Who doesn’t love summer? Even those who don’t do well in the heat still love the sunshine days, that endless blue skies and the breeze that picks up the scent of cut grass. The days are filled with sunshine, warm nights and there are plenty of things to pick, taste and enjoy.
Summer is the season we all savour before everything turns brown again, and it’s on its way. There are plenty of ways to make the most of the summer, from installing glass verandas outside so that you have somewhere to sit even when it rains, to planting your own fruit bushes ready for next year’s pickings. If you’re looking for ideas on how you can enjoy your garden this summer, check out our list of suggestions below.
- Be different with your morning. Even if you only have a few minutes, take your breakfast to the garden. In the summer, the sun rises much earlier which means the day starts to warm pretty quickly. Sitting outside in the morning gives you time to listen to the birds sing, smell the dew on the grass, and give yourself a moment to feel calmer and practice mindfulness. By starting your day in nature, you will feel better and more whole as a person.
- Plant some new herbs. One of the beauties of having your own garden is the chance to plant your own fruit and vegetables and having a herb garden is also fun. You could have some heirloom tomatoes already growing, but making sure you plant Thai basil, lemon grass, chocolate mints or even lemon verbena in your window boxes is going to ensure that you have access to herbs that you would not normally be able to access. Is there really anything better than fresh herbs on your dinner?
- Move your entertainment and parties outside. The garden is such a beautiful space in the summertime that entertaining your friends and celebrating it out there is such a good idea. You don’t need to have expensive upgrades to make sure that your garden feels festive either. By putting up lights or hanging paper garlands, you can bring out the colour of your garden and make it much nicer to be in. Colourful throw pillows are a great way to add extra seating without spending too much on furniture, and a movable fire pit gives you somewhere to sit around with your friends.
- Instal an outdoor shower. Step aside, outdoor kitchen, because the outdoor shower takes president. Imagine having a nighttime shower under the stars. Imagine having an outdoor bathroom right next to the pool that you installed last summer. You can create a path away from the home so you don’t worry about any water damage, and all you need is basic plumbing. There are plenty of shower fixtures out there that are specific to outdoor ones, and it’s going to look and feel fantastic.
- Upgrade your lighting. Lighting outside is not just a security thing. It’s a good way to elevate the space and make it brighter and better to hang out in. Think of your garden as an extension of your home, just make sure that you have some citronella candles involved so that you can fight off the mosquitoes.
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