It’s so hot at the moment that I don’t feel like doing anything, do you? However, the summer is always a great time to get those jobs done in the garden that you have been putting off all year. It might sound strange to hear, but sometimes a garden space is often much more than simply a garden space! It’s the exterior that serves as a boundary for your home, but it’s also much more than that. It may be the place where you will unwind after work or where your children play. It’s a place of great potential, the place where your children will form their memories, and the place for you to invite your nearest and dearest for a BBQ. Put simply, your garden is a place that deserves to be cared for. Your home is not complete unless you can use your garden to its fullest potential.
When was the last time you tidied your garden? Could it be that now is the time to redesign and redecorate this area? What might you gain from doing so? As it’s so sunny and now that the children have finished school, perhaps this is the summer to get those garden jobs done to create the garden you have always wanted!
Patio & Paths
Having a patio or deck is a useful addition to any garden. It may be right near your back door or perhaps in a sunny position at the end of the garden. Installing a new patio or deck is a great job to get done in the summer months as it’s drier. If laying a new seating area is not an option, perhaps it’s time to invest in a power washer to remove accumulated months and years of moss or grime. I used to live in a house with a fabulous deck which I use to vacuum (yes, vacuum!) and then, varnish every summer. My job for this holiday is to repaint my raised vegetable beds as this will help them stay looking great through the winter months. You could think about growing patio fruit trees to lend some beautiful colour to this area. Adding trees or plants in pots is a fabulous idea for introducing interest to a tired space. From here you might consider applying a chipped wooden or stone path to wind around your garden. We have added brick and gravel paths to the Old House garden; the brick ones being easy to clean if needed although the gravel ones are cheaper to create.
Do you have different areas in your garden that could do with a revamp or even a rethink? Might an open space of lawn be a perfect place for that vegetable or fruit patch you’ve been dreaming of? In one of the first houses we lived in, we had an old oil tank that we disguised using a vertical piece of trellis. We grew a pretty clematis over the trellis and this area was transformed. Maybe you want to create an area for the children to play in with a sand pit or a climbing frame. These jobs are easier to do in the summer. Perhaps the children could help you decide what to create.
The BIG jobs Versus the small jobs
Sometimes, we want to redesign and create the whole garden from scratch in one go. Asking a garden designer may be something that interests you. This is not always an option. We created the Old House Garden by tackling the big jobs in chunks and we did it all ourselves. Having a plan of what you want the garden to look like, on paper or in your head, is obviously a good idea. Then you can tackle sections at a time without feeling overwhelmed. Having said that, just adding new plants or getting the greenhouse clean, can also make a real difference.
What jobs do you hope to do in your garden this summer? Add your jobs in the comments. I would be interested to see what you all have planned; if anything! Happy gardening.
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.