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DIY Garden Ideas and Tips

Updated on May 25, 2015

A Happy Home Deserves A Happy Garden

Putting Your Green Thumb to Good Use

Gardening is the practice of growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, and even exotic plants or herbs. Not only does it make a home and yard more attractive, but it is also a very therapeutic hobby. Gardening is fun because it can use a variety of tools, designs, and techniques. Gardening can be done in planters or in the ground, from seeds or from pre-made plants, and isn't only about plants, a good garden has an eyecatching landscape and myriad of decorations and flourishes with plant friendly bugs and worms. Is your garden lacking in charm or missing something? Use these tips to make this years garden your best yet, one you can be proud of, and look forward to enjoying a cup of tea in the morning.

Decorative Rocks

Gardening rocks are a cute touch whether it's stepping stones for larger gardens or fill in rocks for side gardens around houses. There are rocks/stones of different textures, shapes, and sizes to fit the style of your garden. Here are just two unique ideas of how to turn stones into garden d├ęcor.

Personalize Garden Rocks

Personalize Garden Stones with Any Message

Personalized rocks are a cute idea for a Gardner of any skill level. You can personalize rocks online for as little as $10. Need some ideas?

  • Celebrate holidays
  • Remember anniversaries and important dates
  • Children and pet names
  • Welcoming greetings
  • The Garden's name and day it was made

Rock Art

Show Your Creative Side

Rock painting is fun, inexpensive, and easy to do. All you need are stones, paint, and a brush. This is similar to the personalized message because the painting is unique to you. You can paint animals, colors, faces, anything you can think of. Those with a higher art skill can show off their talent and paint more detailed things and with glue you can even add gems and glitter. Have young kids? This is an activity they will love. If you don't wanna mess, you can also use crayons and let the little ones scribble away. Not super artistic? No worries. You can always paint rocks solid colors and use them in planters or as garden borders, and it still looks cute.

Old Boots As Flower Holders

A cute idea for pre-planted flowers that only need a small space. This will also make them easier to water and get sun light.
A cute idea for pre-planted flowers that only need a small space. This will also make them easier to water and get sun light.

Cement Planters

The More detailed Instructions

  • 1 part cement (About 2 quarts)
  • 1/4 part of peat ( about 1 pint)
  • a handful of vermiculite and mortar mix
  • water, about 2 quarts, add slowly as you mix!
  • Drape the mixture over a table, log, or lamp. Experiment with different sizes.
  • Paint with 2 coats for best results.

Things to Add to Your Garden

Tiki Torches
Small Pond w/Fish
Baby's Breath

Gardening Signs

Chalkboard Signs

Use a chalkboard as a way to write messages for your garden. Make a cute or funny message, or a check list of plants to be cultivated/watered/etc. Use smaller signs to keep track of plant names or how many days left it has to be picked (If it's an edible plant).

Use Pallets to Make Garden Furniture


  • Find your desired pallet (No scratches, good condition will have a better result)
  • Cut it to desired width with a saw
  • Use thick pallet lats from another pallet to make legs
  • Measure the height to where the seat will be and drill two holes, through the leg and side of the seat
  • Place a bolt through one of the holes and slightly tighten, do this on either side
  • Measure the front 2 legs and drill 2 holes through them. Place a bolt through one hole
  • Nail a pallet lat across the top for the backing of the seat/bench
  • For the top of the sides measure 2 inches above the height, cut the top into a point and nail them on
  • Measure the width of the seat, cut two pallet lats and drill, bolt them to the legs 6 inches above the ground
  • Nail the front of the seat the same way you did the top
  • Cut two pieces for the sides and nail them onto both sides
  • Put in the remaining bolts and make them all very tight
  • Paint or stain as desired!
  • If you are more of a visual person, a visual guide can be found in the link below.

Clever Way to Keep Animals Out

Use Tea to Stop Attacks

Gardening Poll

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      Neetu M 

      9 months ago from USA

      A fun read, Jocelyn. How do plastic forks keep pets and animals from destroying the garden, though?


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