Helpful tips for enjoying nature and outdoor space - even if you don't have a garden

 

Being outside is the perfect way to improve our sense of wellbeing, particularly as we live through the challenge of lockdown and social isolation. Even the smallest of spaces can help to lift our mood through these difficult times. Today's update includes some helpful tips on how you can make the most of being outside, even in the tiniest of spaces, how you can involve children and also looks at options for those of us who don't have any outside space.

 

10 ways to garden during lockdown

Gardening for kids

Building a bug hotel

Ideas for a tiny garden

Enjoying wildlife even if you don't have a garden

 

10 ways to garden during lockdown 

 

Gardeners' World has produced a really useful guide on how to garden during lockdown and includes ten jobs you can get on with right now in the garden as well as a useful garden forum where you can access moral support, practical advice and inspiration. Or you can watch their short no fuss videos on gardening on subjects like; feeding plants in spring, sharpening garden tools, planting shrubs and pruning. Click HERE to go to their website.  

 

Gardening for Kids

 

Gardeners' World also has a section on their website featuring ten ideas for getting children involved in gardening. Some are perfect for those who only have small spaces and limited budgets, but give the immediate colour, results and wow factor to appeal to kids. The projects you can do with your children are as follows:  

 

  • Potting up colourful containers 
  • Making a fairy garden
  • Building your own twig teepee
  • Making a bug box
  • Collecting seeds
  • Creating a glass jar terrarium
  • Growing micro greens
  • Creating a succulent plant display
  • Making a pond in a pot
  • Making a grass bucket seat

 

Click HERE to go to their website. 

 

Building a bug hotel

 

Another way you can get children involved and stimulate their interest and knowledge of gardening and the relationship between their garden and wildlife is to make a bug hotel. What could be better than introducing them to the world of mini beasts!

 

The Wildlife Trust produces child friendly guidance on building your very own bug hotel in your back garden. Click on the image below to dowload the plan or visit their website by clicking HERE.     

 

Ideas for a tiny garden

 

Ideal Home has produced a handy guide on how to make the most of a tiny garden. Click HERE to find out more.

 

Enjoying wildlife even if you don't have a garden 

 

With the lockdown those of us who don't have a garden or may be shielding and not going out can reaally miss out on outdoor space and nature. These days we can access a whole new world outside our window if we have access to the internet. So why not go to the Wildlife Trusts' website where you can watch Badgers, Barn Owls, Bats and Puffins and a whole host of other wildlife. Click HERE to visit their website.

 

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