Kick of the spring season without spending a fortune!
Whether you want to expand your harvest, add some new and interesting backyard features, attract beneficial wildlife, or simply get organized, these 15 gardening DIYs will help prepare you for the year ahead.
1. Start Your Seeds
Making DIY seed holders and starting your seeds indoors is cheaper than buying starter plants. You should use sustainable planting cups fashioned out of newspaper. as they make for easy transplanting, and the soy-based ink newspaper becomes biodegradable compost.
2. Build a Potting Station
Build a potting bench in order to be able to construct it to be comfortable for your standing height, and design it to hold all the pots and tools you could ever need. You’ll also be saving a pretty penny as the store-bought benches don’t come cheap!
This nutrient rich matter helps improve soil structure and composition, wards off diseases and pests and boosts moisture retention, meaning you can save water. By adding compost you will be cutting down on the amount of food scraps and other organic matter you send to the landfill.
4. Organize Your Tools
If you’re not properly prepared, you may find yourself trudging back and forth to the garden shed in search of trowels, or spades, or gloves. However, this year get organised by making your very own tool bucket. You can transform a five-gallon bucket and some fabric into a garden organizer with a pocket for everything you need.
5. Supply a Bird Bath
Attracting birds to your garden is one of the oldest and most natural forms of pest control. Of particular interest to baby birds are cabbage worms, aphids, earwigs, grasshoppers, cucumber beetles and grubs. Therefore, a bird bath is the perfect attraction for them!
6. Make a Bug Hotel
Besides birds you can attract others too. For instance, bees, wasps, ladybugs, butterflies and several species of moths will all appreciate having a space in your garden. To lure them in, construct a condominium made from a mixture of materials and compartments of differing sizes.
7. Install a Pond
Ponds serve to attract a variety of beneficial wildlife to the garden. Pest-eating birds will come to drink and bathe, and all sorts of insects will buzz around the place and will help you pollinate the plants.
8. Try an All-in-One Gardening Tool
If you have a relatively small garden, why not forget about shelling out for separate and expensive gardening tools and make your own five-in-one tool to tackle all tasks? Hauling a bunch of tools around the garden is annoying, don’t you think?
9. Brew Homemade Natural Fertilizers and Pesticides
To do this you will need:
- A garlic spray, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
- A pleasant scented citrus insecticide, which works especially well on aphids.
- Or a fiery hot pepper spray, that will repel even the toughest pest.
10. Raise Your Garden Beds
Raised beds one of the best ways to garden, so get ready and create your own raised beds to improve your garden!
11. Upcycle Junk into Gardening Containers
If raised beds is not an option, consider container gardening. It’s ideal for those who are stuck for space, or for those who want to garden year round.
12. Plant Upwards
Vertical planters work great for those with limited space – like a patio – or those with none at all, such as apartment owners.
13. Automatic Watering System
These effective hydration systems are ideal for those times when you are out of town, or have a hectic schedule. Build an automatic plant watering system from plastic bags and thread and you’ll never have to worry about thirsty, withered flowers again.
14. Construct a Greenhouse
Spring is the best time to establish a green house, if you need it. While it may seem like a daunting task, a large summer bounty of juicy tomatoes, fresh peppers and crisp cucumbers will make your hours of hard work seem worth it.
15. Warm Up with a Fire Pit
This Spring, combat the chill with your very own DIY fire pit! It will double the appeal of the garden, make outdoor dining a treat, and entice family and friends to sit out with you.