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DIY Backyard Garden

DIY Backyard Garden DIY Backyard Garden
Everyone wants that perfect backyard; the one with a luscious garden, a big oak tree and a relaxing hammock. However, most people’s homes don’t provide them with their dream backyard, so we have to take strides to make our own improvements in order to get the yard we’ve always wanted.

There are endless amounts of Do It Yourself (DIY) projects that can enhance your backyard in just a few easy steps. You can add fire pits, sitting areas, gardens or hammocks. You can even make yourself a unique and beautiful patio out of something as simple as wooden pallets.

Today, we are here to show you how to get the garden of your dreams without having to redo your entire backyard. With this simple DIY project, you can start growing the most beautiful flowers and the freshest produce on the block!

This project can be done in any size yard. If you are living in a condo or apartment, you can even do this project right on your patio.

What You Need to Make a Garden

To get started building your homes’ new dream garden, there are a few supplies you’ll need to pick up first. You’ll want to buy:

• 10-15 cinder blocks (The number of cinder blocks you need will vary depending on the space you have for your garden and how large or how small you want the garden to be in the end)
• 2 or 3 flattened cardboard boxes
• 1 bag of potting mix

How to Make your Garden

• Find a flat and level area in your yard for your new garden to go
• Lay the cinder blocks into a square or rectangular shape
-Lay them so the openings are flat on the ground
-The exact dimensions of the garden will depend on your personal preference of how big you want your garden to be
• Lay the flattened cardboard boxes inside the square you have created out of cinder blocks
• Pour the potting soil on top of the cardboard boxes
-How much soil you want depends on your own personal preference

Once you have completed these steps, the basics of your DIY garden are done! However, if you want to take it a few steps further, try painting the cinder blocks to give it a little something extra. The color (or colors) you choose will depend on your personal style and that of your backyard.

If you plan on planting colorful flowers in your new garden, painting the cinder blocks a soft and neutral tan color will be a nice option that will allow the flowers to be the standout feature in your new garden!

However, if you plan on using your garden primarily for herbs and produce, then we suggest getting a little bit more bright and colorful with your paint color choice. A bright teal or yellow, or a bold and dramatic red could do the trick and give your backyard the pop it was missing!

Accessorizing Your Garden

This DIY garden is one of the simplest ways to add some fresh greens to your backyard. However, there are many ways you can take the extra step to make your garden even more custom and elaborate! For example, you can build your garden against a wall and add the ability to allow vine plants to grow, such as Scarlet Morning Glory or Boston Ivy. Not only do vine covered walls look great, they also keep your backyard cooler in the summer months! For a full list of plants that can add this extra element to your garden, check out what HGTV suggests.

Another simple option that will add yet one more element of bliss to your DIY garden is a bird feeder or bird house. This is something that is simple enough to build yourself, or you can easily find one that fits your style at your local garden or home supply store.

What to Plant

Now that you have your garden set up and looking beautiful, it’s time to decide what to plant in it! If you don’t have much experience in gardening, there are unlimited resources available to help you decide what types of plants you should grow.

Different climates are more conducive for different produce and flowers, so be sure to find out what grows best in your area. Take a look at some of our suggestions for the best plants to grow here in Arizona!

In addition to the climate that you live in, certain types of soil are better for some plants than others. For example, Hydrangeas and roses grow better in clay soil whereas lavender and rosemary grow better in sandy soils. Be sure to do your own research and find out what plants will grow best in your climate using different types of soils.

How to Organize your Garden

After you have done your research and planted all of your seeds, it’s a good idea to make it easier for you to be able to see what you planted in certain areas of your garden. Especially if you plan on planting several different types of flowers or produce plants, labeling them comes in handy after a few months have gone by and you can’t remember which ones are radishes and which ones are carrots.

A fun way to distinguish the different types of plants you have growing in your garden is by placing plastic spoons in the dirt and writing in permanent marker what type of seed is planted there. Even though this is one of the easiest and cheapest options, there are many ways you can get creative with this aspect of your DIY garden!

You can do something as elaborate as making your own handmade signs to place in your garden, or take a simple idea like using popsicle sticks and painting them to distinguish one plant from another.

A really fun option is taking small, smooth stones and painting them to match the plants in your garden. You can paint these stones solid colors, draw pictures of the plant on them or even cover the rocks in chalkboard paint and label each rock in chalk. There are endless options when it comes to this part of gardening, so be sure to find what works for you!

Your Green Thumb

Regardless of how big or small your backyard may be, everyone should have the option of growing fresh flowers and produce in the comfort of their own home. There are so many options of creating your own garden and we believe you should take full advantage of that!

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Now that you have you beautiful DIY garden set up and ready to go, start putting that green thumb to work!