When warm weather arrives, most people prefer to be outside as much as possible, making an outdoor space more than just a garden. Today, gardens are multi-purpose areas that reflect personal interests and personalities, and are often used for the same activities that take place indoors. A garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can help to increase a home’s liveable space.

Over the next 26 days, we’ll focus on the backyard by letter, with an A to Z guide, full of smart and stylish outdoor decor ideas, along with useful and unique garden elements. Did we miss something? Tweet your photos and ideas @MovatoHome! Use this backyard bible to transform your outdoor area into a relaxing personal sanctuary that can be enjoyed all year round.


V – Vegetable Patch: Reconnect with the earth by designing your own vegetable garden. It’s so satisfying to go into the backyard to collect fresh, enviro-friendly, GMO-free, organic produce that you cultivated from seed. A veggie patch offers colour, texture and fragrance.

Choose from tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, carrots, leeks, and such leafy greens as lettuce, chard and kale to create a living work of art. A vegetable patch needn’t occupy a lot of space. Use simple garden boxes, which can be staggered or tiered, and pots, if space is limited .

Avoid sewing too many seeds at once — you don’t want to feel overwhelmed. Start small, and gradually add to your garden. This will allow you to gauge how much time and effort you need to devote to your new edible garden.


Miss our last post from this A to Z guide? This guide is full of garden goodies, great ideas and practical solutions to help you create a summer-ready outdoor retreat.  Just in case: A — Al fresco dining; B — Bunting; C — Cinema; D — Daybed; E — Eco Garden Room; F — Fire Pits; G — Glow-in-the-Dark Elements; H — Herb Garden; I — Irrigation System; J — Jumbo Joss Sticks; K — Kitchenette; L — Living Wall; M — Mosaics; N — Night Lighting O — Ornaments & Sculptures; P — Pizza Ovens; Q — Quirky Accessories; R — Recycled Elements; S — Solar Shading; T — Terrariums; U — Umbrellas.  


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