How to Build a More Sociable Garden for Any Time of Year

Posted on Apr 26 2019 - 10:22am by Ella

Having a garden with nothing to use it for is no fun at all. You want to be able to have family and friends sit, relax and chat in the garden for hours and hours. This can be great in the summer, or even in the winter if you do it properly. That means you can get started right away! Build a more sociable garden by using this post:

Create a Sociable Seating Area

If you want a sociable garden, it goes without saying that you should have a sociable seating area. Now, this depends on your budget and just how sociable you want the garden to be. You could include a table for eating lunch, along with a few chairs. You could even go all out and add some decking or patio before adding your chairs. The chairs don’t have to match; in fact it can look better when they don’t match. Just make sure they are comfortable and encourage conversation. In the middle, you could include a small coffee table to lay drinks and food.

Treat The Outdoors Like the Indoors

You may have read the last point and thought it sounded a little like the way you’d arrange a living room indoors. That’s exactly the point! Treat your outdoor seating area just like you would indoors. You could even add extra interest by having mirrors outside. The only limit is your imagination; there’s no reason you should conform.

Add a Gazebo

If you live in an area where the weather can be touch and go, add a gazebo. Softwoods gazebo kits can make the process easy. This way, you don’t need to worry about the wind or rain, simply cosy up under your gazebo!

Include a Fire

Outdoor fires can keep your sociable garden party going into the early hours, and are perfect for the cold whether we’re having lately. The cold can stop even the most riveting of get togethers, so make sure you have a fire outside to keep everybody toasty.

Add a Barbecue

A barbecue is a very sociable bit of kit. People just love crowding round the grill to enjoy burgers, sausages, and corn on the cob on a hot day. However, there’s no need to stick to using your barbecue on hot days; they can be used to make all kinds of food all year round. If you’ve never made a stew or a roast on your barbecue in winter, you’re missing out. The perfect piece of equipment to have in the garden at any time of year!

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Include Elements to Attract Wildlife

There’s no reason you need to stick to being social with only humans, either. Include bird feeders and other things that can attract wildlife. The more wildlife your garden gets, e.g, birds and butterflies, the prettier it will look. In winter you’ll need to use special birdbaths with solar heaters to stop the water from freezing in the cold. You’ll also need a high calorie suet to attract the birds. I love the idea of recycling your Christmas tree in the garden for different kinds of birds to live in!

Now your garden can be more sociable for humans and animals alike at any time of year. Don’t just let your garden ‘die’ when summer is over. Enjoy!

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