With summer well on the way in the northern hemisphere it’s time to dig out the gardening gloves gathering dust in the tool shed. If, like me, you are in need of a few fresh ideas for your perfect country house looking garden, here are a fifteen designs, decorations and an irrigation trick or two you might want to try out.
These are TOP 15 smart ideas that will awaken your inner gardener:
1. Raised garden beds.
This is a clever way to decorate your garden and at the same time it makes gardening a little easier since it’s closer to reach. There are many different designs you could try out and they’re quite easy to put together: build boxes in any shape you like using wooden slabs, put some cardboard and metal mesh at the bottom and fill it up with soil.
Since you get to pick the size and design it works in any size garden. A variety of shapes and sizes could also be a fun experiment.
2. Staircase garden.
Perfect for those sloping yards that seem impossible to turn into the dream garden. Similar to the raised gardens you simply build wooden boxed off sections on different levels to create the idea of a giant staircase.
Make sure each ‘step’ is level so the soil won’t wash out after the first rain shower. Mix it up with a different garden layout on each layer!
3. Floating greens.
Another great way to save space in your garden is by suspending flower pots over perhaps another garden patch, or wherever you have a spot free.
Get creative with a makeshift construction to hang these pots using wires or strong rope. This is a great way to flowers and strawberries for example.
If you are sick of weeds this idea might be perfect for you. Mulching is covering the surface of your soil with mulch mats that block out sunrays. It might not be the best idea for decorating but it sure makes cleaning up a lot faster as it keeps weeds from growing.
No more weeding the garden every single week! Perhaps this works for people with bigger fruit and vegetable gardens or maybe a greenhouse?
5. Climbing plants.
Now this is by far my favorite way to decorate a garden! Either plant a ‘ladder’ made from wood or steel against a wall for the plants to start climbing up or you could use an arch.
Both give you a beautiful living decoration for your garden; and once again it works in a big or small garden. You could also get creative with your own constructions to create a plant wall somewhere else in the garden, like this grapevine on a home-made trellis.
6. Wall farm.
Practical and easy. By securing layers of rectangular flower pots to a wall you can create a vertical garden that is not only a space saver but also protect the wall from sun damage. Mix it up with different plants to bring some color into the garden.
7. Irrigation system.
If you are expanding your garden it will require a lot of care and frequent watering and that sounds like a lot work… Installing this simple irrigation system will help to ensure your new vegetable patch or flower beds gets all the care it needs with a little less backbreaking effort from your side.
Connect a hose to a lateral beam and add sprinklers to it. Connect this hose with another one that also hooks up to the tap and there you have it! Just don’t forget to close the tap again before drowning your poor seedlings.
8. DIY drip irrigation system made from plastic bottles.
If the hoses and pipes seem a bit daunting you could always try recycling old plastic bottles and make your own drip irrigation. Simply take 2 liter bottles and make a few holes in the sides and a few at the bottom. Now plant these bottles between your plants and fill them up with water.
The water will slowly leak out of the holes and filter into the soil around it. Watering from the root area instead of overhead will also prevent fungus and reduce some leaf problems. You are saving yourself time while helping the Earth by recycling!
Using strong metal you can create a sort of cage and fill it up with stones or other durable materials to create these decorative walls or fences in your garden.
They look great and also help deter pests like rodents that enjoy the feast you lay out for them after grueling hard work. These fence like walls are also low maintenance for those who prefer a garden that keeps itself.
10. Flower décor.
Flowers help to make your garden look bright, they smell great and can also help keep those pesky pests away from your precious vegetable patch.
Be sure to plant a few flowers along your garden beds to help keep unwanted guests at bay while bringing color to your garden.
11. Cobblestone walkway.
If you love all things from the romantic period then I don’t have to tell you how these walkways will compliment your garden and your personality. Using this frame or cobblestone mold, you can create your own cobblestone walkway!
Decide where you want your walkway and clear out all plants and grass. Mix a bag of cement and pour the mixture carefully into the frame. Smooth the surface and carefully lift the frame, leaving behind the cement that has now been set to look like the perfect cobblestone path. Certainly beats having to build a walkway by doing a cobblestone jigsaw puzzle.
12. Stone art.
For those who don’t mind putting in the extra time and effort there are some great ideas for creating your own cobblestone design in the garden. It’s a great way to put your own personal touch in the garden and reveal your artistic side to visitors. Use different color pebbles and smooth stones to really make your design stand out.
13. Beds for the lazy gardener.
I definitely fall into this category, so building my own flowerbeds seem like a bit too much work for me. How about you? Well if that is the case there are many other, already existing, materials that can be used to as garden beds instead.
Think about aluminum cans or old boots for flower pots or even kegs for bigger ones. And then there are also plastic crates you can use to start your vegetable patch. The best thing about the plastic crates: you can move them around until you finally decide what looks best! Get creative over and over again!
14. Broken flower pot decoration.
Yet another way to recycle while sprucing up your garden is by using old broken flower pots in a whole new way. You could try creating your own ‘mini gardens’ like these. Add smaller pots and create layers that you fill up with small flowers or succulents.
Small ornaments will add to its esthetic and make it look like a fairy garden! Maybe real fairies might actually come for a visit? Planting these flower pots on their side in your garden you can create the illusion of flowers spilling from them. It looks really cool and is definitely a unique way to use old flowerpots. or what not.
15. DIY bird feeder.
Now that you have your pretty garden all set to go, you can add some sounds to smells and colors with a makeshift bird feeder. Old flower pots can be used once again to help decorate the garden and feed your flying companions.
Imagine reading your favorite book with some natural background music. You can also try one of these designs with old ice cream sticks, or as usual feel free to put your own creative spin on it! You don’t even have to leave your yard to enjoy the summer sun.
Have fun creating your perfect garden and let us know what you have planned in the comments! Your ideas may just inspire others to get out and about in the wonderful, healthy sunshine. Remember to rate this article “TOP 15 smart ideas that will awaken your inner gardener” and share it with your friends!
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