Looking for a weekend project to spruce up your narrow garden space? Space can definitely become an issue when your garden is slim or narrow. These 21 easy gardening ideas will help you transform your garden into the perfect, tranquil space without too much fuss and help you utilize every area.
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Perennials are a great way to cut down on the work you put into your garden every year. They usually come back each year, so they’re low maintenance and there are many different types of perennials available so you can have a colorful garden without much hassle. Diversify your garden with perennials that are in bloom at different times, for example, Peonies (April-June), Hydrangeas (May-July), and Yarrow (June-September). When the soil is most workable in the spring or fall, it is a great time to plant perennials–specifically those that need deep roots and prefer partial shade. You’ll want to do some research on how these specific types need to be cared for and maintained.
Annual flowers make brilliant gap fillers
Annuals are great at maintaining the garden by offering fresh plant life each year. They can make your garden look lush and beautifully full towards the end of its life cycle.
There are many beautiful types of annual plants that gardeners need to be aware of in order to have an aesthetically pleasing garden. Mixing in chrysanthemums, poppies, marigolds, and petunia between your perennials can fill in gaps and add more colors to your garden. It’s important to only plant annuals in the spring, summer or fall because if you plant them too early or too late in the season, they may not survive.
Weeding doesn’t need to be a chore
Weeding your garden isn’t something to take lightly. It’s important to keep these five facts in mind: weed on a regular basis, use a garden hoe, don’t yank the roots, weed when the soil is wet, and never pull up seedlings.
There are a few ways to keep weeds under control in your garden. You can make a cheap, natural weed killer by mixing vinegar, salt, and soap. Another great way is to place plastic sheeting over the weeds or cover them with newspapers or mulch.
User wildflowers to make an impact
You can grow your garden flowers in a more natural and free form with this wildflower bomb. Throw them all around your garden to create a space that is easier to manage and matches the mood you’re looking for. When planting your wildflower garden, make sure that the area is in full sunlight & isn’t deeply buried. Plants need water, but over-watering can be detrimental to durability. Wildflowers are the perfect way to make your garden more diverse, and they can be very easy to manage. Butterflies and bees will come for your flowers, and they’re easy to take care of with just a little bit of water.
Why not plant a tree
Your garden may be looking a little bare and empty. A tree could provide you with the privacy and shade it needs. When landscaping your garden, it might be a good idea to consider the size and height of the tree before planting it. Small trees like Japanese maples, crab apples, and magnolias will be perfect for smaller gardens while peach or plum trees will provide ample shade with their tall canopy. If you need to plant a new tree, it won’t take up more than an hour of your time–just make sure you dig the hole wide enough and make sure the tree is standing straight before you fill in the hole.
Create a herb or vegetable garden
While gardens are great for adding charm to any space, some people are growing to produce on their front lawns. You can easily grow a vegetable garden by sowing seeds or by planting a pre-grown plant.
First-timers would do well to add tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, peppers, and carrots to their diet. It will also save you money in the process as you’re preserving the seeds for later use.
With vegetables, growing from seeds or pre-grown is an option – the same applies to herbs. To avoid overwhelming yourself with looking for seeds or picking from a multitude of options, take a look at some beginner-friendly herbs like sage, parsley, oregano, and basil.
Utilize raised garden beds
Add a raised bed for easy access to your harvest! Not only will it improve the look of your garden, but raised beds also provide plenty of benefits such as better drainage and reduced weed issues. Building a garden bed can be easy, all you need are some 2x4s, screws, and a power drill. If you don’t want to use power tools, building a garden bed out of cinder blocks is an option that’s worth considering.
Move your plants to a new place
If you are buying plants from the store or if your existing plants are not doing well, you can move them to another area of your garden! You might have to move your existing shrubs and perennials if they need more sunlight, are receiving too much light, or are located in the wrong spot. To complete this task, you’ll need a wheelbarrow, spade, shovel, and some burlap. Getting plants on the ground before summer comes can make a big difference in how they grow.
Use a fence for protection
Looking to keep critters away from your garden? Install a garden fence that will protect your flowers and vegetables from hungry animals. Fences are a good way to protect your veggies & herbs from animals, as well as protect them from strong winds. If you opt for pressure-treated lumber like 2×4 rails, 4×4 posts, and mesh wiring, not only can you create a barrier animal-free veggie garden but you will be able to keep the wind out.
