Having a garden is fantastic. It’s your own little slice of nature right on your back doorstep.
But sometimes it can feel like a constant chore. The grass needs cutting, shrubs could use a prune and weeds are popping up everywhere. Now, gardening jobs are important because they help you keep on top of the plants and stop them turning wild.
But gardens are meant to be fun too! So here’s 101 ideas for you to do in the garden during the year. Some are practical, some are fun and some are plain silly. All of them should get you outside and enjoying the garden.
Cut flowers and leafy stems to display indoors Reuse household items in the garden, like tins and ceramic pots as planters Grow nectar-rich flowers to feed bees and butterflies Put up a garden statue – even a small one makes a great focal point Feed the birds (and put out fresh water for drinking and bathing) Make an insect hotel with this guide Have a snowball fight Organise the shed and clear it out Host a BBQ party Grow veg in pots – radishes and chillies are ideal Get birdwatching! Join the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch Paint your front door Put in a new climbing plant to cover unsightly walls or fences Grow herbs Freeze fruit, herbs and edible flowers in ice cube trays for decorative drinks Play giant jenga on the lawn Plant spring bulbs Build an obstacle course Bake lavender biscuits with fresh or dried flowers Plant a tree Play golf Sow wildflowers Pick herbs to make herbal tea – mint and chamomile are great Install a hedgehog highway by making a hole in the bottom of your fence (13cm x 13cm) Sharpen the blades on your tools Host a street party and invite your neighbours round for tea, cake and plant chat Put in some new solar lights Plant a stunning hanging basket Hang streamers, decorations and candle holders from tree branches Collect seeds from your favourite plants Put in a little sand pit (great for kids and adults!) Move any plants that aren’t growing well to a new home Add an arch and grow beautiful climbers over it Sit out by candlelight on a night Put up sun loungers or deck chairs Add a water feature – even a dish of water will do Build a scarecrow Grow fruit like apples and strawberries and eat them straight from the tree Plant a rose bush – guide here Make garden art using prints and stamps, and stick down foliage and flowers Play Frisbee Hold an Easter egg hunt Have a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower Customise terracotta pots with outdoor paint – make your own designs! Set up a scavenger hunt with the children Plant a seasonal container and change the plants every season Pick edible flowers to decorate cakes and drinks Have a water fight Make butterfly feeders with sugar water and scouring pads in a Tupperware box Clean the lawnmower blades and oil them Have a picnic on your lawn Start a new garden game like boules or croquet Paint your woodwork to refresh sheds, fences and gazebos Put window boxes up and grow flowers you can admire from inside the house Fill the paddling pool and splash about (or just dip your feet in) Mulch around flower beds to improve soil and suppress weeds Put up a teepee – stand bamboo canes in a pyramid and drape them with sheets Grow cress heads on the windowsill by sowing seeds in egg shells and drawing on faces Plant a fairy garden Grow a new type of vegetable Take cuttings to make more plants for free Start a compost heap – get the guide here Decorate in summer evenings with solar-powered fairy lights Make perfume by heating water with scented petals like roses Put up a bird table or bird bath where you can see it from indoors Host a seed swap party Light a bonfire to burn garden waste Press flowers Take bark rubbings Make fat balls for birds in winter and spring with this no-cook recipe Personalise your wellies Collect interesting leaves Put up summery bunting around sheds, gazebos, arches or even your house windows Grow trailing strawberries in a hanging basket Build a den or fort Make jam jar candles with tea lights Force bulbs for growing indoors in winter Get kids involved in a nature trail looking for bugs, plants and wildlife Host a coffee morning and cake sale to raise money for charity (try MacMillan Cancer Care’s coffee morning) Make a wildlife corner with log piles, insect houses and hedgehog shelters Cook something different on the BBQ like sweet potatoes in foil Sit out by firelight on an evening with a fire pit Draw, paint or photograph your garden flowers Plant a cocktail window box with strawberries, mint and edible flowers Make candleholders out of recycled tin cans by drilling holes in a pattern Plant new winter colour with evergreens Grow scented flowers like lavender and sweet peas Build a sundial Make or buy new cushions for your patio furniture – look for weatherproof if you can Toast marshmallows over an open fire Throw a garden cocktail party with herbal-infused drinks Spend a sunny Sunday morning reading the paper on the patio Put in a second seating area like a bench or bistro set Host a garden treasure hunt, hiding objects around Make a seasonal wreath with leaves, twigs, pine cones and seed heads String fairy lights or bunting from the parasol Put down beer traps to catch pesky slugs Take cuttings and swap them with friends and neighbours to get new plants for free Grow something new and wacky! Red sunflowers are a great place to start Cut flowers and hang them to dry – lavender and hydrangea are ideal Sit out at night with the lights off and stargaze. You need a dark, clear night with no moon for the best viewing. Keep an eye out for the famous Perseid meteor shower around August 12 too What do you think? Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comments below.