Making Your Garden Usable In The Colder Months

by - Monday, October 30, 2017

Gardens might be the most usable in the summer months when the weather is nice, but if you're lucky enough to have outside space it's crazy to neglect it for the rest of the year. While you're not going to be doing much sunbathing or barbequing over the winter, there's plenty you can do outside to reinvigorate your garden; keep it looking nice and making it a usable space to spend time in all year round.

Install a log cabin
This is one is a bit of a cheat, although technically it is still in the garden and is making the most of the space you have outside. While the weather is still fine and dry, install a log cabin or summerhouse. Whether you choose to build it yourself or assemble a pre-made piece, be sure to put enough money aside to make it winter-proof. Insulating the walls, floors and ceilings will help to keep the cold out and you could even go a step further and have heating installed depending on how big of a project you want to make it. Alternatively if you only wanted to install electrics you could go for an electric heater.

Invest in a fire pit
A fire pit is a great investment for the garden as it can be used all year round, but is especially handy in the winter as you can spend time outside on a dry evening while staying warm. They can be powered with firewood for a clean and environmentally friendly burn; kiln dried logs will often have a low moisture content, which means they are reliable and will work every time. As well as acting as heat source they also make a great central feature, have some friends round and toast some marshmallows! 

Install an outdoor hot tub
You won’t even be able to tell it’s winter while you're relaxing in the bubbles of your own garden hot tub! You might have to make a quick dash back to the house in the cold when it's time to get out, but you'll be nice and warm while you're in there. Again this is something that would be great for entertaining in all year, but allows you to use your garden in the winter. 

Prepare For The Spring
There's not an enormous amount of winter flowering plants available so the garden can look a bit drab when the weather is cold, however adding a number of evergreens to your pots and borders will make everything look much more alive  Plant bulbs and sow seeds ready for next year, then the work is done and your garden will burst into flower over the spring and summer next year. Digging a fresh veggie patch in the winter is actually the best time to do it, the cold and frost kills off bacteria allowing your produce to grow unhindered.

Do you use your garden much in the colder months?

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