Once winter comes, most of us can be found staring longingly out the window at our beautiful outdoor spaces that we used so much when it was warmer. Now, with temps that make us shudder, it’s harder, if not impossible, to spend a lot of time outside—but there are clever ways to comfortably spend time in your outdoor space, even with snow on the ground.
Your patio is an ideal place to relax and catch some rays, however, if you don’t have a roof on it, it’s sure to leave you open to the cold com winter. Adding a roof to your existing patio or planning ahead and building a pergola will provide you and your family with some shelter from the harsh winter weather while you bundle up and enjoy your space. This is also a great addition for any season, providing shade and respice from inclement weather in any month.
Bundles of Blankets
Believe it or not, there are blankets made to endure winter conditions. Stocking up on these weather-proof warmers is a great way to keep yourself cozy while spending time outdoors. Investing in weather-proof furniture is a smart idea as well. Your spring and summer outdoor items aren’t made to be soaked in snow, hail, or extreme weather, so preparing your space with furniture made for winter will allow you and your guests to comfortably, and dryly, spend some time on your patio.
Grow a Garden
It may seem like an oxymoron, but some plants do just fine in the wintertime. Pansies, dogwoods, heather, and evergreens provide the color and greenery you miss from summer throughout the colder months. Additionally, some vegetables are able to grow even when morning frost comes. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, spinach, kale, and parsnips (to name a few) are capable of growing in cold temperatures and can actually grow stronger after a little frost. However, as strong as they may be in the cold, once the weather gets to freezing or below, these crops will need some fleece or wool covering to keep them alive.
Dust of the Grill
Grilling is synonymous with summer, but you don’t have to let your grill collect dust, or snow, all winter without use. Fire up your heaters, your fire pit, and your grill to make a toasty evening cookout for you and your family. If you haven’t used your grill in a while, make sure to clean it out before using it to ensure all the debris from the summer months is gone and any fire hazards are removed.
Keep a Cozy Glow
If you thought about taking down your string lights for winter—don’t! Lights are a great way to bring a little extra warmth and friendly vibes to your outdoor space, and help bring a cozy atmosphere to any setup. Not to mention, they’ll help the winter blues fade away when it gets dark around 4:30 p.m.