It’s time to share our top garden projects of the year.
The top picks include an unusual greenhouse, a dual-function privacy wall, and super sturdy plant supports for tomatoes and climbing vines. These DIY projects include tutorials and each will make your backyard space a little better.
10 Best Garden Projects of the Year
Every year at this time I like to look back over all the projects I worked on throughout the year to picks favourites and gather ideas moving forward.
As an avid list-maker, I keep a wish list of all the things I would love to make or build (you can use Trello if you like free, visual planning tools), and each year I manage to knock a few off the list.
Here’s some of the things I made this year:
1 DIY Lean-to Greenhouse
I almost didn’t build this one because I was hesitant to spend money on the supplies. But, it ended up being a really neat project and completely worth it. You will see what you mean when you view the video showing what it looks like from inside our covered patio.
During spring and summer, I will use the greenhouse mainly for seed-sowing. During the fall and winter, it is perfect for growing cool-weather veggies.
2 DIY Obelisk
I’ve never had good luck growing melons in our back garden because there isn’t much full sun. I built this super sturdy obelisk (without the traditional pointed top) to grow a watermelon vertically. It worked really well, and I got lots of flowers and fruit.
3 DIY Tree Branch Crib
This is a project I had in my head for years! It’s an odd idea but perfect for the back corner of our garden. I get a lot of dead branches from the trees in our yard and like to hang onto them knowing they are both good for the wild things and useful for DIY projects. If you’re someone who likes a garden as tidy as your house, don’t even bother to look! It’s just for those who love a more naturalized garden.
4 DIY Tomato Cage
What a difference a super sturdy tomato cage makes! You can make them from cattle panels (firm wire mesh sheets) or use wood like I did here. They do a great job supporting indeterminate tomato vines (the ones that just keep growing and growing), and they are perfect for supporting other tall plants like delphiniums.
5 DIY Privacy Screen
This was one of my first projects of the year and it ended up being a favourite. An old tree by our house lost its largest branches in a storm and with that we lost a good, natural privacy barrier. I build the privacy screen really tall and added built-in bug hotels.
6 DIY Water Feature
This idea is perfect for small spaces and, if you have never created a little pond or water feature before, you’ll soon learn how easy it is.
7 DIY Fairy Garden Charms
Each winter I get back into favorite indoor projects including embroidery, knitting, quilting, painting, and making polymer clay charms. Many miniature garden accessories are very expensive, and this is a good way to cut costs and make some sweet tiny things.
I’m including this one because there are good examples of ways to solve garden problems without wasting money. And the more you save, the more you have for good things like seeds and plants.
9 DIY Garden Art Flowers
Over the years I have been making large garden art versions of the most common flowers in my garden: iconic ones like daisies, coneflowers, and alliums. Click through for tutorials to make them all.
10 DIY Garden Ladder Boots
This was another somewhat goofy but fun idea. Old wooden ladders are wonderful in the garden, but the wood is prone to rotting. To get around this, I bought my ladder boots from the thrift shop for each of its feet and cemented them on to make it sturdy. It’s silly and cute. And it works.
here’s the most popular plant propagation tip of the year:
How to Grow Avocado from Seed the Easy Way: no toothpicks required!
And now, onto the new year!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