Try a spot of indoor gardening this winter
Winter isn't exactly the best time to be gardening. With temperatures plummeting and the weather less than favourable, it can be all too tempting to leave plants unattended at this time of year.
However, if you are particularly green-fingered, the good news is there are plenty of ways in which you can continue to indulge your passion.
Here are some great ideas for a spot of indoor gardening this winter that could give your rural real estate a boost.
Windowsill herb garden
If the thought of venturing outside to collect your herbs doesn't exactly appeal, why not set up a compact version on your kitchen windowsill?
Many varieties will grow well indoors providing you keep them well-watered, allowing you to keep growing even when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Create your own planters
House plants are one way of doing indoor gardening, but it's much more fun if you spend some time creating your own planters to put them in.
Use anything you might have lying around the house that's suitable. Jam jars, cans and old storage tins can all add some rustic charm to your home.
If you don't have a greenhouse but want to start getting your plants ready for the spring, you might want to think about sowing them indoors.
This means you can keep an eye on them without too much difficulty, so you'll know exactly when they're ready to plant out when the weather does pick up.
Winter is the perfect time to think about taking up a new hobby, and flower arranging could be ideal if you enjoy being around plants and flowers.
Dry out your own bouquets or get them ready done, it's up to you. This way you can enjoy flowers indoors during the winter and for many months after as well.
Invest in air plants
Air plants are a great feature of any home – not only do they have a unique appearance but they're also really easy to look after.
As the name suggests, all they'll need is plenty of fresh air circulating and a bit of moisture to keep them going. Then all you have to do is sit back and watch them thrive.
Design your garden
You might have been planning on giving your garden an overhaul for some time now, so what better opportunity to get planning than during the winter?
Start putting together ideas so when the weather improves you can get straight out there and put them into action.