In this time of uncertainty, we’re looking for ways to make the most out of our days at home. The great news, spring is here and the beautiful weather is beckoning us to step outside and get inspired by the amazing things mother nature has created while we’ve been indoors watching the latest COVID-19 numbers increase. That’s depressing. But we should take advantage of our time at home to spends some time outdoors and implement something that will keep us inspired and motivated all summer and into the fall. A vegetable garden can be so rewarding and emotionally satisfying. Spending time outside is vital to our existence and now we can make the best of it by doing something that can bring us joy and add some rewards with fresh foods right from our very own garden. It should be no surprise that the exterior spaces of one’s home are as vital to the continued well-being of any homeowner as the interior of their home. While we’re all taking the proper precautions by staying apart as much as possible, we can still take steps to make the most out of each and every one of our living spaces, exterior spaces included.
Get Outside and Utilize a Garden
Plants and fresh produce may be the last thing on your mind, but gardening is an excellent way to make use out of your outdoor spaces, relieve stress, and work with your hands. Not only can planting a garden, or maintaining a produce patch bring added value to your emotional well-being, it’s an opportunity to widen the breadth of your home. After all, our homes don’t simply stop because we walk out the back door. When homeowners work to make outdoor spaces a true extension of their interiors, that’s when they’ll find synergy.
Design Indoors and Out
Take a minute to design your garden space in your head and on paper. Just as we would with an interior, an exterior space should be carefully designed to work with your lifestyle and the strengths of your space. Start by observing your front and back yards while you are home. Take note of where the sunlight hits these areas throughout the day. Is there considerable shade or endless amounts of light? Your answer will affect where and what you decide to grow.
Make Gardening Simple
Keep in mind that although gardening of any kind is a genuine stress reliever, it does still take work. Make it easier on yourself by designing a layout that has ease of accessibility and the use of various tools in mind. Make sure that planting, watering, weeding, and the like are simple enough to do on a daily basis. This is especially important if you’re making use of your time by building and utilizing raised planting beds. Raised planting beds are great for those of us who are getting up in age.
Consider What You Plant
If you’re new to gardening or growing produce, keep your first spring and summer simple by planting varieties that are hardier than most. If you’re not a proclaimed green-thumb, utilizing hard to kill plants and produce makes your first season less discouraging, as well as time, consuming. Take into consideration when you want fresh produce. Certain, easy to maintain and “come in handy” fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes, should be planted in the ground once your zones frost dates have completely passed. Not sure when that is? Thankfully, a quick Google search will help you discover everything from easy to grow plants and produce in your area, ground hardness, and frost dates.
Let the Experts Help
It can be daunting to go it alone! Although there are times that design inspiration comes about immediately, that’s not always the case. If you need help facilitating great design inside your home and out, we can still help. We’re taking precautions (link to EURO COVID-19 GUIDELINES) to keep our team and our clients safe, but we’re still committed to helping you change your living environment through design. Whether it’s a phone consultation or scheduled on-location “distance” meeting, we can help make your interiors and exteriors an extension of yourself.