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What Your Garden Is Really Missing

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If you want your garden to look its best, there are many things that you might want to consider in order to make that so. Fortunately it is relatively simple to make your garden the kind that people want to spend their time in, but a lot of people fail to really appreciate just how easy it is to do so. In this article, we are going to look at some of the common things that gardens are often missing, so you can see whether or not your own garden has these particular items or whether you could do with finding them. With a more complete garden, it is highly likely that you will be able to spend much more time there, and that it will be one of the most important parts of your home in no time.

 

Pond

 

Although not every garden has or needs a pond, nonetheless this is something you might want to consider if you re to make the most of your outdoor space. Having a pond is a great way to ensure that you are making good use of your garden, and if you look around you should be able to find one fairly cheap. If you fancy giving it a go yourself, you could even make the pond yourself. This is easier than you might think; all you need to do is dig the hole in the ground, put in a plastic liner and fill it with water. Then you can make sure that it is whatever size and shape you might like it to be. A pond is a great addition to any garden, so this is definitely worth thinking about.

 

Fountain

 

Whether or not you are thinking of including a pond, you might also want to find a fountain to put in your garden. Garden fountains serve as a fantastic centerpiece and focal point, and are often one of the best ways to ensure that your garden looks as good as possible. If you shop around you will see that you can usually find fountains in pretty much any shape and depicting a large range of different things, so it is always possible to find something that will look good in your garden. Consider this if you want to go for something a little grand and a little different for your garden.

 

Bench

 

Having a nice bench somewhere in the garden for more than just give you a great place to rest your legs – you might also find that you can use it as a kind of decoration. Benches are always going to be a great addition to any garden, and you might feel that your garden is incomplete until you have found the right bench for it. Placing it is important too, and you must ensure that you are taking the time to find the appropriate space in the garden for the bench. As long as you do, you should be able to make the most of this simple but happy addition.

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Camping!!

Remember when you were a kid and one of the best things to do during the summer was to camp out at the park or back on someone’s property? I know I do. When I was in late elementary and junior high my cousins and I, along with our parents, would go out to my Uncles land and camp out for a couple days. All technology minus a cell phone was banned. Just us and nature. As kids, it was one of the best memories we created during that time. Even now, I still look back on those memories with fondness. Although I wouldn’t go the same style we did back then.

Camping technology has come a long way. First off, the tents back then were the equivalent to the child-proof items of today, impossible to work. After hours of fooling around with the tent, you might have some semblance of the tent up if you’re lucky. But today’s tents it’s so simple it’s scary. When we go camping now, we have a Coleman’s 4-Person Instant Cabin which I could put up in my sleep in less than 5 minutes. Plus, the takedown and storage are just as easy. Of course, you’d have to have something to sleep on. When I was a kid, my dad had these old small army cots that we would put sleeping bags on. It was nice to be off the ground, but I think my back is still suffering from sleeping in those. Nowadays you can buy cots, sleeping bags, or air mattresses that effectively bring the comforts of home with you into the woods. When choosing the best air mattress for camping try using Best Air Mattress for Camping. They give you great tips and pointers for the best sleep you can get while camping!!

 In our tent, we can comfortably fit an average size air mattress or 3 sleeping bags with plenty of room to have our supplies around us. Supplies like lanterns and flashlights. Make sure you have plenty of lights. I would bring at 3-4 battery lanterns and at least 1 flashlight per person. Having adequate lighting for emergencies is always important. Depending on how much into “nature” you want to be, you can take a fan or heater depending on the time of year. Personally, I know I can barely make it without my A/C so the fan is a must for those summer camping trips. Nothing will get you kicked out of a tent quicker than smelling like a grizzly bear that just ran a couple miles. Along with our tent, lanterns, or occasional fan we would always bring a hammock. The peaceful relaxation of laying in a hammock was some of my favorite parts of my day while camping. Finding a great hammock is good, however, the most important part is having the perfect straps. Best Hammack Straps have always been a good guide for my family to follow when trying to find out what straps are the best. Overall without the amazing straps, I don’t believe my camping trip would have been the same because my camping would have been ruined by a strap breaking. Thanks to Best Hammock Strap that neverhappenedd.

What camping trip isn’t complete without a fire. Probably 90% of the memories I have from growing up about camping happened around the fire. This was the one and only thing we cheated on even then. We did try and rub sticks together or have a flint rock. My dad was an outdoorsman but that was a bit extreme, even for him. We used the matches and lighter fluid. Now be careful when you’re going this route. Keep the lighter fluid far away from the fire after its lit. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to have read up on how to control a fire and put a fire out as to not upset the environment around you. Those memories around the fire though are my favorite. Roasting marshmallows and making smores, cooking over the fire what we had caught that day out of the river, or cooking what we had brought with us because we hadn’t caught anything. The fire popcorn was always a huge hit, not because it tasted good, even though they do nowadays, but because you have expected the tin to eventually expand so far that it exploded like in the cartoons, sending popcorn everywhere. Unfortunately, (but fortunately) it never happened. Coolers always make a great seat if you didn’t bring any chairs plus they hold and keep all the beverages and food cold. Depending on where you are camping, be sure to note what the campsite rules are about wild animals and food.

Camping is a great experience to create memories with family, kids, and friends. I’d advice going technology (minus the one-off phone for emergencies) so you can truly enjoy the outdoors and deprogram yourselves from the everyday hustle and bustle. Be sure to bring bug repellant and make wise decisions so that no one gets hurt. If you do, it’s a great, enjoyable, fun time that people of all ages can appreciate.

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