If you have the luxury of owning a backyard space during this Covid-19 lockdown, then consider yourself lucky.
Before the pandemic, most of us lived very busy lives - often too busy to look after our gardens. However, this lockdown has slowed our lives to a halt and mostly confined in our homes.
Suddenly, we’re all finding ourselves with more time, and not enough things to do. That’s why now would be a great time to take this opportunity and make the best of your garden space.
Now what exactly can you do there? Well, keep reading to find out. You’d be surprised at how much you’ve been missing out on!
#1. Start Feeding Birds
The world may be on shutdown mode, but nature sure isn’t. Once you start spending time in your garden, you’ll notice some little visitors from mother nature like birds!. There’s no better time than now to make friends with these little critters.
You can take this opportunity to set up a bird feeder. This will serve as a good DIY project. Once you have built your own bird feeder, add a birdbath and you will be all set to entertain the birds. Add in some bird seeds and water for the new friends. This doesn’t have to be a complex project – just do your research and you’ll find the best way to approach it.
Feeding birds brings you a whole other level of satisfaction and appreciation for nature. The birds chirping and going about their normal day will bring you a sense of calm and boost your wellbeing. Once the lockdown ends, you’ll have made a bunch of winged friends as well!
#2. Use Your Garden for Physical Activity
I know exercise is not what comes to mind when thinking of things to do in a lockdown. But we’re all turning into couch potatoes, and you definitely want some physical activity to improve your mood and boost your immune system.
Perhaps some of you are already doing this at home. So, why not take it to the garden? A brisk walk around your yard, no matter how small, will leave you feeling refreshed. And doing your yoga or aerobic exercise in nature will give you far more benefits than doing these activities indoors.
Also, if you can’t get yourself to follow a set routine for exercise, just the usual gardening work is a great form of physical activity as well. It will keep your muscles moving, and give you the mental and physical stimulation you need.
#3. Catch Up on Those Gardening Tasks
The pandemic lockdown happens to be coinciding with seasons changing. There are plenty of spring gardening chores on your to-do list. Under normal circumstances, you would have to wait for weekends and days off to get them done. Now you have the luxury of time throughout the week to tackle these tasks. So, get started on setting up that long-awaited
composting system and washing those plant pots.
This is also a good time to catch up on weeding. Doing this task manually is not easy, but it’s the best way to make sure you’re really getting rid of the culprits without using any harmful chemicals. Mowing the garden needs to be a top priority as well. Do your research to find out the best options in
You can also catch up on pruning and trimming your bushes and branches to keep your garden ready for the next growing season. It’s also the ideal time to top-dress your garden before you begin planting for spring.
#4. Get Planting
Now is a good time to grow your green thumb. Consider growing your own vegetables during this lockdown. Trust me, this is a skill that will pay off even after this whole pandemic is over.
This is the perfect season for planting carrots, lettuce, onions, spinach turnips, and plenty of other vegetables. You could also try your hand at growing herbs like chives, mint, rosemary, and cilantro.
You’ll see fast results for herbs, with them taking not more than a week to grow. And then you’ll have a wonderful array of flavors from your homegrown herbs to add to your meals.
Growing flowers like fuchsias and petunias, as well as plants like coleus with vibrant colored leaves, are a good idea as well. You’ll be able to enjoy a vibrant garden, and feel pride in all your hard work. Not to mention, it will definitely cheer you up in these gloomy times.
#5. Get Acquainted with the Garden Bugs
If you’re looking for a new hobby during this lockdown, why not consider delving into the world of bugs? And there’s no better place to do this, than looking at your own garden!
You can follow the path of the citizen scientist and taken part in fun activities like bug hunts. This is a particularly fun and educational way of passing time for kids, as well as adults. By the end of this shutdown, you’ll become a bug expert, perhaps even discovering a rare species in your own backyard.
Also, being able to identify the various bugs in your garden, comes with other benefits. You’ll be able to distinguish the pests that are ruining your plants and take action accordingly. So, this hobby is a win-win.
#6. Set up Some Fun Garden Events
If you haven’t really been making use of your backyard all this time, now is the time to give it some attention. Think of ways you can redesign in. Perhaps design an outdoor living space.
If you have kids, set up a few toys in the garden and other activities. This could be an inflatable pool, a trampoline or even just a DIY obstacle race. The games to be played in your garden are endless – and make for a great bonding experience.
You could also consider setting up a tent and going camping in your backyard. As long as you know your outdoor space is not shared with anyone, and you’re maintaining social distance from others- all these fun activities should be okay.
#7. Slow Down and Connect with Nature
Last but not least, simply enjoy the ambience of your garden. It’s not every day that you can sit idle and breathe in fresh air, or really look at the greenery that surrounds you. Spending a few hours in nature will do wonders for your mental health, and really let you appreciate the blessings that Mother Earth has to offer.
Use this time to sit back and take a break from your daily hectic routines. Step aside from the material world and consider getting into meditation as well. When you meditate in nature, it can be very peaceful for your mind and soul.
After going through this list, I’m pretty sure you must be wondering why you haven’t thought of these activities before. Well, it’s never too late to start! Put the endless lockdown time to some good use, and enjoy your backyard to your heart’s content!
A seasoned camper and hiker, there is nothing he doesn’t know about the Great Outdoors. Hiking alone, with friends, or even little ones, he’s done it all. A trained survivalist, he gives Bear Grylls a run for his money.