Turning Your Neglected Garden into Usable Space

If your garden has been neglected and is now more of a jungle than an oasis, don’t despair! With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform it into a beautiful and functional space. Here are some tips to get you started:

 

Build a she-shed

One great way to utilise your neglected garden is to build a she-shed. This is basically a small shed that you can use as your own personal retreat. You can make it as simple or as luxurious as you want, but the important thing is that it’s a space where you can go to relax and escape the outside world. To build a she-shed, you’ll first need to clear out any overgrown vegetation and then level the ground. Once that’s done, you can start putting up your shed. If you’re not handy with tools, there are plenty of pre-fabricated sheds available for purchase. You can then customise it with paint, furniture or even lighting from a site like Neon Mama.

 

Install a patio

Another great way to make use of your neglected garden is to install a patio with plenty of seating. This will give you a great spot for eating outside when the weather is warm. To install a patio, choose an area close to the house. The closer the patio is to the house, the less distance you have to walk from the kitchen with your food. Once you’ve selected a good area, you can start laying down your paving. If you’re not sure how to do this, there are plenty of instructional videos available online. Just be sure to pick pavers that are durable, easy to clean and non-slip.

 

Build a bar area

If you love entertaining, then creating a bar area in your neglected garden is a great way to make use of the space. To create a bar area, you’ll first need a flat area for people to walk, so your patio may be a good location. Once you’ve found a suitable space, you can start setting up your bar. If you don’t have much DIY experience, it’s possible to get pre-fabricated bar, or you can just use a table and some sort of parasol if the bar doesn’t need to be permanent. Just be sure to stock your bar with all of the supplies and ingredients you’ll need and consider whether you want a power supply for chilling drinks.

 

Install a greenhouse

If you’re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, installing a greenhouse is a great way to make use of wasted space. To install a greenhouse, you’ll first need a sunny spot away from where kids play. Sun will help your plants to grow, whilst an area away from children will help to avoid smashed glass. Be aware that a greenhouse can be expensive, but it’s worth it if you have a passion for propagating your own plants. If you’re on a budget, basic greenhouses are available, but luxury greenhouses are also available with full heating and lighting if your budget is able to stretch.

 

Plant a fruit and vegetable patch

Finally, consider planting a fruit and veg patch to get everything you can out of your garden. This is a great way to get fresh produce without having to go to the shop. To plant a fruit and vegetable patch, you’ll need high-quality, well-drained soil, so if your garden naturally has poor soil, you may need to build raised beds. Raised beds can be built with railway sleepers, brick, stone or even corrugated metal, so there are many options to suit the style of your garden. Once established, you’ll have buckets full of produce to use in your kitchen, making it a great investment if you’re trying to save money or help the planet.

 

Conclusion

If you’re not a natural gardener, it can be difficult to know where to start in a neglected garden, but with the tips above, you should be on your way to making better use of your available space. It’s a shame to have all that space if you’re not using it, so get those gardening gloves on and get out there today – you never know, you may be more green-fingered than you realise!

 

 

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