Now that spring is in full swing, the urge to get outside is irresistible. Every budding tree and blossoming flower feels exciting after such a long winter, and gardening provides a great way to enjoy the season, get a little exercise, and have fun with your friends. If you’re not sure how to get started, check out the easy gardening projects below.
Easy Gardening Projects
Start an Herb Garden
Herbs are easy to grow and well worth the effort. Not only will you get the satisfaction of caring for plants and watching them grow, but you’ll also be able to use the herbs in your cooking. We recommend that you use transplants from your favorite local nursery, as growing herbs from seeds can be a little tricky and time-consuming. You can plant the herbs in the ground or in pots, but make sure that they receive the proper amount of sunlight. Which herbs should you grow? That depends on your taste preferences! Some popular choices are basil, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, mint, oregano, sage, and parsley.
Top-Dress a Pot
If you enjoy using pots in your garden, consider top-dressing them for a fun and extremely simple project. All you need is some decorative materials and a potted plant. Spread the materials on top of the soil, adjusting them to suit your aesthetic preferences. The materials will add some visual interest to the pot and also help the soil retain moisture after you water the plant. Options for decorative materials include seashells, marbles, smooth stones, and sheet moss. Visit a garden center for more ideas.
Create a Hummingbird Haven
Who doesn’t love spotting a speedy hummingbird in their garden? For a simple challenge, you could try planting flowers that will tempt hummingbirds to hang around your garden. According to Birds & Blooms, red flowers (like daylilies, columbines, cardinal flowers, peonies, coral bells, and oriental poppies) are known to attract hummingbirds. HGTV also recommends purple blooms like delphinium, foxglove, butterfly bushes (which will also attract butterflies, of course), and salvia. Consider purchasing a hummingbird feeder for your garden as well.
Have you ever visited a lovely, elaborate garden and stared in awe at the trellises supporting climbing plants? Believe it or not, it’s not too tricky to achieve this gorgeous gardening feat at home! Simply purchase a trellis at your local garden shop (or create one if you’re handy with tools) as well as a climbing plant. Talk to the salespeople at the garden shop to ensure your trellis and plant will work well together, as climbing plants edge upward in different ways; some wrap around a structure, some curl, and some adhere. Prepare the soil well and put the trellis in place before you plant. Then, watch in wonder as the plant grows up, using the trellis for support.
When it comes to easy gardening projects, the ideas above are just the tip of the iceberg. With a little exploring online, you can find a plethora of gardening projects to keep you busy until autumn arrives. Be sure to check out our blog post Gardening Tips for Beginners as well.
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