11 Projects to Spruce Up Your Garden

Roll up your sleeves and unleash your creativity on your homestead’s garden!

Are you itching to transform your garden into a thriving oasis? Check these projects off your to-do list.

ASC Solar Powered Ceramic Green Frog Water Fountain Kit

ASC Solar Powered Ceramic Green Frog Water Fountain Kit
  1. Solar-powered water fountain: Create a stunning centerpiece for your garden with a solar-powered water fountain. Not only will it provide a serene ambiance, but it will also attract birds and other wildlife to your garden.

2. Solar-powered garden lights: Illuminate your garden path and highlight your favorite plants with solar-powered garden lights. These energy-efficient lights will automatically turn on at dusk, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere.

3. Make compost walkways: Want to make walkways in your garden that you don’t need to weed and feed the soil? Pave the way with broken-down boxes. The cardboard will block light, preventing weed growth. And the cardboard will eventually break down, adding nutrients to the soil. Plus, it’s not permanent, which is great if you change the layout of your garden often.

4. Wall-mounted herb planters: Don’t have room for more plants in your garden? Transform your kitchen wall into a fresh herb haven with these planters.

5. Craft DIY garden decorations: Personalized and handmade garden decorations can add a unique touch to your outdoor space. Get creative and make your own garden ornaments using various materials. For example, you can repurpose old glass bottles into colorful wind chimes by cutting them into different lengths and attaching them to a sturdy base. Another idea is to create mosaic stepping stones using broken pieces of ceramic or colored glass. Simply mix concrete or mortar, pour it into a mold, and embed the decorative pieces into the surface. Once they dry, place the stepping stones strategically around your garden for an artistic touch.

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DIY terrarium
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6. Food terrariums: Create a miniature garden inside a glass container to grow small crops like spinach or other greens. These self-contained ecosystems are not only visually appealing but also low-maintenance. All you need is a layer of gravel for irrigation, soil, plants or seeds, and an old glass fish tank with a lid. Replace the fish light with a grow light and you’re ready to farm indoors.

7. Composting: Kitchen scraps, leaves and yard waste create nutrient-rich compost that will help your plants thrive. Reduce waste and enrich your soil by starting a compost pile. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Mine is a wooden box made out of pallets. You can even just have a pile in the corner of your garden. Just make sure to “stir” it every now and then to help everything break down.

50-Gallon Heavy-Duty Outdoor Home Rain Catcher Barrel Water Container

50-Gallon Heavy-Duty Outdoor Home Rain Catcher Barrel Water Container

8. Rainwater harvesting system: Harness the power of nature by setting up a rainwater harvesting system. Collect rainwater in barrels and use it to water your garden, reducing your reliance on municipal water sources.

9. Create a DIY vertical garden:If you have limited space or want to add a unique element to your garden, consider creating a vertical garden. This DIY project involves using a trellis, pallets, or even hanging planters to grow plants vertically. You can plant climbing vines, trailing flowers, or even herbs and vegetables. Vertical gardens not only save space but also add a visually appealing dimension to your garden. They can be mounted on walls, fences, or freestanding structures. You can also make a vertical hydro garden out of 5-gallon buckets. Here’s a tutorial:

10. Create a welcoming entrance: The entrance to your garden sets the tone for the entire space. You can enhance it by adding a charming gate, archway or even a decorative fence. Paint them in vibrant colors or choose natural wood finishes to complement the overall theme of your garden. Consider adding climbing plants like cucumber, beans or peas to grow around the entrance to add extra growing space to your garden.

11. Build raised beds or planters: Raised beds and planters not only provide structure and organization to your garden and you don’t need to lean over as far to tend to your plants. Construct raised beds using timber, bricks, or even recycled materials like old pallets. I used old filing cabinets with the drawers removed and holes drilled in the bottom (drainage) for free raised beds. Here’s how to make raised beds out of shipping pallets.

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