**This post may have affiliate links, this means I may receive commissions if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). For more details, please see my Disclaimer**
Out of time? Be sure to pin this post to Pinterest to read later!
Whether you have always dreamed about having your very own garden or are just looking at it from the practical perspective of having your own fresh fruits and veggies, you’re probably wondering the same question I did – How to plan a garden without tearing out my hair.
This post will focus primarily on the actual planning of your garden. For more general tips about seasonal gardens, be sure to check out my Gardening Tips post published earlier this year.
Why You Should Plant a Garden
Let’s just get right into all the great pros for starting a garden if you aren’t quite convinced.
- It gets you outdoors regularly.
- It allows you to grow your own food, which in turn saves you money.
- Growing your own garden means you aren’t as concerned about commercial pesticides because you control what you use in your garden!
- If you’re currently involved in a pandemic (as I’m writing this, Coronavirus is taking the world by storm) and have been told by health officials to “socially distance” yourself from people, gardening is a perfect hobby because generally, you are doing it alone and in your backyard.
That last point may not always apply to your situation every year (goodness, I hope not!); however, it is going on right now. I honestly pondered whether I should mention it or not, but ultimately decided to because it seemed silly just to leave it out. It’s our reality right now, and my aim as a DIY and craft blogger is to continue to provide you with awesome activities that you can do at home to keep boredom from seeping in.
Sketch It Out
I always recommend drawing out your garden. You don’t have to be an artist, and I certainly am not!
The idea of the sketch is to really help your mind focus on what you want it to, which is to plan your garden! It also makes your plans just a touch more concrete. It’s very much like writing your goals down, it makes it a bit more real. Which is a good thing!
There’s no right or wrong way to do this, but I like to take a picture of the gardening space and consult it as needed. The picture will help remind you what area you’re working with and a quick reference, so you don’t have to get up and shuffle outside every time you aren’t sure!
I then base my sketch on my pictures but add in the details of what I want to do with that space.
Preparing Your Plants
Depending on your regional growing zone, you may have to prep some seedlings inside before the soil warms up enough for plants to grow outside.
You can buy seed starting trays quite inexpensively from online retailers like Amazon or your local gardening stores. The main thing most experts will recommend to you is that you choose a soil that is specially formulated for seedling growth. For more information, I highly recommend you check out Gardener’s Supply Company’s post about growing seedlings.
If you are fortunate to live in a warmer climate with a longer growing season, you may not need to start your garden indoors. Other options also include purchasing plants from your local garden center that are ready for transplant when the soil is warm enough. No matter which option you choose, always be sure to research what soil requirements the plant you want will require and be sure to provide that to them.
Cute Additions To Plants
While people tend to focus mostly on the types of plants they want and the care involved in cultivating those, another thing to consider is what other items you may wish to have in your garden.
I like to use markers to remember where I planted certain things, particularly useful when they haven’t sprouted yet, and you need to keep it straight, so you don’t under or over water. You can be a simple as using bricks with writing on them, such as this neat idea from Simple Details. You can also get even more creative. I’ve seen some designs that include finding rocks and painting them with the picture of the vegetable you’re planting there.
Tiki Torches – Different Version
We’ve all seen the tiki torches you can find in most gardening sections of the store. If they aren’t your favorite or are a little too “tropical” for your tastes, you can create your own version that suits your decor far better.
You can find the full tutorial at Little Things, creating these torches from recycled glass bottles, and using decorative pebbles puts a unique spin on the traditional torches!
Bees are essential pollinators and I love the idea of encouraging them to set up shop right in my own garden. Building your own bee hotel helps support more solitary bees that do amazing work in nature, like mason bees. These bees don’t live in hives, but they don’t mind living close to each other, some experts call them “communal” bees.
Many gardening shops now sell small houses, but you can easily make your own. For this, I recommend you check out Modern Farmer’s post on How to Build a Native Bee Hotel, it’s simple to follow, and in no time you can entice some of these insects to set up their homes in your garden.
If you have some old galvanized pails or even an old wheelbarrow you aren’t using anymore, you can repurpose these into rustic “vases” for some of your plants.
Terra Cotta Crafting
Terra cotta pots are relatively inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes. They can also be painted to suit your decor needs. Check out this cool Gazing Ball from Hearth & Vine, for example! Simple yet gorgeous!
Bird Feeder Ideas
Birds are also excellent pollinators, so if you like feathered visitors to your garden, you may want to entice them with some yummy seeds. For this, you’ll want a bird feeder. Bushel & A Peck has a quick and straightforward tutorial on how to make one with a teacup and saucer!
Pebble Art Pathway
Pebbles can be a gorgeous addition to your garden decor, and you can arrange them in an artful pattern or simply just lay them down randomly for a more simplistic look. This Old House has a great in-depth tutorial for you if you’re curious about how to make one for yourself.
Final Thoughts On Gardening
As you can hopefully see from this post, gardening is not a terribly expensive hobby. You can absolutely plan a garden for around $50 or less, depending on how elaborate you like to make your outdoor oasis. In general, you can find most materials at your local hardware store, thrift store, gardening store, or online.
Convinced but still want a little helping hand? My crafting workbook printable can help you there (gardening is just another form of crafting after all!). By joining my mailing list, after responding to the confirmation email, you’ll receive the link to snag your pdf copy. My mailing list is free, and I do not email you daily (you can unsubscribe if it all becomes too much). Sign up below!
As always, I love it when people share my content on their favorite social media platform and pin it to Pinterest!
Next week’s blog post is going to interest you if you’re struggling to work from home. The post will be packed with gorgeous decor options as well as ways to increase your productivity. Until then, stay crafty my friends!