With endless conveniences and an 8-hour minimum per day seated at a desk, we could all use a little more time outside. That said, not many of us have the time or the budget to take an extended vacation to the beach or mountains. So what do you do?
Well, why not create a beautiful getaway in your own backyard? Turning your outdoor space from an ordinary backyard to the oasis of your dreams isn’t as complicated as it might seem. In fact, there’s a wide variety of garden projects you can do all on your own in as little as an afternoon!
To help you reap all the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors, we’ve put together this guide. Read on to learn five of the best garden crafts and gardening ideas to use in your own yard.
1. Plant an Edible Garden
Who doesn’t love fresh, perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables? If you’re a frequent visitor to the produce section, we have great news. You can bring all the fruit and veggie goodness to your backyard with an edible garden!
The first step is to make a list of all your favorites, then do some research to determine which plants will thrive in the environment of your yard. Your home falls within a specific planting zone, and your yard offers a certain amount of sunlight throughout the day. Having a thorough knowledge of both is essential to a flourishing garden.
Once you have your plants picked out, you can either plant them directly in the ground or build raised beds in which to plant them. Either way, you’ll likely need to take measures to protect your produce from the wildlife in your yard.
Squirrels, deer, rabbits, and other animals love fruits and veggies as much as you do and will be attracted to your plants. Fencing or chicken wire makes a great protective barrier. In addition, repellents made from hot peppers or garlic can be effective deterrents to most species of wildlife common to residential areas.
2. Invite the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
If an edible garden isn’t your thing, or you want to expand your greenery a little further, consider inviting the birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard with a pollinator garden. This project is perfect for those interested in inspiring their little ones with gardening for kids.
Milkweed and wildflowers are the best options for attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Again, be sure to check which plants will thrive in your yard before making any final decisions.
To bring hummingbirds to your yard, plant native tubular flowers in red or orange, in addition to those rich in nectar. It’s a good idea to hang a few hummingbird feeders as well to entice them to come back once they’ve found the space.
Adding birdbaths and feeders to your outdoor space is an excellent way to inject a bit of your personality while giving the native birds a nice area to enjoy. Should you add these ideas to your list of garden landscaping projects, your yard will be teeming with life before you know it!
3. Add a Splash of Paint
Another easy and inexpensive way to add personality to your outdoor space is by adding a splash of paint. If you have a wooden fence, consider painting it black to create a striking element. Those with a creative streak could opt for painting a mural along an entire inner side for an even greater impact.
Though painting the fence is an obvious option when it comes to garden crafts, don’t limit yourself! An outdoor shed, a garden bench, even a set of pots can be given new life with a fresh coat of paint.
4. Create an Outdoor Living Area
For most of us, spending quality time with family and friends means sitting around the living room talking, eating, and appreciating each other’s company. Well, by creating an outdoor living area you can have this same experience outside!
All you really need is an outdoor table and a set of chairs. However, if you have the budget, don’t be afraid to get creative with your outdoor furniture.
You could create an outdoor theater, for example, or repurpose an old gardening cart to make an adorable outdoor bar. A swing, a reading nook, an outdoor kitchen, whatever activities you and your family enjoy most are the ones you should have.
If you don’t have a patio large enough for a living area, the tools at Mowers-online.co.uk can help you clear a space in your yard for your outdoor furniture.
5. Make Eco-Friendly Additions
With all your amazing outdoor projects comes garden maintenance. Your lovely fruits, vegetables, and flowers will need plenty of water and nutrient-dense soil to prosper.
This need presents an opportunity for you to not only take your gardening skills to the next level but to do something good for the planet as well. Two eco-friendly additions to your garden space will make all the difference: a rain barrel and a composter.
A rain barrel will capture water with each storm that you can then use to water your plants. This will help the environment and save you money on your water bill!
Creating your own compost might sound intimidating, but it couldn’t be easier. All you need to get started is a compost tumbler.
Then, rather than throwing out food waste, you can add it to your composter. You’ll have fabulous compost containing all the nutrients your plants need in no time.
Bring Your Outdoor Space to Life With These Garden Projects
As with any home improvement project, garden projects take time and hard work, especially if you’re going the DIY route. But when you’re enjoying a warm summer’s night in your gorgeous outdoor space, you’ll thank yourself for the effort required to create it.
Remember there’s no rush! Take your time planning each project and envisioning the end result before you begin. The joy is in flexing your creative muscle and beautifying your space.
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