Summer is the time for enjoying your outdoor space. Relaxing with a good book, enjoying drinks with friends on the patio, having a family BBQ and playing garden games with children are just some of the ways to enjoy your garden over the summer months.

However, you can also help wildlife to thrive in your garden and even grow your own fruit and vegetables, both of which play a part in helping the environment and can be fun to do.

Looking after wildlife

Whatever the size of your garden, you can do small things to make a big impact for wildlife, providing food and shelter that insects, birds and small mammals need.

Surrounded by lovely green open space and countryside, our homes are perfectly located to help cultivate and enjoy the delights of local wildlife. Below are some tips for you to try in your garden:

  • Consider installing a bird box for new families to make their home. Make sure you place it high up in a sheltered area, and don’t forget to nurture your feathered friends with bird feeders and maybe even a bird bath.
  • When choosing flowers and plants, grow as many varieties as possible to provide colour, which is a good source of food and pollen for bees.
  • Consider being more relaxed in your gardening. Mowing the grass less often will allow wildlife like daises to flower, which can boost nectar production.
  • Don’t be so quick to pull up those weeds. Plants like nettles feed insects such as butterflies.

Growing your own

Growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs is a great way to be kinder to the planet, save money and learn a new skill. 

Our homes offer lots of outdoor space with enough room for a vegetable plot and some of our homes even have allotments.

According to Gardeners’ World, top advice to follow when growing your own fruit and veggies includes: 

  • Starting small – huge allotments of luscious leafy greens are always impressive, but it can be too much to take on when starting from scratch. It’s a good idea to start with one small patch, focusing on one or two of your favourite vegetables to get the hang of it before expanding your plot.
  • Learn how often your plants need water and food – water your plants weekly at the roots rather than giving them a little bit of water every day. Feeding is also important, and plants should be fed every fortnight during spring and summer.
  • Grow herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender and sage together as it can help to keep insects from eating them.
  • Get composting – composting kitchen and garden waste is good for the environment, wildlife, your purse and your garden – so that’s a lot of wins! Let the waste break down for a year and then use it as a mulch around the base of plants in your vegetable patch.

If the summer has made you think about a fresh start and a move to your dream home, take a look at what we have to offer.

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