The Things Every Garden Should Have

You might be more concerned about getting cosy up on the couch in front of a roaring fire than you are about your garden right now, but it won’t be very long until spring shows up and being outdoors is more of an inviting idea once again. When that time comes, you want your garden to be ready for action, right?

That’s why now is the perfect time to ensure that your garden is equipped with the following essentials:


What’s a garden without furniture? Nothing right, So, if you don’t currently have any, or if the furniture you currently have is not exactly as comfy as it once was, and especially if it’s started rusting or rotting, check out Garden Furniture & Interiors  and invest in some more. As a minimum, you should aim to have a table and chairs and a parasol to keep you and your family comfy and cool when the weather is ripe for long days lounging in the garden!

A Shed

A shed is an invaluable addition to any garden because, not only can it be used to safely contain your essential gardening tools, but it is also useful for pottering around in, sewing seeds, and fixing things when spring comes around, and it’s time to work on the garden. If you don’t already have a shed, now is the perfect time to find one. In fact, the old house garden has 2 sheds!

A Compost Bin

If you don’t have your own compost bin, then you’re really missing a trick because it’s a great way to get rid of that annoying food waste, and a free way to feed your garden so that it looks more beautiful than ever. Start now, and it won’t take as long as you think to build up some amazing compost.

A Water Feature

Okay, so you might not think a water feature is an essential element of the garden, and I suppose it technically isn’t but if you want your garden to be as relaxing as it can possibly be, then having some running water around is a pretty good way to achieve that aim. It also gives the birds somewhere to drink and bathe too, which brings us to…

Bird Feeders

One of the simplest pleasures in life is sitting out in the garden watching our feathered friends of about their day and the best way to encourage activity of the winged kind in the garden is by hanging bird feeders around the perimeter. Feed them regularly though as they will begin to rely on your offerings.

A Water Butt

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A rain barrel set up to catch rain

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It’s sensible to have at least one water-butt, like the ones at Wickes in the garden because it helps to deal with excess runoff from roofs and gutters and you can, of course, use the water to keep your plants and flowers healthy. If you have a pond, you can also use the water from the butt to top that up when it starts to run a little dry. Wildlife like toads and newts love them too if you’re trying to create a wildlife friendly garden
Do you have these things in your garden? If not, it might be time to change that!
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  • I’m itching to start sorting out the garden… as soon as the weather warms up! Thanks for reminding me that we definitely need to get a new bench this year x

  • Having a water feature is a big plus for me. We couldn’t move our waterfall, so John built a new one when we moved house. It is satisfying on so many levels.

    • Oh I’d love a waterfall! We have a beautiful old bird bath and I’d love a small water feature in our Rose garden so I can sit, in the summer and listen to it whilst enjoying the Rose fragrance. X

  • I’d love to have a garden some day – that’s the dream! I live in a flat now so we don’t have much green space. #ablogginggoodtime

  • I’d love to have a garden where I could fit in at least a few of those things. Right now I’m just grateful to be able to fit a square foot garden in our itty bitty back yard.
    Hopping over from #pocolo.
    Have a great day!

  • I always forget to plan in advance. And then when the season comes around regret not having enough daffodils in the garden. I LOVE all the different varieties and throwing random ones in to the soil so I never quite know what is going to pop up where. I’ve never thought of a compost bin but you are right. I am going to look in to that. Thanks for the tip. #PoCoLo

    • A compost bin is awesome as you can put all your scraps in it. I have a post on how to make compost if you are interested. X

  • We used to have a bird feeder and I loved watching the various visitors but we took it down when we got a cat because it wouldn’t have been fair on either of them!

    • True! We have cats but they are old and don’t even look up at the squirrels never mind the birds!

  • We just have a concrete back yard but we make the most of it…
    We love feeding the birds and have some bird feeders to make over the weekend x

    • Well you could also fill it with lovely planters and pots full of beautiful plants and flowers. There are some lovely ideas on Pinterest at the moment with making bird feeders with children that I have seen. Have fun. X

  • I do love gardening and am starting to think about getting ready for spring. You have reminded me that my water butt still needs connecting/ Spring will be here before we know it! #pocolo

    • I know you are right Louisa! I’m need to clean mine out actually, x

  • no compost bins here, too smelly in the summer, no need for a water butt as it rarely rains, as in 2cms max a year and water features just dry up, however i do put water out for the birds and sadly no room for a shed, but the grass doesn’t grow much and the ground is sand so easy to dig and no tools needed. An altogether different story when we lived in South Africa and the UK compared to Dubai #pocolo

    • Well that’s true. At least you have a garden to relax in. Thanks for stopping by. X

  • Great ideas. I miss having a compost bin. Our HOA won’t allow it. However I can often be found tossing stuff into the woods….shhh! #copolo

    • Well as long as it fits down it’s ok! X

  • Interesting post. We have a few of these things, not all. 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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