During the Covid-19 pandemic, for many of us, our gardens became one of the most important spaces in our homes. And even after the restrictions have lifted, our outdoor spaces will remain a valued area to help us relax, unwind and enjoy some fresh air. We’ve gathered some simple and easy steps you can follow to make your garden an even more enjoyable space to use, and what’s more, is that they won’t break your budget either.


Get Growing

One obvious but fantastic way to use your garden is to plant some fruit and vegetables. You don’t need to be green-fingered to get started and it’s a great way to get your children involved too. If you don’t already have any patches set up, raised beds are easy to make and are the ideal spot to grow potatoes, peas and carrots amongst other produce.

You could also add a greenhouse to take your gardening a little more seriously. You can find cheaper models which are easy to put up, as well as the larger, more traditional structures. Inside here you can grow a range of foods, including cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. A herb garden is another great addition to your garden and can be very easy to look after too.


Start Planting

Once you’ve planted your produce you can then turn your attention to adding some more colour and life to your space. A popular and cost-effective choice is to use wildflowers, these will also attract insects to your garden. To keep your space looking colourful throughout the year, you could use a gardening calendar to ensure that there’s always a new plant blooming each season.

If you have a larger space to work with, you could add some shrubbery and even a tree to create a sense of height and layers in your garden. This can also create the perfect treehouse building spot for your budding explorers.


Sit Down

After all of that gardening, it’s time to sit back and put your feet up. If you have a decking or patio area, you could spend some time de-weeding it and or even add a splash of colour with some outdoor paint. If you want to replace your garden furniture you can some bargains by shopping for second-hand items on the Facebook Marketplace or eBay. But if you’re happy with your current set, some new cushions are a quick way to add some new life to chairs.

To enjoy your seating space throughout the year, a shade sail is an essential addition. Available in a range of sizes, designs and colours, these fabric canopies are a stylish and functional element. To calculate a price for custom-made sail click here to use our online tool or you can request a copy of our ready-made prices here.


Unleash Your Creativity

If you don’t have a big budget for giving your garden some TLC, then using your creativity and DIY skills are a must. You could get the family painting your fences or even your shed. And keep the paint out and decorate some of your plant pots too. Old China cups can be repurposed into bird feeders and building dens will also encourage your children to use the space too.

Another great tip is that mirrors help to make smaller spaces look bigger as they reflect light. Old furniture could be used as more outdoor seating and creates a unique look.


Encourage Everyone

When you’re planning your garden makeover it’s important to consider how the whole family will use the space as this will help you to get the best use out of finished space. You should also aim to get your family involved with the updates too, this is a great way to encourage them to spend time outdoors working together.

Hopefully, you’ll be feeling more inspired to start on your garden project to help you get even more use out of it. Just remember to keep in mind what your family wants to use the space for when planning your ideas.