Whether you’re a planting novice or came into this world with a green thumb, every good garden needs a game plan. And the best part: your craft skills are about to come into play! From the ground up, we’ve found our favorite DIYs that let you take total control over your garden, and guarantee a stress-free outdoor season.
A Good Foundation
A garden can’t flourish with sub-par soil! These DIYs let you start off strong with a nourishing base for your plants:
1. Turn scraps into food. If you don’t have the room/desire for a compost heap, toss in these everyday kitchen scraps as great additions to your soil.
2. Get the kids involved. Did you know you can make compost in a soda bottle? This activity is a great way to pair a science lesson with some mild yardwork (win-win).
3. Start seedlings with used K-cups. These little plastic shells are perfect to get things going before your plants are ready to move outdoors.
4. Protect your plants with a natural spray. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste at the hands of insects! Garlic, mint, cayenne and dishwashing liquid make a powerful repellant against nibbling little critters.
Not everyone is going to have a sprawling backyard to start digging in. If you’re a fellow city dweller, these space-conscious DIYs should be right up your alley:
5. Start seedlings with egg shells. Have room for an egg carton? Like with K-cups, egg shells make a great starting point for seeds. When they’re in bloom, they can be replanted shell and all.
6. Stack pots for a compact planter. A tiered herb garden is the perfect way to save space while still growing your essential greens. This DIY would even work on a tiny fire escape!
7. Create a garden spiral. If you have available ground to dig in, garden spirals let you play with elevation and keep your plants organized in a small space.
8. DIY a hanging garden. Here’s one that really allows for customization. This hanging planter lets you add as many rows of plants as you please, without taking up any floor space.
9. Aim higher with a vertical garden. Can’t build outward? Go up. You won’t be missing out on any fresh produce with these stacked planters, and it doubles as modern-looking wall decor. Skip the digging!
It’s officially the end of “…what did I do with that extra pack of seeds?” Ensure that everything you need is always in the right place with these organization-minded DIYs:
10. Watch your step. You can’t expect to be productive in your garden if you have no place to put your feet. Repurpose old plates or saucers into these cute stepping stones, using only a cake pan.
11. Make a home base. Never go looking for tools again. This DIY transforms some old pallets into a beautiful command center for all of your gardening essentials.
12. Hydration organization. If you’re annoyed at the cost of decorative hose guides, just whip up this easy DIY that upcycles old curtain rods. Check out local secondhand shops and your thrift expertise will pay off.
13. Make labels. These adorable clay plant markers are completely open to your interpretation. Now you can keep everything organized while adding a nice touch of outdoor decor.
14. Put your bench to work. Every hardworking gardener needs a place to rest; this bench does double duty of storing any additional equipment while you kick back.
15. Go green (safely). This ingenious DIY for a removeable covered greenhouse is a game-changer for plants in more difficult climates.
Lastly, your garden should be visually inviting! The right decor and accessories can transform the space into a space you’ll never want to leave:
16. Add some relaxing sounds. Water is the key to a really tranquil garden, and lucky for you this stacked fountain isn’t hard to pull off!
17. Light the way. The easiest way to create a fun setting is the right lighting. Tin can lanterns are really versatile: hammer nails through the surface to create a custom pattern, and scatter them around your space to create an intimate mood.
18. Invite some wildlife. Upcycle vintage teacups and saucers into beautiful (and reusable) little bird feeders. Because no one wants a lifeless garden!
19. Make functional art. This mosaic bird bath will also keep the birds happy, while adding a strong aesthetic appeal to your garden. Even better: it’s made from upcycled CDs and DVDs! Your old collection put to good use.
20. Lead the way. Carve out a path while adding visual interest with this DIY for a garden arbor. For even more interest, let some vines grow up and around, securing it into the landscape. Oasis status achieved.
Don’t forget to share your favorite garden DIYs in the comments!