Lockdown Garden Design Tips
Making The Most of Your Garden During Lockdown
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ll be well aware of the novel coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe; closing schools, offices, bars and restaurants for the last six weeks and forcing us to spend more time in our homes than ever before.
With millions of us now living, eating, sleeping, working and quite frankly, everything from home, making the most of our outside space has never seemed more pertinent. Long gone are the days of hiking through national parks and paddling at the beach; this year we Brits will be spending our summer holidays AT HOME.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, now is the ideal time to complete that long-postponed garden project and finally, start making the most out of your outside space! No matter how big or small your garden, simple additions and changes can make a huge difference to the look, feel and functionality of your space.
There have been numerous scientific studies linking gardening to better health and well being, with experts across the globe claiming that gardening can relieve stress and anxiety, fight the symptoms of depression and even lower blood pressure - just what some of us need in these uncertain times!
Fruit & Veg
While the apocalypse-style panic buying we saw in March may have subsided, planning ahead for food shortages is never a bad idea. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, May and June are the ideal times to plant:
- Alpine strawberry seedlings and outdoor melon plants
- Runner beans, squash and cucumbers
- Sweetcorn, cauliflower and purple sprouting broccoli
- Celery, beetroot, radishes and lettuce
- Courgettes, marrows and pumpkins
Those without a garden needn’t worry; strawberries, beans, radishes, beetroot and lettuce all make great container crops and can be grown in pots on balconies, windowsills or in yards.
Plants & Flowers
Not only are they an attractive addition to any home, but surrounding oneself with plants and flowers has also been proven to improve mood!
Even those without a traditional garden can add some life and a splash of colour to their space with plants and flowers. According to Gardeners World, May and June are the perfect time to plant:
- Scabious - great for attracting butterflies!
In smaller gardens, hanging baskets provide an efficient way to add a splash of colour to your garden without using up valuable space. Vertical gardens are also a great way to add life to a smaller space on a budget!
Garden Furniture, Features & Accessories
While a cocktail by the pool is out of the question, we still need to make time and space to relax at home this summer. Before you begin, think about how you want your garden to look and function, regardless of how little space you have available, the right furniture and accessories can transform your garden.
Furniture & Accessories
With the days drawing out, and lockdown showing no signs of easing, now is the right time to start enjoying your garden. Tricks of the eye are a great way to create the illusion of space in smaller gardens; clever accessories like mirrors and strategically placed plants can make small gardens appear much larger, and add depth.
Pick furniture that suits your garden; maximise space by creating tops for raised beds to use them as benches! Folding deck chairs are also the perfect space-saving solution for yards and balconies!
Outdoor Heating & Cooking
After what seemed like a neverending winter, the days are, thankfully, getting longer, and BBQ season is well and truly here. An Indian Fire Bowl is a versatile alternative to a traditional BBQ, doubling as a firepit to keep you warm through those cold summer evenings!
The perfect way to add a touch of rustic charm to your garden or yard, our collection of recycled fire bowls come in a selection of sizes and styles and are available to buy with a range of covers, tops and accessories.For cooking tips, see our Firebowl BBQ Guide.
Their little minds unable to comprehend the gravity of the pandemic, our children are feeling the impact of the pandemic, perhaps even more so more than us adults. Schools are closed, routines are disrupted and they’re missing their friends - finding the right garden toys can not only help keep your child stimulated throughout this extended period of lockdown, but provide them with an alternative to the PE lessons they would usually receive in school.
While a balcony isn’t the ideal place for your child to learn how to ride a bike, there are still plenty of stimulating toys suitable for use in smaller spaces. Small paddling pools and sandpits can be used on balconies and a yard is an ideal place for hopscotch or a game of football. If you’re fortunate enough to have a larger garden, a trampoline is not only a fun toy but a great form of exercise!
On sunnier days, taking homeschooling outdoors can be a great way of keeping your children engaged.
Gardens with plants, flowers and foliage will be home to thousands of fascinating insects, many different species of birds and other wildlife; keep up with science lessons by identifying bugs, watching caterpillars grow and planting seeds!
As we head back into normality with the summer sun just around the corner, we have analysed Tripadvisor review data to provide an expert guide on the top 30 UK gardens you and your family must visit this summer!
Need some help finding the perfect gift for your friends and family?
With Christmas on its way, we have put together a Christmas Gift Guide full of the perfect gift ideas for your loved ones. This year Indian Fire Bowls have been popular and loved by our customers, making them the ideal gift this year.
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean that you have to pack up your gardening equipment for the year. There are a whole host of different flowers and plants that you can start to sow right now, in order to create a wonderful winter wonderland in your own backyard. Click here to learn more...
Need some help finding the perfect gift or just want to treat yourself this Christmas?
Our recycled fire bowls are a unique gift idea and we have some amazing discounts and offers just for you this festive season. Not only are we offering 20% off and Free UK delivery, we are also giving away some fantastic free gifts when you spend over £60, £180 and £350 on your order.
We have partnered with The Spicery who offer recipe boxes from around the world with the freshest, most flavoursome and fragrant spices. We have been lucky enough to offer you a chance to WIN one of three BBQ Indian explorer recipe boxes. This box contains a selection of traditional Indian spices for yummy Indian dishes, perfect for cooking on your Indian Fire Bowl. For your chance to win a bbq Indian explorer recipe box, go to our Facebook and please like our page and for an additional entry, also share this post 🔥🎉 Competition closes 28.10.19 at 12:00am. Winners will be contacted by 30.10.19 via Facebook.
Gardening can do wonders for your mental health. Stats from the infographic show that doing gardening improves self-esteem by 30%. Who would've thought of that? It's amazing what being outdoors in a therapeutic environment can do for your health. But gardening specifically gives you a sense of achievement, responsibility, purpose and meaning.
Your garden is an extension onto your home and we’ve been lucky enough to be graced with a beautiful summer. We put time into maintaining and improving our gardens but it’s often not until you have people come around to see your beautiful garden, you realise it’s not the idyllic social space. We’ve gone through our favourite ways to create a sociable garden that your guests will love hanging out in.
For many of us, the start of the year brings with it new ideas, plans and resolutions. Often topping that list is to finally re-do the garden. Whether this means you want to invest in some new garden furniture, like a rustic set of table and chairs or an authentic fire bowl to stay warm, or just finally get around to putting in some new plants, this is the year to do it. We are seeing some wonderfully fascinating trends this year, from repurposed vintage furniture to modern, Scandinavian design.
We are running a competition in conjunction with BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, for a chance to win a fantastic fire bowl package worth over £350 enter here
Everyone at the Indian Fire Bowl company would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Also just to let you know that our offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year period from 22nd December 2016 until 4th January 2017. All orders, emails and contact forms sent between these dates will be despatched or responded too after 3rd January 2017
With the nights starting to draw in and Summer becoming a distant memory, the season of fireworks and bonfires is upon us. This time of year is perfect for spending long evenings outside with friends and family, dressed in coats and scarves and keeping warm with steaming mugs of hot cocoa.
Indian Fire Bowls can enhance celebrations, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to help make your Halloween scarily good!