Time To Stop Neglecting Your Garden

Even people who take huge amounts of care over their home have one thing that they seem to forget about all too often: their garden. Even people who will take huge amounts of care and attention making sure that the interior of their home is completely perfect can often find themselves completely neglecting this incredibly important part of it.

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Picking strawberries in Grandad’s garden.

When we first took on this house, the garden needed a lot of attention. The grass was crazy high and there were a few surprises hidden in the undergrowth, but slowly we are getting there and the garden is already starting to produce food- our main gardening goal.

Of course, it can be pretty understandable why this sort of thing happens. After all, not everyone is inclined to get down into the mud, planting bulbs and pulling up weeds. But it’s important to remember that your garden is as much a part of your home, it is extra living space, an extra room if you will and as anything else and it deserves your care and attention. Not only that but if you take the time to look after your garden, you’ll find that it’s the kind of place you actually want to spend more time. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways to make your garden a more pleasant place to be.

Light

Light is one of the things that a lot of people assume simply isn’t an issue when it comes to their garden. After all, when you’re outside, there’s so much natural light that you don’t need any! This is, of course absolutely true but by ignoring the need for lighting, your garden is going to be a pretty dark and uninviting place once the sun goes down. There are few things more relaxing than a drink in the garden on a warm evening and with some lights around it can be even more enjoyable. Think about some solar powered fairy lights across your fences or perhaps some LED Floodlights so that you can light up the whole thing with ease no matter how dark it is. Not only does this create a much more pleasant atmosphere but it also helps to keep your garden safe from any potential intruders.

LED lights are better for the environment, cost less to run and will last much longer than ordinary lighting. The up front purchasing cost is more, but you will save Pounds in the long run.

Colour

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Nothing makes a garden more appealing than bringing out some splashes of colour. Of course, the overwhelming colour of your garden is going to be green, but that gives you a canvas to work from. Why not plant some easy-for-beginners flowers around the lawn so that you can have a lovely perimeter of different colours surrounding it. Perfect plants for newbie gardeners include hardy lavender (smells amazing too!), primroses, verbenas, cornflowers and dahlias. These are all great for our very important bees too!

Why not paint your garden furniture as well? This adds a little touch of brightness that will last all year round. Fencing, sheds and raised beds could all do with a splash of funky colours!

Lots of easy to grow vegetables produce stunning colour too. Pumpkins, marrows and courgettes all create beautiful yellow and orange flowers, peas and beans too give subtle colour… and the bonus is, that you get free food too!

Make it useful

Of course, if you really want to give yourself and incentive to look after your garden, why not just make it useful as well as attractive. Not only can you plant lovely looking flowers but why not plant some vegetables as well. That way your garden not only looks great but it can also supply you with plenty of delicious food! There are few things more satisfying and delicious than taking a bite of a piece of fruit or munch down on a vegetable that you grew yourself!

There are plenty of options for what you can grow and what you plant will depend on the time of year as well as a bunch of other factors. Make sure to do some research and figure out which things you want to grow and when.

We are currently turning our back garden into a mini-farm. We aim to grow enough food throughout the seasons that can be eaten fresh or preserved to keep our tummies filled all year round. My favourite veg to grow for beginners include Beans (runner, broad), peas, lettuces, carrots, radishes and beetroot. We have recently planted some fruit trees too!

Swiss Chard; Bright Lights can be found in our garden atm.
Swiss Chard; Bright Lights can be found in our garden atm.

Author: Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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