Summer is finally here (apparently), which means it's time to get that barbecue out, invite your friends round and make the most of those warmer evenings. If your garden hasn't seen much action since last summer then it's time to get it back into shape. Here are some top tips for sprucing up your garden and enjoying those longer days outside in the sun.
One of the best things about summer is that you can take the whole family outside for meal times. Whether you serve up a delicious salad, or get the BBQ out, it's much nicer to eat outside than it is stuck indoors. If the weather is nice, you'll probably find yourself eating out in the garden as often as possible, as long as you've got the right equipment!
The first thing any outdoor space needs is some kind of table and chairs, no one wants to sit on the floor and eat (unless it’s a picnic of course). Even the smallest of gardens will be able to accommodate a little table and a couple of chairs, which can then be folded or stored away when you've finished.
If you want to make the most out of eating in the garden, then why not invest in a BBQ too? It doesn't need to be a huge, pricey piece of equipment, even a throwaway one will do the trick. Invite your friends and family round, and enjoy the great British weather.
You can turn even the smallest patio garden into something beautiful, just by adding a bit of colour! Of course, one of the best ways to do this is with flowers; from potted petunias to daffodils dotted around. Your local DIY store is bound to have a whole range of different plants during the Summer season, some that can be put straight into a pot or soil, and others which will need growing and nurturing.
Depending on how much time you have to spend on your garden, you may want to opt for something simple and that takes care of itself. Many plants will come with care instructions on them, so pick the ones that suit your amount of free time. If you want to show off your Green Thumbs during Summer then you can opt for plants which take a bit more time and effort.
It doesn't just have to be plants you use to add colour to the garden, there's plenty of other ideas too. Why not paint one wall with a mural, or in a block colour to stand out? If you have children then perhaps ask them to create some pictures that can go up on the fence as well! Those who have enough space may want to add the colour into their garden furniture, or with accessories dotted around. Use your imagination and turn your garden into a colourful paradise.
Making the most of Summer evenings in the garden
The days are longer, warmer and brighter in the Summer, which is why so many people enjoy sitting outside during the evening. You may just want to sit outside and make the most of the warmer weather, or perhaps you're planning a garden party for all of your friends and family. Everyone wants to spend their evenings in the garden, and most of us become frustrated when the sun finally goes down.
Instead of going inside and giving in to the television set, invest in some garden lights to extend your time in the garden. Solar garden lights will soak up all the sun during the day, then automatically switch on at night when you need them. There are hundreds of different designs, depending on your taste, and they make great talking points too. You'll never have to stop your party early or shut down the BBQ if you've got outside lights at night.
Karen is a friend of the earth and loves to spend as much time as possible outdoor. She believes in leaving as little impact on her surroundings as possible when she's enjoying nature and sells eco-friendly appliances on offer at www.worldofsolar.com/solar-garden-lights to help others do the same.