If you happen to have a garden and only think of it as a place where plants grow and some tools rest, think again and keep on reading. The list of what a garden can be turned to with little effort is infinite, so even the smallest garden can serve several – and all equally great – purposes. Here are some of them for you to explore, apply, and enjoy.
By default, in any transformation you might think your garden may undergo there is a big element of creativity involved. Hence, look at your garden as first of all a brilliant outlet for your creativity – what a pleasant exercise this can turn into! Using old newly painted shoes as flower pots? Why not. Planting some veggies in a broken vase placed in the ground? Sure. Putting a table together using glass bottles and some wire? Go for it. Making a mosaic path of broken tea cups? Definitely. Planting some flowers in an old tire? Certainly. Turning your garden into a personalized space is not only a destination, but a journey itself: do not be afraid to stick your hands into the dirt to clear up your head.
In addition to unleashing your creativity as benefit in itself, you can transform your garden – or a part of your garden – into a true refuge for you to enjoy that book you have always wanted to read or a painting you have been meaning to spend some time with. Invest in a strong hammock or knit one yourself, place an easel in the shade, take that second-hand armchair from the street and bring that foot massage bath out, pave a special zone with colourful stones for your yoga matt, and reenergize yourself in ways you truly enjoy. If anything, make some space for yourself to lay down and get a healthy tan.
If a peaceful refuge is too peaceful, or if you have more space in your garden, you can easily make sure it has everything for a crazy party with your friends. Just add a BBQ grill, some more old furniture to accommodate your guests, use the same hammocks you already have, hang some lanterns made of painted glass jars around, get a hand-painted bucket of ice cubes for your drinks and enjoy the party atmosphere. Also, if you want to give your garden an even more bohemian and cosier look, try this: find an old bathtub, paint it in whatever way you want, cut it in half, throw some decorative pillows on top and you will have two crazy-looking armchairs. Now, all you need is your friends!
Let the summer begin!
It is definitely worth putting in some time and effort to create a garden that accommodates not only your stomach, but also your creative, mental, physical, spiritual, and social needs. Books, coffee, naps, yoga, friends – everything seems to be more enjoyable when it is outdoors. Hence, use your garden to the fullest and start living to the fullest, too!