Winter can be a quieter time in the garden, the colder weather sets in, and many of us trade in our wellies for chunky knits. But if you’re craving some time outdoors, there’s still plenty of things to do and to enjoy in your garden. Take a look at our top 6 suggestions and prepare to make the most of the fresh air and your winter garden.
1. Outdoor heaters
Outdoor heaters, fire pits and chimineas are a perfect way to stay cosy whilst enjoying some crisp fresh air in your garden. Grab a cup of tea, cocoa or a hot toddy, turn the heater up and sit and enjoy.
2. Upcycle old garden pots
Winter is the perfect time to get creative and transform old terracotta pots and planters into new pretty planters, customised and ready for spring-summer. From gilding to decoupage and chalk paint to mosaic, take some time to turn old pots in to new treasures. Take a look at our How To: Upcycle Old Garden Pots.
3. Plant evergreens & splashes of colour
If your green-fingers are itching, get planting! Evergreens and flowers such as violas, winter flowering pansies, and forget me nots are ideal to add a splash of colour. Late January and February is a good time to plant summer flowering bulbs in a pot, best in free-draining soil. Hardy geraniums are a good choice.
4. Invest in bird feeders & water baths
Helping garden birds and wildlife in the colder months is a rewarding way to enjoy your garden. Add a bird feeder, bird table or water bath and make it a weekly job to replenish bird food and nuts, and to keep the feeders clean. Also a great way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your home.
5. Get some garden lanterns
Add ambience and warmth to darker winter days and nights with garden lanterns and solar lighting. Perfect for a conservatory and an inexpensive way to brighten up your decking or patio.
6. Have a tidy up ahead of spring
Grab your thermals, wellies and winter woollies, and spend a morning pottering about tidying up your greenhouse, shed and garden. It’s a good time to prepare for spring and take stock of bulbs, garden tools and equipment you need to start planting spring and summer bulbs.
More ideas for the green-fingered and garden lovers:
How To: Create A Container Garden
How To: Care For Your Garden Furniture
How To: Upcycling Ideas For The Garden