Who else has been enjoying all of this glorious sunshine we’ve had this past week?! Days like these get me excited for working in the garden.
The prospect of starting a garden from scratch can be intimidating and all of those beautiful pots at the store can be so expensive. I’ve found a few books in our library collection to tickle your creative side.
You can make your garden truly your own and maybe repurpose some long lost and unused items at the same time. Depending on how comfortable you are with DIY, these projects range from easy to advanced.
Potted by Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray is full of crafty ideas on how to decorate pots and containers for your home and garden.
This book is organized by different materials: concrete, plastics, metals, terra-cotta, and organic. There were certainly some unique projects in here, like repurposing roof vents into wall pouch planters and turning empty paint cans into hanging plant holders. While some of these projects seem daunting, there might be a few that you find yourself saying “I can do that!”
Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts by Debbie Wolfe is full of all sorts of ideas to spruce up your garden, and how to get the most from it.
This one was my favorite book of the bunch. It is obvious that Debbie spends a lot of time caring for her garden and her project ideas come intuitively. Debbie shares better planting ideas, food storage projects, unique upcycled planters, nature preservation crafts, and so much more on how to make the processes easier and keep the garden organized and beautiful.
Upcycling Outdoors by Max McMurdo is all about reclaiming old materials into something beautiful for your yard or garden. Max has organized his book into sections based off of what type of project you are looking for. While he does have a certain style, many of these projects are worth attempting for the cool factor. Even if you don’t have a lot of junk around the house, Max spends some time talking about how to forage through odds and ends materials to find that diamond in the rough.
Max uses all sorts of materials to make beautiful planters like copper pipes, gutters, boat fenders and even a suitcase. He also has a section on homemade yard games and includes a project for a picnic bike set! Max’s projects are a little more advanced, but he does know his stuff and includes a lot of basic information on how to use tools and different techniques.
Looking for ways to spend time with the kids outside? What better way than in the garden! Gardening Projects for Kids by Jenny Hendy is full of fun projects to do together. There are all kinds of projects like what to grow, how to attract wildlife and garden decor. This book is a great beginner how-to of gardening. Kids will learn different terms, garden safety, plant care and fun crafts to do in the garden and with the harvest.