Making the Most of A Large Outdoor Space
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A home with a lot of outdoor space is a wonderful thing. And I’ve been increasingly grateful for our ‘war garden’, here at home.
Our house was built in 1936 and it was the done thing back then to have a long garden to grow food.
By having a large space, yes, it’s more to take care of and more upkeep, but it’s wonderful to have opportunities to be outside and take advantage of things you couldn’t do if you’re without a garden.
Whatever type of space you have, there are a lot of things you could be doing to make the most of what you have!
Make it more eco-friendly
There are many things you can do to support nature and the environment. Some of the things you can do to create an eco-friendly outdoor space include putting a stop to using toxic manmade chemicals, inviting biodiversity, having a pond, feeding birds and growing plants and flowers that support beneficial insects like bees. With all of that space, you’ve got a great opportunity to do some good for the environment.
Bring in some animals
Having a large outdoor space allows you to have animals you couldn’t have in a smaller property. We have rabbits, chickens and cats. But I have my eye on something bigger. I’d love a rescue donkey or to have a goat some day! Or why not bring some Charnwood Forest Alpacas home? They’re beautiful, interesting and they can help maintain your land, while their wool can also come in handy to either sell or make products from. Having animals to care for around your home will keep you busy, and it will help your children learn some responsibility too. Someone in our village keeps alpacas and they are the cutest things – they make money by letting people trek with them!
Grow your own fruit and vegetables
One thing that people can do to support more sustainable living is to grow their own produce. If you’ve got unused land, you could be using it to grow different fruit, vegetables and herbs to use in your cooking, or to sell on to people in the local area. There are some great cost-effective vegetables you can grow that will help you save money, while helping to keep your carbon footprint down too. This year I’m growing potatoes, tomatoes, onions, leeks, beetroot, spinach and courgettes. And I’ve planted a couple of apple trees.
Let others enjoy it
With land to spare, you could open it up to others to let them enjoy it. From opening a camping spot to hiring out some land for weddings, etc., there are all kinds of things you can do with your space. If you’re interested in making a profit, it’s worth checking out some creative ways of making money with your land and seeing if any of them appeal to you. Alternatively, opening up your land for others to walk along can also be a positive thing, helping people nearby explore more of their local countryside. Or, if it’s too much to manage, let others use it to grow produce – they can ‘pay’ you in food. If you’re a budding gardener, why not open up your garden for charity? Our neighbour does this and raises well over £2000 per year.
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