When the rain is pouring down and you’re tired from work, heading into the garden for maintenance isn’t top of the list of things to do. Even the most committed gardener has moments when they would just rather shy away from the perils of mother nature and stay indoors.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t garden – there’s plenty of gardener-friendly tasks that don’t involve exposing yourself to the Scottish elements, so why not give one of these a try if the weather is grim but you still want to give your green thumbs some exercise?
#1 – Plant Seeds
Spread a tarpaulin out on the floor to prevent any mess from spilling onto your soft furnishings and you’re good to go. Planting seeds is a time consuming business, but you don’t need to be outside to do it. Put your favourite TV programme on and get going – all you need to do is follow the instructions on the packet.
#2 – Mini Trees
Bonsai and other forms of mini trees can be a lot of fun, especially if you can care for them indoors. If you’re new to cultivating these fascinating trees, then start yourself off by reading articles like 10 Tips For Caring For A Bonsai Tree and see how you get on. It might not be gardening quite as you know it, but it’s as close as you’re going to get without venturing outdoors.
#3 – Plan Planting
When you have flower or vegetable beds – or just a blank canvas waiting for you to begin – then you’ll know that planning what you’re going to plant in them is half the battle. Every plant needs its own space, which can mean you have to do a lot of sums on the fly to ensure everything gets what it needs. By plotting this out beforehand, you will be able to plant and cultivate your beds far better than you have in the past.
If you want to take this to the next level, then it might be worth investigating companion planting. Then, when it comes to actually getting outdoors, all you have to do is follow through on your plans – making the job far easier.
#4 – Herb Growing
Herbs can flourish well indoors, providing they have got access to a sunny windowsill. One great way of improving your garden is to use herbs as natural insect repellents. The herbs can be potted out while indoors, then placed strategically the next time you’re outside. Your plants will thank you for it!
So while the weather isn’t playing ball, there’s plenty of gardening tasks that you can throw yourselves into. The sunshine will return, eventually, but the above should keep you going through many a rainy day.