Fun ways to make more use of your garden over autumn and winter

A green wheelbarrow is sitting on a pile of leaves in a winter garden.

The average garden sees the most use over the summer months, with garden parties, sunbathing and blooming flowers all benefitting from the swathes of sunshine and warmth. However, once summer has passed the garden can become a barren space as trees, shrubs and plants start to change colour and leaves begin to fall. Furthermore, decreasing temperatures and sunlight mean that many people get less use out of their garden spaces over the winter months, and many gardens are neglected until the spring. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Let’s explore a few ways to make better use of your garden over the autumn and winter months.

Plant a winter vegetable patch

You may assume that nothing grows in winter, but you’d be surprised by how much you can still do in your garden over the cold season. Winter vegetables like parsnips, sprouts, broccoli, carrots and onions can all happily grow in the colder months, some needing more protection than others. If you want to get serious about your vegetable patch, a polytunnel can provide protection from the extreme winter conditions and give your vegetables a better environment in which to grow. Gardening like this can be a good bonding experience for all the family, or provide some much needed quiet time – either way, you’ll get more use and enjoyment out of your garden over the winter months.

A man is cultivating vegetables in a winter garden greenhouse.

Set up for wildlife watching

During the summer months, many people wouldn’t be too happy with wildlife in their garden or living spaces. But come winter, why not make your garden into a wildlife watching sanctuary? Perhaps you could set up a little bird-watching den or install some wildlife cameras to catch some nocturnal animals in your garden. You could even make and install a bird or squirrel feeder and try to attract some regular visitors. You might be surprised what animals venture into your garden, so keep your eyes peeled.

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A red fox is standing on top of a log in a winter garden.

Host a winter garden party

Summer garden parties are all the rage, but winter gatherings are less common. You can jazz up your garden with outdoor lights, patio heaters and even a hot tub to host friends and family over the colder months. If you want to go all out, why not build a fire pit and place some benches or seating around it to keep everyone warm and maybe toast a few marshmallows. Alternatively, set up a tipi around the fire but make sure the tent is well ventilated and isn’t a safety hazard.

A group of people sitting around a fire pit in a winter garden.

These are just a few ways that you may look to get more use out of your garden space over the autumn and winter. There may be less daylight, warmth and greenery to enjoy, but a little creativity will go a long way to making some unforgettable memories. How will you make use of your garden after summer has finished?

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