Making the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces This Summer

If you have a garden, you may not be using it to its full potential. A lot of us tend to leave outdoor spaces pretty empty and featureless, reducing maintenance and simply mowing the lawn every once in a while. But a garden has so much more potential than this.

Depending on the amount of space you have available to you, there are all sorts of things you can do to really enjoy what you have. Here are some ideas that can help to get the ball rolling on those outdoor spaces!

Backyard garden with raised beds

A Herb Garden

Let’s start small. If you’re interested in growing something useful and practical in your garden that can also help to make the space smell great, why not try out an herb garden.

Having a herb garden as part of your outdoor spaces can make a huge difference to not only your garden, but can also provide you with a hobby and something to get invested in too. There are plenty of options that you can try.

Some will grow happily outdoors. Some may need some sort of green house with a controlled environment to thrive. Basil, sage, parsley… think of herbs you actually use in your own cooking to get started.

Backyard herb garden

An Allotment

If you enjoyed creating a herb garden and are looking for something a little more challenging, an allotment could be a great next step. Of course, you will need a larger space and may need to dig up allotment beds in your space if you go ahead with this.

But it really is greatly rewarding to grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables that are free of all the additives and preservatives that you’ll often find in supermarket foods. Again, the variety of choice is huge.

Options include potatoes, squash, cucumber, radish, tomatoes, carrots, peppers and more. Check planting dates to make sure that you’re planting your seeds at the right time of year.

Allotment

An Orchard

Want an even larger challenge? Got a lot of outdoor spaces available? You could go for an orchard. This involves planting all sorts of trees that will bear delicious fruit year round.

There are cherry trees, plum trees, apple trees, pear trees and so much more. You can choose to start from scratch or to plant already grown and established trees.

Work with a landscape design specialist to ensure you’re planting trees correctly and the right distance apart for them to thrive.

orchard

A BBQ Area

Want to entertain family and friends in your space? Why not create a BBQ area with a BBQ, a firepit, seating, lighting and other elements of the space that can create a friendly, social and comfortable atmosphere for you and your nearest and dearest?

Here, you can create fond memories and really enjoy yourself. Plus, you can use the space yourself when you don’t even have people around!

These are just a few ideas to spark your imagination when it comes to making a little more out of your outdoor spaces over the course of the next year!

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