off doesn’t get too annoying for you or neighbours.

Warmth

Investing in a fire pit can instantly make a garden more welcoming. Fire pits come in many different designs, accounting for various budgets. Deluxe ones will have extra features, for example you may be able to use it as a table to rest food and drink on as well.

If you don’t want an open flame in the garden, you can also get fire pits with safety shields, or buy a chiminea instead. Either way, they will both add warmth and light to your garden space. If you plan on having company over for an outdoor gathering, you’ll find that guests will love sitting round the fire.

A patio heater is also worth looking into, these are great for keeping you and friends warm, whether that be in colder seasons, or late summer evenings when it starts to get chilly.

Shelter

Having a parasol in your garden can be great for any season. It can protect you from getting burned by harsh sunlight in summer, or soaked from short bursts of unexpected rain. Parasols can be moved easily, either coming as a separate item that stands up on its own or as part of a garden table that you can remove as you please.

You could also go bigger, purchasing a larger shelter such as a gazebo. This will provide cover to a wider space, either for more people to sit under, or for generally keeping the area dry.

Furniture

What do you put under that shelter? How about some furniture? Whether it’s some simple plastic chairs or a rattan sofa, adding some garden furniture will make it look instantly more appealing. With the right chair, you may find yourself sitting out there more.

Garden Furniture

Storage

If you don’t see yourself spending much time in your own garden, you could use it for some extra storage at the very least. Storage boxes are quite popular, plus you might be able to get a decent sized shed for between £100 or £200 if shopping at the right time. Don’t forget to keep whatever storage you use protected with a padlock.

Hobbies and Exercise

Perhaps your garden could become a place for certain hobbies. For example, you could turn your garden into a gym. Levels of garden gym vary from a mat and a few dumbbells in the middle of the grass, to a full blown cabin at the end of the garden (if you have the budget).

You could bring a pull up tower, weight bench, or even an exercise bike outside. Keeping it safe using shelter, but note that things like magnetic exercise bikes may need to be brought in, as the cold can mess up their systems.

Make Your Garden Your New Favourite Place

With a bit of time and money, you could make some big or small additions to your garden, breathing new life into and making the most out of your outside space. Try out some of the ideas above!

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