Create a window box for your plants
Transform your home with colorful window boxes! These are perfect for those of you who don’t have a lot of space or gardening knowledge or skills. They can be placed on a sill or balcony make an impactful impact on your home. Fill your window box with a variety of colorful flowers like petunias, begonias, thyme, or mint. Trees planted at the height of your windows offers added protection for your plants, which are kept safe from most animals.
Make use of compost
Composting is a great way to nurture your garden – not only will it help you keep plants healthy and thriving, but it’s also the perfect addition to any garden. It can be hard to create compost from scratch, but you can save both money and the environment by using what’s around. You can use fruit & vegetable scraps, grass clippings, dry leaves, pieces of wood – many household items – to build a compost bin.
Build a potato box
Growing vegetables in a small space? Consider building your own DIY potato box to save room! It’s easy to build using wood, screws, and deck screws. Prep your pot with existing soil or a mix of potting soil, compost, or finely chopped mulch before planting. Plant your potatoes about 3-4 inches deep, then cover them in the soil. They should be ready for harvest in 4 months’ time!
Allocate a corner for your plants
Create a potting bench in your garden to keep all of your gardening supplies neat & tidy. One corner, like an old dresser or table, could be perfect! Use space inside the bench to store smaller containers. This garden workstation is the perfect solution if you want to save space while still getting things done. It can be used not only for planting but for storing all your tools as well. Things like shovels, hoses, pruners, or even pocket snips should fit well in here.
Fauxliage is low maintenance
Fauxliage is a great option for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining their garden as it doesn’t lose its shape or color! Faux plants are an easy-care addition to any planter or window box. Combine them with real plants for a natural look that requires less maintenance. Try adding some artificial plants to your garden if you want a lush feel with lots of different colors. No one will ever know they’re fake!
Make use of containers
Container gardening is a great way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers in the city! Don’t worry about lack of space–you can use containers like pots, buckets, or even old coffee cans to make a garden on your balcony or patio. Potted plants are a great addition to nearly any garden or relaxation area. But did you know that fresh paint can really help bring your old pots back to life? Despite taking some time, the end result will be worth it when you see how good your pots look. All you need are some paint, soil & fertilizer to get started! Keep in mind how big your plant is when deciding on a container. Some planters have drainage holes which are very helpful for the root system to grow without being too wet.
Hang your plants in baskets
Improve your garden by hanging planters with colorful flowers and lush greenery using macrame! You can buy a pot of your favorite color and use an ordinary string to create knots (square, half-square, or noose) depending on what you like best. Make your outdoor space a little more colorful by hanging pots from your porch, pergola, or trellis.
Save water with rain barrels
A rain barrel will help conserve and reuse water for your garden. You could easily get a rain barrel and never worry about irrigating your plants with a hose again. This will not only save you time but money, while still producing healthy plants! Simply place your barrel under the gutter to maximize water yield. Making your own rain barrel is kind of like making your own PVC pipe. All you will need is a 32-gallon trash can, downspout extension, and spigot.
Plant inside walls
If you find your walls are looking a bit too drab, one way to make them more interesting is to create some living garden walls with succulents. If you need to make a planter quickly, this DIY succulent wall planter is the perfect option. It only requires some wire, mix, plywood & succulents – inexpensive materials that can be found at any local hardware or garden store. If you are worried about watering your plants or lack the time to care for them at all, then succulents are the perfect fit. They require minimal watering and they offer a whole range of different designs that many people have used to create their own succulent garden.
Add a birdhouse to your trees
Add some wildlife diversity to your garden area and check the chickadee population becomes more sustainable by building a birdhouse! There are plenty of free tutorials on how to make this for yourself, all you need is a little time and effort. Why not try showing your garden some love with a birdhouse or a bird feeder? Add a plastic bottle to the roof of your house, fill it with water and some seed, and watch as birds flock from all over. It’s also another great way to create an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!
Add storage space with garden ladders
Decorate your backyard with a garden ladder! Backyard gardens provide much-needed space in small, limited spaces and can increase your outdoor living space. The perfect solution for small backyards. Here is a simple, easy DIY project to build a garden ladder so you can reach your plants in the back of the garden. Once you’ve either built or bought your ladder, put some of your favorite plants at the top to showcase your plants effectively.
Make your garden space higher
Vertical space in your garden can be made to seem more expansive by including trellis panels or a pergola. The lattice pattern on these is perfect for growing vine-growing plants, such as climbing roses, summer cascade wisterias, or morning garlands. You could also use them in the vegetable garden to grow cucumbers, squash, and peas. To make a really nice garden area, why not add a hanging planter full of colorful flowers to your pergola or trellis? You’ll be surrounded by nature!