Making the Most of the Garden
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We felt very lucky when we found a house to live in with a big garden. I had always wanted a lot of outdoor space and my boyfriend said that he was going to make the best barbecues in town out there.
Of course, we ended up doing hardly any of the things we planned to do out there, which is probably what happens to most people when they finally get a garden. It just sat there for ages, full of weeds and gathering rubbish. I starting planting some vegetables there but this only takes up a small part of the land, as I don’t need to grow much stuff for my small family.
Last weekend we got a burst of inspiration, though. We were kind of half heartedly tidying up the garden when I saw a little bird flying away from one of the trees. It was the first time I had seen wildlife out there and it made me think that maybe there was some way of turning it into a better place for the birds and animals to visit. We then hit on the following ideas.
It doesn’t look like we will be enjoying any of those world famous barbecues out there anytime soon but at least the other creatures that use the garden can eat out there. One of the easiest ways of attracting wildlife to a garden is by leaving out food within their reach. It is something I had thought about doing before but just never got around to doing. In the end it only took us a couple of hours on the Saturday to make some feeders and hang them up for the birds. It was only a couple of days later that I noticed our first feathered visitors pecking away at the seeds we have left out there for them.
Another fantastic way of getting some creatures to visit your garden is by adding a pond. This is clearly a much bigger job than making some feeders but we got stuck in on the Sunday. Right now, if I look out of the back window I can see a pond shaped hole in the garden. We ran out of steam after digging it but it is now just a question of putting down the liner, adding water and then putting on some nice little touches like rocks and aquatic plants. This is going to be the centre piece of the whole garden and we want to make it as lovely as we can. It will be great to look out on it while I am typing and see some animals walking up to it for a drink.
If these ideas work and bring us a lot of visitors then we already have plans to make it an even more inviting garden for them. I want to replace the fence with a hedge, for example. It is something I have wanted to do since we moved in this is the perfect excuse to do it.