Hey Everyone! If you’re thumb is starting to turn green like mine, then this may be a good post for you!
Recently, I created, crafted, constructed, (whatever you’d like to call it), a garden in my back yard. I have received a lot of feedback from friends and family, and they mentioned that I should show others how to DIY this garden! It definitely took some time, so if you’re not much of a patient person…this may not be for you. Considering the season we are now in, it might a little too late to start a garden, though this can still give you tips on how to do it at some time.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
(Everything listed is what I used, though you do not have to follow everything if you have an idea.)
- Screwdriver (screws come with the hardware, so don’t worry)
- Staple gun (they come empty, so make sure you get staples)
- Tape Measure
- Nails (you can chose the size depending on the wood you buy)
- Wire for fencing (make sure you get enough to cover the perimeter of the garden, I suggest measuring it first)
- Sold in the Garden Center
- Like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Blue-Hawk-Rolled-Wire-Galvanized-Steel-Poultry-Netting-Common-25-ft-x-3-ft-Actual-25-ft-x-3-ft/4780953
- Wood Stakes for Perimeter (I used 6, but I would suggest 7)
- Sold in Garden Center
- Usually like 5 feet tall, and 1 inch x 1, or 2 inch x 2
- 2- Door Hinges
- Gate Hardware (the thing that you secure gate with and lock, not sure what the term is)
- Cute sign for the door (I got mine at Target; in the dollar section)
- Peat Pots (these are made of material that will disintegrate into the ground)
- Seeds (veggies, fruits, flowers)
- Shovel (better to get the straight head one to pull up more grass, but I used a regular one)
- Mini Shovel for planting
- Garden gloves
- 4 Pieces of wood (cut them the width and height you would like for the door, they can cut the wood at Lowes if you have your dimensions)
- I used 2- 2 x 2, and 2- 4 x 1 boards.
- Wire Cutter
CUTE GARDEN SIGNS:
- Landscape Stakes for Labeling
- Acrylic Paint
- You can chose whatever colors you like!
- Sharpie (I used this to make the design before painting)
- Mod Podge (I used this to secure the paint from being damage by the weather)
TOTAL: $55 (roughly)
WHERE TO START?
1. Plant your seeds in a Peat Pot first! Add your seeds to the dirt, place outside in the sun, and water daily!
- Make sure you watch out for the weather conditions, and treat your plant depending on them. They will start to bloom and grow easier than they will in the ground.
2. When you see some growth, aka some green things coming out of the dirt, you can now plant them into the Earth!
-If you don’t already have a bed of dirt to plant in, you will need to create one like I did. That’s what the shovel is for! You have to determine what size garden you would like, and then start shredding up the grass with the shovel. It will indeed take lots of muscles and time, but it will be worth it!-
3. After you plant the whole Peat Pot into the ground, make sure to mark the ground with your cute garden signs!
4. Grab your long wooden stakes, leaving two out, and hammer them into the ground around the perimeter of the garden. Try to get them evenly spaced, so that your fence stands up well, and leave at least one slot a little bigger so there is room for the door. The two that you left out, are for the door. Place them a little farther apart than the dimensions of the door; I suggest maybe 1- 2 inches on each side.
5. Design your door! I would suggest making the door before you attach anything. Use your nails and hammer to connect the 4 boards together in the shape of a square or rectangle, depending on the length of the boards.
6. Cut the chicken wire to the measurements of your door, and attach with a staple gun.
7. Attach the door hinges to the door first; one at the top and one at the bottom. All screws and instructions should come with the hinges. If you don’t know how to install hinges, here is a video example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a_NdZU2XVw
8. Then attach the other side of the hinge to the post where you would like the door to be placed. Make sure they are leveled, If you don’t have a partner…put a brick under the gate to hold up the other side so it’s not sagging.
9. Next, attach the door latch thingy to the other side, across from the hinges. The screws are included with it too, and instructions on how to put the front part on and the base.
Now that the door is secure, there is only one last step: Adding the fence!
10. Stretch the chicken wire out and try to make it as flat as possible. Start wherever you would like, a stretch the wire from one post to the next, securing it with your staple gun up and down each post. Cut when necessary, and make sure to trim the ends so they aren’t pokey and rough. Finish the whole perimeter of the garden doing the same process.
YOU JUST MADE A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN!
Now that you’re finished and constructed something beautiful, you need to make sure your garden actually flourishes.
There are different things you could use to help your garden grow:
- Bug Dust- to keep bugs and diseases away from your plants
- Tomato Wire Funnel- to help the plant grow vertically and support the heavy tomatoes
- Vegetable Food- there are little pellet food you can buy to strengthen the veggies to grow healthy and strong.
- Miracle Grow- This stuff really works, if you want to spend the extra money!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to have a Green Thumb!
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