Hello My Lovelies, hope everyone is well 😊.
I’m so glad that it is finally starting to warm up and we are seeing some nice weather. I have to admit, I have been guilty of isolating myself over winter and not really venturing outdoors unless absolutely necessary. As a result, I am suffering from low Vitamin D even though I take a Vitamin D supplement. I have made a vow to spend more time outdoors this spring and summer, soak up the sun’s rays, Vitamin D, endorphins and most importantly spend time with the kiddies outdoors. They love being outdoors on the trampoline and the swings in the beautiful weather. As part of my new foray into creativity, I’m planning on spending quite a bit of time in the garden too and I have been reading and googling everything I can get my hands on in preparation for my ‘Green Thumb’.
With the imminent arrival of summer and the warmer temperatures promising to be in full swing very soon, it means there a few things I must do first to get organised. Some things are a given, such as getting my summer wardrobe sorted so that I’ve got the right clothes handy for the season (I usually pack away my summer clothes in winter to free up wardrobe room and vice versa), I also need to get into the kids wardrobes and do the same and seeing as school holidays are just around the corner, I should also think about planning some road trips, beach days, and getting ready for the holidays.
One thing that I really want to focus on is my garden and outside space. In summer, the lawn and plants grow at a much faster rate than they do at other times of year, as well as flowers and plants being in full bloom. I know that myself and my family will want to spend plenty of time outdoors in the summer sun, but having a space that is relatively low-maintenance means we can enjoy the weather and being outside, without having to be constantly gardening or pulling weeds.
It may be the peak-season, meaning that there are several things that can be done to keep on top of your outside space, as well as help you to get your autumnal gardening off to a good start when the time comes in a few months. You could do it little by little, or perhaps you could spend a weekend doing the big jobs, and even look to hire some cheap skip bins to fill with waste. That’s the way we usually do things. Have a huge working bee one weekend to clean up after winter, weed, cut back plants, re-mulch and just make the garden a space that we can all enjoy, we are always exhausted afterwards but the hard work is well worth the effort.
So without further ado, here are some of the things that you can do to make sure that your garden or outdoor space is taken care of this summer.
Moving and Planting
Spring isn’t the only time to get planting. In fact, if you get planting and pruning at this time of year, it can mean that by next spring, what you have planted is all ready to go. It can mean some extra time out of the plants as well. So don’t just think that spring is for planting. Get pruning, get planting, and moving things around into new planters. If there is something that you want to keep looking good over the summer, then there are some plants that are good to have out there in summer. Bright florals and wildflowers not only look good, but they can be great additions to help bees and insects to your garden too.
When you think about the seasons, spring is the time when things flower. But as a result, it is also when nature helps more plants to flower as seeds are spread and the plants do their thing. But if your garden is full of weeds and not looking good, it can be bad for the plants for a number of reasons. For starters, it can mean that the seeds and new flowers will find it harder to be planted. And even if they do, they will have a lot to compete with if the garden is full of weeds. So, while it is peak-season for the things in your garden to be growing, it can be a good time to get weeding; keep on top of it and it is likely that less will come back. Then it sets you up right for the next season and keeps the space looking good throughout the summer.
Clear the Clutter
Summer is the time that you want to be outdoors and enjoy the warmer temperatures. We like to sit outside to eat our dinner on warm nights. Due to our rural location, we need to be very careful of snakes and clutter is a very big No No. This includes boxes, unused or old planters, unused kids toys and large garden tools lying around. It is a good idea to clear your outside space of any clutter or leftover bits and pieces, basically the things that you don’t need to use often. If you have some space to store it all, then now is the time to put these things away; it will protect them and prolong their life in the long term. The sun can also discolour things like chairs and cushions (and they are a great place for spiders to hide!!), so when they’re not needed, pack them back in the shed or garage. Plus, there can be things outside like hose pipes for example, that can get damaged and cracked in the heat. Your best bet is to store things that are not being used daily or weekly so they don’t get ruined or damaged, and just bring them out when you want to use them.
There are a few other things that you can be doing too:
- Remove any rust on garden tools or implements, as rust can lead to damage; white vinegar is a good way to do this easily, and it gives them a great clean at the same time
- Sanding down and repairing wooden parts of garden tools and equipment can be a good way to look after them; you could even apply some oil (like linseed or olive) to the wooden handles of things like forks or trowels. It will help to make them good look good and also prolong their life
Bring the Outside In
There may be some plants that you have out in the garden that aren’t going to do well outdoors in the summer heat. It can be a great addition to your existing décor to bring them inside and help merge your inside and outside area into one whilst making the house look bright and colourful and prolonging the plant’s life. Just make sure that they have had a good ‘debug’ before bringing them in (and they may need to be put into a new house-friendly planter).
Brighten Things Up
Naturally in summer, the garden or outdoor space is going to be looking much brighter than normal. The flowers will be blooming and grass will be looking a nice lush green. If you grow vegetables or fruit, then they will also be adding pops of colour out there. But if you want to embrace the summer sun and go all out, you can do several things to brighten up your yard, regardless of how much space you have. You could add a bench, or perhaps some bright and durable planters. You could even paint some wooden fences or lattices with bright colours. It can help to make the garden more inviting and adds some more visual interest for the summer season.
Some string lights can look great roped up around fencing, especially with Christmas just around the corner. But there are also plenty of solar panel lights that could be dotted around, and even hung in the trees, that will light automatically when the darkness comes. We have a tree that has fairy lights and the kids absolutely love it.
Do you have an outdoor space or a yard or garden that needs to be maintained over summer? It would be great to hear what your plans are over the season, especially for your home, both indoors and outdoors. I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to hear your feedback.