As the evenings draw in and the temperature starts to drop, a lot of us virtually stop using our gardens. That is a shame because studies show that being outside gives us a boost. It is really good for our emotional and mental health. Below are some ideas that will help you continue enjoying your garden almost regardless of the weather.
Install some lights
Lighting up your garden is a great way to ensure that the night drawing in does not stop you from going out there. If you are looking for a range of connectable festoon lights you could use in virtually any garden, just click the link. Stringing them across a terrace or along the top of your patio doors will ensure that you have enough light to see what you are doing.
It is also worth up-lighting some of your plants. You will be surprised by how stunning the bigger plants look. It is a great way to add a touch of magic to a garden while creating a more calming environment.
Keep everyone warm
Nobody likes to be cold. There is no need to sit there muffled up in a hat, scarf, and gloves. Often, simple things like giving everyone a cushion to sit on and blankets are enough. On colder nights, using a patio heater may be necessary.
But that is not your only option. Fire pits are a great addition to any garden. Sitting around an outdoor fire that has been sunken into the ground is surprisingly comfortable and relaxing. Provided you build the right type, you can cook on them year-round. They are not as versatile as a barbecue, but as you can see here, there is still plenty of tasty dishes you can enjoy cooking on them.
Create a windbreak
It is surprising how much warmer you will feel if you can find a spot in your garden where you can sit away from the wind. If such a spot does not exist yet, create one by setting up a windbreak. Temporary fencing that can be removed in the spring is ideal for this.
Do something physical to stay warm
Working hard is a highly effective way to get and stay warm. You could, for example, build your own firepit by following this step-by-step guide.
Plus, there are plenty of winter gardening jobs that you could be doing. Examples include digging over your vegetable patch, pruning trees, shrubs, and mulching. Once you have done these tasks in your own garden, why not see if an elderly neighbor needs a hand with their gardening. It is a really good way to help someone else while being able to enjoy being outside.
If it snows, why not get out there with the kids and enjoy a snowball fight. Or build a snowman.
As you can see, making your garden a more friendly place during the winter is not hard. It also does not cost much.
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