I don’t know about you but when the weather starts to get colder we spend less and less time out in our garden.
It doesn’t have to be that way though, and I would love to make better use of our outside space all year round.
So I’ve put together a little list of 4 ways to enjoy the garden in the winter to encourage me, and you hopefully, to get out there and make the most of the garden whatever the season.
1. Look out for the birds
This is one thing that we do regularly and the whole family enjoys it.
All you need to do is get a bird feeder and some bird food then enjoy watching to see what different birds come to visit each day. We love standing at our kitchen window and watching the birds visit our feeders. We get a lot of different tits in our garden, and we’re trying to learn how to spot which is which from the colours and markings on them.
You could take it a step further and get a bird bath for your garden too. Keep checking on it though, and if it gets really cold and the water in the bird bath starts to freeze then you can carefully pour warm water in to melt the ice.
2. Warm things up
You can still sit out and enjoy time in your garden in the colder months.
Take some cushions and blankets out with you while you enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a hot chocolate. If you plan on spending a fair bit of time out in the garden then think about getting a patio heater or a chiminea to keep you warm.
Or if you’re feeling crafty you could build yourself a fire pit to sit around and toast marshmallows on any time of the year.
3. Let the children play
Pop a warm coat on your children and then let them loose in the garden.
They can play football and ride their bikes or scooters, or get creative drawing on the paving slabs with giant chalks. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean they can’t play outside, just maybe give the paddling pool a miss!
4. Get ready for spring
If you want your garden to look lovely when spring rolls around then winter is a great time to start planning.
You can spend a bit of time clearing out flower beds and cutting back bushes or trees. Then it’s time to start planning what you’d like to grow where in the garden when the seasons change. If you’re not confident to do it yourself then you can look for a garden service who can help you, or a gardener who knows what they’re doing to get to work for you.
With a bit of effort and planning now you could have a garden to be proud of next year.
It’s so easy to think that the garden is mainly for the warmer months, but there’s no reason at all that we can’t enjoy it all year round.
What do you enjoy most about your garden in the winter?
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