Gardens can always be improved in many easy ways. Your needs and tastes change all the time, so why not have your garden reflect that? It could be a practical addition which helps the environment or promotes your healthy lifestyle, or it could be a new design feature which gives your garden that finishing touch.

Here are 4 great features you can add to any garden space and reap the benefits.

  1. A Vegetable Patch

The great thing about starting your own vegetable patch is that you can start work any time of the year, but it’s better to start the planning process in time to plant your vegetables in the spring. You’ll need plenty of room — although this doesn’t mean that you’ll need a significantly large garden to do it — just enough space that your vegetable patch will be open and uncovered with direct access to sunlight (so under the cover of a tree won’t work very well).

Having your own vegetable patch is great if you’re looking to eat more organically and grow fresh.

2. An Organic Compost Heap

If you have a lot of organic waste, such as fruit and vegetable skins, and you’re looking for a great way to recycle it, you may want to consider starting your own organic compost heap. This can easily be done in a small garbage can anywhere in your garden, and you can then use the compost to help your own garden to grow.

There are many ways you can encourage better organic compost, such as using Yorkshire Worms from Compost Worms, which work quickly to break down the waste.

3. Herb Garden

If you’re a foodie as well as an avid gardener, you’ve probably already thought about a herb garden. Your meals can be more fresh and healthy by growing your own herbs at home, and it’s ideal if you want to experiment with some new flavours, too.

Before planting your herb garden, check the needs of the specific herbs you intend to grow. Most herbs need both a steady stream of sunlight and well-drained soil. You should also think about distance from the house — a convenient place near the door or window where you can easily harvest freshly grown herbs for your cooking would be helpful.

4. A Water Feature

Water features come in many shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for a more aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden — perhaps if you’re looking to create a more tranquil space — a water feature, no matter how big or small, will always do the job.

You can easily purchase water features readymade and install with minimum effort, so all you really need to focus on is your budget and what kind of water feature most appeals to you.

Your options include:

  • A traditional or classic looking water feature, such as a fountain
  • A more modern water feature, such as water walls using more modern stonework
  • Rock cascades
  • Fountains, whether one-tiered or many-tiered