The idea of being cooped up inside during the winter months doesn’t fill anyone with joy. However, cold weather is no real excuse for staying indoors. As the famous saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing.
With the right approach, you can enjoy your garden no matter what the weather is like.
Easy ways to enjoy your garden in winter
There are so many ways that you can enjoy your garden during the winter, from having the right outdoor furniture that can be covered over when it rains, to installing a fire pit that keeps you warm and toasty.
Here are five easy ways to enjoy your garden this winter.
Install an outdoor kitchen
Adding an outdoor kitchen to your home is one of the best ways that you can enjoy your garden through the winter. Who cares if it’s cold outside? Food tastes great outdoors all year round, and there’s something wonderful about roasting sausages on the barbecue while you set off some fireworks on bonfire night. And everybody loves the chance to toast marshmallows too.
An outdoor kitchen, or even just a barbecue and some good seating, can really make your garden stand out this winter.
Add some extra lighting
As the sun goes to bed earlier in the winter months, you might want to consider lighting up your outdoor space so that you can continue to use it. Up-lighting a tree can create a stunning feature, while installing solar lights allows you to continue to enjoy your garden without having to pay the bill.
Make sure that you add lighting that really stands out in your garden, and you’ll be able to considerably extend the amount of time you can use it.
Do something educational with the kids
Even if you’re not home schooling, you can take the kids outside in winter and really have some fun. Fresh air is good for the whole family, and a fantastic way to keep everyone active.
Great outdoor activities for kids in winter include making bird feeders, creating a journey stick on a nature walk, or having a nature scavenger hunt. If it’s very cold you can wrap up warm and keep your sessions outdoors short and sweet.
Get ready for spring
Even through the winter, you can get the garden ready for spring. Now’s a good time to prepare the soil ready for growing your own fruit and vegetables, and plan what seeds you’re going to sow. Getting the kids involved is a good way to teach them how to grow their own food, and the importance of healthy eating.
Plant a tree
If you own your home, planting a tree is one of the most rewarding ways that you can spend time in your garden. Early winter is a good time to plant bare root trees, as they will be in their dormant state and less likely to struggle with being transplanted. Bare root trees are also usually the cheapest way to add a tree to your garden.
Choose fruit bearing trees, or trees that will provide beautiful flowers or foliage. Whatever you go for, your family will be able to enjoy them for years to come.
What’s your top tip for enjoying the garden in winter?