As the cold of winter lingers on in the UK (likely not to be lifted for several months yet), there are all kinds of ways in which the garden landscape becomes increasingly less hospitable than in spring or summer. Many trees obviously lose their leaves, plants die back for the winter and some are damaged permanently by frost. Certain birds migrate, others appear more scarcely, small mammals tend to go into hibernation, and things become very quiet and still outdoors on the whole.
Yet, even if nature is withdrawing for the winter and becoming far less active, you as a homeowner don’t necessarily need to say goodbye to your garden for whole months at a time.
Aside from the occasional bits of winter maintenance that you may to do on your plants, there is another way that you can keep using your garden space productively until the spring thaw brings fresh life back to the great outdoors.
That “other way” is by taking advantage of all of the benefits that come from setting up some carefully selected garden buildings, on your property. A nursery or greenhouse will allow you to remain an active gardener even if things out in the open are a bit too inhospitable for tending to a vegetable garden or trying to grow some fresh herbs.
A shed – chosen to the right specifications – can become almost anything that you want it to be. You can use it as a den away from the main house, as your personal library or writing station (like much beloved kid’s author, Roald Dahl was known to do), as an area for entertaining guests, as a private cinema, etc. The list goes on and on as far as your imagination can take it.
Of course, certain buildings are specifically built for a certain, distinct, purpose. If you’re a hobby builder and don’t want to try and ply your craft inside your house (no one wants a ruined living room), and can’t do it “out in the open”, then buying a garden workshop might be the perfect solution for all of your woes.
The benefits of having a special space for your job, hobby, or preferred past-time are enormous and range from the fact that you can completely immerse yourself in what you’re doing without any distractions (an extremely important point by itself) to the fact that you reduce indoor clutter, and create a greater sense of life and presence in the garden itself.
After all, one of the key reasons why gardens are so popular in and of themselves, is that they allow people to get out of the house for a little while (even if they’re not going very far) and avoid sitting around in the same environment all the time, surrounded, often, by reminders of work, and little daily stresses.
It makes sense, then, that this need to “be out of the house” is just as important, if not more important, in winter. So while your yard may be frozen over, you can still give yourself the gift of a dedicated space from garden building direct in order to relax and forget your worries.