7 Ways to Bring Outdoor Harvest Inspiration Into Your Yard

by Alex ThatcherNovember 4, 2016

Celebrating the Bounty of Fall in Your Backyard

Harvest season is here. It’s a time when we collect the bounty of the summer and prepare to weather the wintertime. Autumn is when we put away the BBQ grill and batten down the hatches for cold weather, but it’s not a melancholy time of year — far from it! This is a time for celebration, for feasting! A time to turn inward and appreciate home and hearth, and to gather together with loved ones over cups of hot cider.

You don’t have to be a farmer to get into the spirit of harvest season. Let’s discuss a few ways to bring the spirit of harvest to your yard.

Start a Winter Veggie Garden

Harvest season is when sun-loving plants give up the ghost, but there are plenty of hardy, frost-tolerant things to plant in time for spring. If you plant now, you can enjoy parsnips, garlic, kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots, and beets next spring. Don’t let the brisk weather stop you from enjoying the joys of backyard agriculture.

carrotsvia Gardening Know How

Create a Fire Pit

There’s nothing quite like a crackling outdoor fire on a chilly night. If you don’t already have a fireplace (or other place for fire) in your back yard, then now is an excellent time to remedy that. It’s up to you how elaborate you want to make yours. For some folks, a trip to the local home and garden store for a chiminea is the way to go. For others, nothing but an in-ground fire pit will do.

If you happen to be the latter sort, remember to plan your design before you get to work – you’ll probably get much better results.

Mantavia Fire Pit Art

Backyard Harvest Festival

Winter may be over, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy indoor-outdoor living, especially since you put in that fire pit. Why not invite your friends over for a backyard harvest festival? You can play games, give that BBQ one last hurrah before wintertime, and toast to a wonderful summer and ski season ahead.

Fall-Tailgate-Partyvia Jenny Steffens

Build a Scarecrow

Even though some of the birds have flown south for the winter, the crows will still be hanging around to pick at your winter garden, and you can’t have that. And it’s not just the crows. This time of year, squirrels are out in force, gathering up everything they can to “squirrel away” for winter.

You can’t always guard your garden. What you need is someone who doesn’t have a whole lot going on, and has the time to basically hang out all day and keep an eye on your parsnips. You need a scarecrow! Don’t know any? Make one. As an added bonus, scarecrows are the very symbol of harvest season. Now that’s what we call killing (or at least scaring) two (or more) birds with one stone (or scarecrow).

diy-simple-scarecrowvia Ritter Lumber

Make Luminarias

If you’ve ever spent the holiday season in the Southwest, then you’ve probably seen luminarias. What are they? They’re basically votive candles in paper bags, with some sand to make everything stay put.

That might not sound that interesting, but just wait until you see them lining your walkways. They cast everything in a warm, inviting glow, and make any night seem a bit more special.

luminariasforNMSUvia NMSU

Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Is it too early for Halloween decorations? Well, that depends on whom you ask. If you’re feeling inspired, then who cares what the neighbors think? Bedeck your yard in skeletons and graves, spider webs and Jack ‘o lanterns. All Hallows Eve will be here soon enough, so you might as well get spooky.

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Don’t Forget to Play in the Leaves

Yes, we know. Raking the leaves takes longer when you take breaks to jump in them, but you have to do it, at least once.

Oh, and if you happen to be thinking, “I wish I could decorate my yard for harvest season, but I don’t have a house with a yard,” then please allow us to be of service. We’ve been helping would-be yard decorators find houses (yards included) all year long, and we don’t stop just because the official selling season is over. Get in touch.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.