Have a look outside the window and think long and hard about what you see. Your garden is just sitting there in the middle of winter looking sorry for itself. It’s not as bright outside because the sun is hiding behind all these clouds. Everything looks cold and the garden looks plain, perhaps even boring. It’s at times like these where you can really think about what direction you’re heading in. You get all these ideas about what you want to do to turn it into somewhere really special.
There’s still a good few months until the warm weather starts to come back. For a few minutes each day you should look outside your window and decide what could make your garden better. After you’ve thought of a few suggestions you should try to imagine them coming true and see how you feel. Once spring rolls around you could turn those ideas into a reality and make your garden the nicest place in the world before summer hits. I have a few suggestions for you in case you are finding it hard to come up with ideas.
A refreshing swimming pool
This one is easy to imagine when the fire is on and you’re nice and hot. You would then get to walk outside and take a nice dip in your very own pool. The summer would never be the same again and you would always have an excuse to stay at home. If you’re into your fitness it’s also a great way to stay in shape, either by swimming laps of the pool or just splashing about with the kids. It will cost you some money in the beginning, but for some people it’s well worth it.
Build a pond
If you don’t want a big swimming pool you could just build a pond. At least it’s still a water feature, even though you wouldn’t get the chance to swim in it. There’s more ways to do it than just putting a simple hole in the ground. You can make it as big and fancy as you like and it could even have a little fountain that sprays out water. Fish would also be a lovely thing to keep inside and they would be nice to watch swimming around, so someone still gets to swim.
Something for the kids
Instead of taking the kids to the park all the time you could build something really special for them in the garden. The kind of thing that would stop then wanting to wander the street about 10 years before they are old enough. It could be a set of swings, a climbing frame, or anything else that’s marvelous. Just picture the look on their face when they realize it’s going to be the best summer ever.
Turn the garden into a forest
What about planting lots of amazing trees? There’s ones you can get that are already quite large, so it’s not like they will only be tiny for the first few years. Don’t expect something as tall as you’re house, but they do look OK. Your garden will look a lot nicer with trees than a plain patch of grass. As soon as they start to bloom the garden will take on a different look altogether. It’s definitely something to consider because once they’re in you don’t have much to do.
Learn to grow your own food
If you really want to start a pet project you could learn how to grow your own vegetables. Once the ground unfreezes you could make yourself a nice little patch and start getting busy. If you have the room to put a greenhouse it that would be a good idea too. There’s plenty of nice fruit and vegetables you can grow inside one when the weather is a bit better. I bet you’ll love the taste of your own food.
Mike Stilling is an expert landscaping blogger. He loves to write posts related to pool landscaping. Mike currently works for Polar Pools & Landscapes Ltd.