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5 DIY Gardening Hacks for Even the Tiniest Backyard

December 4, 2023 at 2:42 PM PST
Updated on December 18, 2023 at 2:42 PM PST
Garden DIY Garden

5 DIY Gardening Hacks for Even the Tiniest Backyard

December 4, 2023 at 2:42 PM PST
Updated on December 18, 2023 at 2:42 PM PST

Having an enormous backyard where you have space to grow your fruits, veggies and have an extravagant rose garden is goals. But depending on where you live, like a condo, apartment or even a home with a relatively small backyard, that might not be realistic just yet. But if you’ve got the green thumb without the room to let it thrive, these gardening hacks will help use what you got to transform even the tiniest corner into a lush paradise. Roll up your sleeves, grab your gardening tools, and dig into these creative ideas.

Garden tools
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The Potted Oasis

If you don’t have any ground, you can get cute planters like, classic terracotta pots to modern ceramic planters and hanging baskets, or repurpose some containers like candle jars to create a container carden to thrive on a balcony, patio, or even a sunny windowsill or floor. Just make sure they have drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
For plants, you can grow aromatic herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro, providing you with fresh ingredients for your culinary adventures. Dwarf fruit trees, such as lemon or fig, are also suitable for containers, offering both beauty and produce. Group plants with similar needs together to simplify maintenance.

The Fairy-Tale Mini Pond

Imagine having your own serene water feature, even in the smallest of backyards or on a compact balcony. It’s possible with a DIY mini pond—a charming addition that can transform your outdoor space into a tranquil oasis.
You can use a large ceramic bowl, an old whiskey barrel, or even a decorative trough. Be sure that your chosen container is waterproof and able to hold water without leaking.
Next, add water to your container, filling it to the depth of your liking. Consider adding a water pump or fountain for a soothing trickling sound and elevated vibes.
Then you’ll be ready to introduce aquatic plants to your mini pond. Water lilies, water hyacinths, and miniature lotus plants are excellent choices.
If you want to take it a step further, consider adding a few small goldfish or guppies to your mini pond. They bring life into the space, while helping control mosquito larvae.
To complete the look, surround your mini pond with decorative stones, pebbles, and aquatic-themed ornaments. You can also place a couple of small potted plants nearby to create a harmonious transition from your mini pond to the rest of your garden.

Vertical plants
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The Green Wall Wonder

If you find yourself with a small backyard or no backyard at all, vertical gardening can be your move. Vertical gardening is all about using often-overlooked vertical space to create a stunning and space-saving garden.
It can be as easy as identifying a wall or fence in your outdoor area or even on your balcony. Then, install wall-mounted planters or repurpose old wooden pallets into vertical planters, making sure they are securely attached to the wall.
Then, carefully select your plants. Choose varieties that thrive in vertical environments, such as succulents, herbs like basil and rosemary, and small flowering plants like petunias. Make sure they get plenty of sunshine—or shade, depending on their needs.
Fill the planters with nutrient-rich soil and arrange your chosen plants creatively. You can mix and match colors, textures, and sizes to create a visually appealing living wall. As your plants grow, they will cover the vertical space, creating a breathtaking green tapestry.

The Hanging Garden Marvel

When ground space is at a premium, consider looking up—at a hanging garden
To build, you’ll need sturdy hooks, brackets, or a railing to suspend your planters securely. Balconies, porches, and pergolas are great spots for them.
Choose a variety of hanging planters that match your aesthetic. You can go for classic macramé hangers for a bohemian look or modern, minimalist planters for a contemporary style.
For plant selection, go for cascading and trailing plants that thrive in hanging environments. Consider options like Boston ferns, trailing ivy, pothos, vibrant petunias, or colorful fuchsia.
Just remember to water your hanging plants regularly, as they may dry out more quickly than those in traditional pots.

Succulent plant
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The Succulent Sensation

Succulents are the darlings of the gardening world, and they are delightful effortless additions to small spaces. These hardy, low-maintenance plants come in so mant colors and shapes, making them a perfect choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners.
To create a stunning succulent garden, gather an assortment of shallow containers. Think outside the box, like old wooden drawers, vintage tins, or even repurposed wooden pallets can work.
Choose a variety of succulents with different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some popular options include echeverias, sedums, and aeoniums. Arrange them in your chosen containers, mixing and matching for a cute little display.
Succulents require well-draining soil to thrive, so use a specialized succulent or cactus mix. Make sure they receive plenty of sunlight, ideally around six hours of indirect light per day.


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