Summer is here and the delicious weather is the perfect excuse to take your dates outside. At Date Night Ideas we are firm believers in the restorative powers of creating a beautiful garden, which is why we’ve rustled up five easy DIY garden upgrades for couples on the go. Schedule your couple time around one of these fun outdoor pursuits, get some fresh air and beautify your garden at the same time – that’s what we can a win-win-win situation.
BUILD A KITCHEN HERB BOX
Not everyone has the luxury of living in a house with a nice, big garden, but that doesn’t mean you have to refrain from getting your hands dirty. A kitchen herb box is a great DIY project that you can complete over the course of a weekend afternoon with a few basic tools and a bit of elbow grease. Here’s a super easy plan for an herb planter box that can be installed in a window frame if you don’t have access to a balcony. Best of all, as soon as your little herb garden is up and running, you’ll have plenty of fresh herbs on hand when you cook your next date night meal at home.
TAP INTO YOUR RAIN WATER SUPPLY
In South Africa there are a lot of regions that suffer from water restrictions over the summer months, which wreaks havoc with the state of our gardens. A simple solve for this issue is to tap into your rain water supply or to make use of recycled water (also known as grey water) to keep your plants hydrated when the mercury rises. Here is a great DIY set-up for harvesting off-grid rain water from your gutters, and another for irrigating with recycled water.
UPDATE YOUR FOLIAGE WITH WATER-WISE PERENNIALS
When you don’t have a lot of time to spend in your garden, you want the work you do there to show. The simplest way to ensure that your garden looks good with a minimal amount of effort is to invest in some water-wise perennial plants that will turn your existing garden into a sustainable, hard-working setup that looks good throughout the year. Here are some excellent tips for creating a water-wise garden and some great downloadable lists of water-wise plants and lawn options in the South African context.
CREATE A WELCOMING OUTDOOR SPACE
One of the major benefits of living in South Africa is that we enjoy such wonderful weather for a large part of the year. Take advantage of this fact by creating a welcoming outdoor space to enjoy with your friends and family over the course of the summer months. This kind of project might take a little longer than a day (depending on how epic you want to make the space), but it will be worth it in the end. Here is a great video that shows how to make a pallet swing, 50 ideas to beautify your yard without breaking the bank, and fun DIY ideas to tackle with the kids.
GET GOING WITH SOLAR POWER
Solar power is a wonderful clean energy resource that anyone can tap into. Beautify your garden with the addition or solar-powered fairy lights, secure your perimeter with a sustainable alarm system or simply use some Solar Jars for extra light around the braai once the sun sets.
And there you have it – five easy DIY garden upgrades for couples on the go.
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