Even though the weather in the UK has started to turn autumnal, there is still a lot we can do to enjoy our gardens.
It’s even more important right now, as we move into another lockdown, to ensure we can be outside where possible. It’s great for our mental health, for our wellbeing, and our physical health too.
So what can we do to ensure we enjoy our outdoor space as much as possible at this time of year?
I’ve pulled together a few ideas which will help you, no matter what size of garden you have.
Let’s take a look at the ways in which you can make the most of your garden all year round.
How to Make the Most of your Garden All Year Round
I’ve recently become a huge convert on the fire pit. Recently we enjoyed a socially distanced gathering in the garden to celebrate an early Halloween. We toasted marshmallows on the fire pit, and managed to stay outside for many hours, with the help of a few blankets and lanterns.
They’re stylish too, particularly when built into the table of your outdoor dining set.
If you like this idea, then check out Gardenman and their selection of firepit tables.
Even if you don’t have have a large space, it’s important to make the most of it so you can sit, eat and drink outside.
When the weather if fair, and the temperature not too low, take yourself outside. Sit and look at nature, enjoy the fresh air, whether that’s with a morning coffee or an early evening glass of wine.
Small bistro dining sets are perfect for a more compact space and afford you the best way to enjoy the outdoors.
If you’re lucky enough to have a larger garden, then invest in a dining set that whole family can enjoy. Many are made completely weatherproof, designed to be left outside for 365 days a year without any worry of weather damage.
You can shop dining sets here on the on the Gardenman website
As I mentioned, it’s really important to get outside as much as we can right now, particularly through the colder, darker months.
If you have the space outside, why not create a comfy, cosy area where you can head out on a sunny, bright day. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, you can create your own area with lots of cushions and throws to keep it warm
A pallet table in the centre, DIY’ed with a set of castors makes a great focal, and painted in a bright, cheery colour, will bring a smile to your face no matter what the weather.
Making the most of your garden and outdoor space means making it accessible during the darker months. When days are shorter, and light fades faster, outdoor garden lighting is your best friend.
I’m a big fan of Lights4Fun and have used their products in my own garden, particularly the solar powered variety.
Whilst we don’t have as much sun in the winter months, there should still be enough to give you a small amount of solar powered lighting when evening falls.
Ambient lighting creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and functional lighting along the pathway and around walls will help you keep safe as you navigate your way through the space.
Grow Your Own
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Many of us spent a lot of time in our gardens during the summer lockdown growing our own veg and plants. I had great fun experimenting with small amounts of fruit, veg and new bedding plants. By August the garden was bursting with colour and the therapeutic nature of this hobby was incredibly helpful.
Why not carry on this trend in the cooler months.
Get yourself outside and tend to a small vegetable plot or even a small, mobile planter ideal for more compact gardens, patios or balconies.
If you’re looking for advice then do check out the fabulous Growing Family blog for ideas on what to plant and when.
Have you considered creating an outdoor cinema?
They are immense fun for the whole family and very easy to create. Ideal Home has some great tips on how to get started with your outdoor cinema.
It’ much easier than you think and will give you and the family a great activity to enjoy at the weekends when other activities might be limited.
It’s a great way to make the most of your garden too. Just add in some warm blankets, hot chocolate and, of course, a big bucket of popcorn.
The Outdoor Kitchen
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Finally, my last tip for making the most of your garden all year round is to invest in creating an outdoor kitchen.
They’ve become so much more popular this year, with many people having great fun cooking outdoors.
It’s much more than just adding a barbecue. Why not create a whole area for storage, preparation and cooking?
Don’t forget to add in a cover to make it accessible at all times of the year.
Then get the family outside to enjoy your culinary masterpieces!
What else will you be doing to ensure you’re making the most of your garden all year round?
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