With the winter behind us, now is the time to devote some of your attention, resources, and creativity to gardening.
Making a garden from scratch or rearranging the one you already have in a new, fun, and inspiring way is a great way to spend some time building something that you will enjoy in the months and years to come.
Read on to find some inspirational ideas that you can do on your own or make it into an entire family activity and a complete bonding experience for you and your kids.
Here are our top 7 easy ways to change up your garden and add some fun and creativity:
1. Change your plants the easy way
There is an easy way to switch out garden plants without too much effort.
All you have to do is place pots directly into landscaping beds. Then, drop seasonal plants, together with a separate, smaller pot, right into the hole.
When the blooms fade or the season changes, simply remove the old pot and switch to a new one.
Make sure that your pots have adequate drainage holes. To make your temporary plantings look as if they are more permanent, cover beds with a layer of mulch. As a final touch, lay down some paving stones around the beds to complete the look.
2. Work smart, not hard
If you really hate shoveling, you’ll be happy to learn that you can cover the grass in your garden to create a planting area with a layer of overlaying cardboard – as if placing shingles on the roof. This is also a great time to add a layer of high quality compost to give your soil a boost of nutrients and organic matter in preparation for planting.
Next, all you have to do is water the cardboard until it falls apart and disintegrates into the ground. In two months, the grass will be gone entirely, and you will have soil that is ready for planting the plants of your choice.
Another neat trick in this category – you can use a muffin tin to make evenly spaced planting holes. Simply push it into the ground, place seeds, and cover and water them. Voila!
3. Flowers are everywhere
Even if you have a small garden, you do not have to be limited in your choice of shapes and colors.
All you have to do to break up the several shades of green throughout your garden is to place a few flower pots strategically. For longer-lasting colors, mix annuals and perennial flowers.
If you feel a bit more adventurous, you should know that many herbs and vegetables also have beautiful flowers. These include chives, spring onions, dill, thyme, basils, pineapple sage, rosemary, rocket (white), as well as any other flowering vegetables and fruits.
4. Consider companion planting
Did you know that we are not the only ones that can benefit from a beautiful garden? Some plants can also gain benefits from growing next to each other.
This is the concept behind companion planting. While it is mainly used in vegetable gardens, ornamentals can equally benefit from having neighbors they enjoy.
For instance, carrots prosper when growing next to beans, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes, but they do not like being close to dill, parsnip, and parsley.
And almost any vegetable enjoys the company of flowers, as they repel pests while attracting beneficial insects.
5. Use eggshells and shredded paper to improve your garden soil
Did you know that shredded paper is great for making compost? Simply add shredded paper to the compost pile, as it is an excellent source of carbon. It also helps the soil retain water and other nutrients.
If you are not able to use compost, eggshells can be an easy alternative option.
Simply use an old blender and turn them into a fine dust that you can spread throughout your garden.
Be warned, though, that it doesn’t smell that great. Yet, it is an excellent source of calcium and other nutrients for your flowers and vegetables.
6. Plant succulents inside mason jars
Another way to make your garden more colorful is by hanging mason jars with succulents on the walls.
First, pick the colors you want and paint the jars. Next, put some rocks and pebbles at the bottom of them.
Finally, add some dirt and the succulents you choose, and there you have it. Succulents are easy to care for and almost self-sufficient, so this is an easy thing to do and maintain.
7. Some more DIY ideas
And don’t let your creativity stop at mason jars. There are lots of ways to get creative with planters in your garden.
If you have some paint left after painting the jars, consider painting small terracotta flower pots and tying them to a string to make a colorful wind chime.
Maybe you can also dig up an old bicycle that has a basket on it, give it a fresh coat of paint and place a planter with flowers in it.
You could turn a tree stump into a flower pot by hollowing it out and filling it with soil. You can do the same with an old bathtub if you have one lying around – and who doesn’t.
Simply take a look around your garden and through your shed and storage and let your imagination guide you.
About the author
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.
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