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While we are still in the summer season, why don’t you dedicate a day or weekend to fixing up your backyard! It doesn’t take much, but having a revamped appeal will make you want to be outdoors more often – and maybe even throw that backyard grill party you’ve been putting on the back burner!

Fire pits are a great way to make your backyard cozy and inviting! Most retailers that focus on home improvement sell them. Check out these different options!

  • Target
  • Lowes
  • Wal Mart — Surprising, but actually a Better Homes & Gardens’s product!!!

This small herb garden courtesy of Pop Sugar is just too cute and is super easy!! Take these steps and see how you can create your own!

These tips are DIRECTLY from Pop Sugar!

  • Assess the situation to determine what sort of set-up is ideal. Do you have a backyard? How long do you plan to live in your current home? If you can dedicate a corner of your backyard to the venture, and aren’t planning on uprooting any time soon, consider a raised bed, either store-bought or DIY, which will provide enough space for a vast variety of herbs. If you’re looking for a smaller-scale solution, terracotta or ceramic pots are a great alternative.
  • Consider what herbs you cook with most often. It can be easy to get carried away when browsing seed catalogs or the herb start section of your nursery. Plant only what you’ll realistically use in order to avoid waste; you can always add more to the mix later. Herbs like basil, parsley, mint, thyme, rosemary, and cilantro are most practical, but consider chives, dill, tarragon, oregano, or more-exotic varieties like Thai basil, marjoram, or savory if you think they’ll be a worthwhile addition.
  • Gather up the necessary equipment: Even if you’re going the raised bed route, consider separate terracotta planters to restrict the growth of plants like mint that tend to grow rabidly, lest they overrun your other plants. You’ll also need potting soil, asturdy trowel, seeds or herb starts, a hose with a sprinkler attachment or a watering can, and a pair of gardening gloves. If your herb garden will live by a sunny window, make sure to buy planters with a saucer to collect excess water and avoid messy cleanup; alternatively, try one of these clever indoor setups.

If you’re interested in learning more, continue reading the article here!

Updating your outdoor furniture or adding pieces if you don’t have any can really make the place feel home-like. Modeled to look like an actual room, having a table and chairs makes it easy for guests to get comfortable and enjoy themselves! Check out some great furniture sets that won’t break the bank!

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and I hope you share with me your best backyard fixes!

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