Anyone else wish it was Spring yet? There’s inches of snow outside as I write, and, while I love snow and snowmen and the snowball fight I had with Mark as we scraped snow off the car at the station before we drove home, I really want to see some more sunshine. And see a few flowers – the kind that aren’t in a vase.
This year is going to be a hectic one house-wise, but I’d like to try and spruce up the garden this year. I like to weed and tidy things up, and that costs very little.
But there are a few other tweaks that I’ve come across on my Pinterest too.
Make a fire pit
Telling stories around a fire and toasting marshmallows in your backyard fire pit – can you imagine. I love the idea of having family and friends round and chatting until late with this for warmth. But I do have a toddler and two naughty cats, so maybe in a few years…
I am overhauling our gardens this year, and I can’t wait to go crazy at the garden centre. I don’t really have a colour theme in mind, but my favourite colour is yellow so I imagine there will be daffs everywhere and maybe a few sunflowers this year too.
Extend your house into your garden
We’re hoping to merge our conservatory and kitchen as one, and I’d like to continue that into the garden in the summer months. I can just imagine everything being nice and bright, with some comfy garden furniture, which would be perfect for BBQs.
Make a play area
We made a play area for Bill last year and it was the best thing we ever did. Having a playground in the garden means you can relax, while your little ones play. To make your play area safe for kids of all ages, make sure you use rubber matting, or wood chippings to minimise bumps and knocks.
Create a backyard pond
I remember when my mum made a pond in our garden and my brother and I used to lean over it for hours, trying to spot the fish we’d picked. They don’t only bring fish to the garden – we had butterflies, frogs and birds hovering around too.
All you’ll need is a shovel a few other materials such as a liner, sand, burlap bags, and different plants and rocks. A Tsurumi submersible pump can keep the water flowing and prevent midges from settling in too. We are really lucky to have a brook running through the bottom of our garden, but sadly no fish. So this idea is still on my radar!