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37 Easy DIY Garden Ideas on a Budget

37 Easy DIY Garden Ideas on a Budget

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”  –  Leo Buscaglia

Building a garden in your backyard can be a rewarding experience. There’s nothing more satisfying than heading out into your backyard, picking your vegetables, and preparing a fresh meal with ingredients from your garden.

You don’t need to have an extensive farm; you just need a small garden with a few different types of vegetables. So set aside a weekend and get your garden started.

Whether you have a small or large space available, these DIY garden ideas will help you get started on your DIY garden.

1. Container

Building a container garden in your backyard helps keep your garden orderly while also giving you greater control over the growing elements.

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A raised bed garden means you can have the perfect soil mix for the type of plants you want to grow. Your DIY garden project can be as simple or as complicated as you want.

Look for garden ideas that you can accomplish, such as using a water trough as your container instead of building them from scratch out of wood. If you have limited space, you can arrange pots that each hold a single plant.

See more container garden ideas here.


2. Craft

Your backyard garden is an opportunity to get creative and bring out your crafty side.

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There are plenty of DIY ideas to get you inspired or show you how to do your garden space. For example, there are garden designs that line flowering plants in an antique freestanding tub. Or backyard designs that show you how to build yours out of old tires, shipping pallets, old boots, toilets, cars, or anything else that has a void that you can fill with dirt and place a plant in it.


3. Decor

Gardens aren’t just for your outdoor space. Turn your garden into home decor. This embraces the interior design idea of bringing nature into your home. 

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Line mason jars on a shelf in your farmhouse kitchen and use them for growing your herbs. Choose hand-painted pots for the plants you want to add to your bohemian living room.

An ultra-glam pot covered in crystals will elevate the look of your garden and give it a bit of sparkle for a Hollywood or glamorous room. A ceramic glazed pot or one carved from stone can look right at home in a minimalist bedroom.


4. Hanging Planter

Utilizing the vertical space in and around your home is one trick for creating a professional-looking design. You could go out and buy a large stand to place your plants on.

You could even give it a coat of paint to match your home. However, you can also make a DIY vertical garden to have a solution that works perfectly for your needs.

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Make a macrame a sling that your pot will sit in. Then hang it from your patio roof or pergola. Build a hanger out of anything that’s durable enough to leave outside. It could even be a small tire that you string the rope through and place the pot in the center of.


5. Indoor

If you live in a condo or apartment, then instead of having a large outdoor garden, you can have a small garden that lives in your kitchen, living room, or bedroom.

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You only need a small space for a couple of pots that hold fresh herbs. Growing your own herbs not only brings nature into your kitchen, but it brings life and flavor to your cooking.

An indoor garden can be anything you want it to be, from a window box planter to an arrangement of pots on the floor. You could have a stand that holds multiple pots or even a hanging planter.


6. Landscape

Adding a garden to your front or backyard creates a landscape design that increases the appeal and value of your property.

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Build raised garden beds with timbers or natural stone. This creates multiple levels and adds height to your landscaping. The raised beds also give you a natural separation between growing different types of plants.

One could be full of colorful plants, and another could serve as your vegetable garden. Raised beds create the illusion that you are surrounded so that you can sit peacefully among the flowers for a bit of garden therapy.

See more landscaping ideas here.


7. Ornaments

Give your garden a bit of whimsy by adding ornaments. These are small decorative elements that you place among the plants. It could be a small figurine of a fairy, gnome, or animal. 

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Add a birdbath or feeder to encourage winged creatures to come and hang out in your garden. A small fountain is also a good addition because it creates a soundtrack for your garden.

The sound of running water can drown out the sounds of the world and make your garden more peaceful. If your garden is in containers, you can decorate the outside of them with paint.


8. Pallet

Make your own DIY planter by hanging a pallet on the wall. Then place small pots in the pallet so that it acts as a rack. This is a rustic version of vertical gardening. This gives you plenty of room for growing various small plants, making it ideal for gardening in small spaces.

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If you have more space to work with, take the pallet apart and build your own planter box. The precut pieces make them easy to work with, making them good for someone who has limited woodworking experience.


9. Pot

The classic containers for growing plants are flower pots. They come in various sizes, making them perfect for growing everything from an herb garden to flowers. 

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Choose pots that will complement the rest of your backyard’s design. Terracotta pots give your garden an earthy feel with their rich orange coloring. Glazed pots give your garden a contemporary feel.

If you prefer a modern look, try concrete pots that are square or rectangle in shape instead of the standard round. Select pots of several sizes and arrange them in a group with the largest in the back and small pots in the front for a visually appealing design.


10. Recycled

Your garden is the perfect addition to your backyard if you’re looking to become more environmentally friendly. 

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Set up a compost bin on the outside of your home and throw all-natural materials into it. This includes everything from food scraps to old coffee grounds. You’ll allow all of this to ferment and eventually become compost. Spread this compost on the ground and mix it into the soil.

Your plant will thrive from the abundance of nutrients. You can also recycle by using whatever you have around the house as a planter. Anything that can hold soil can become a planter. Anything from an old boot to a toilet can work.


11. Rock

If it doesn’t matter how hard you try, the plants always die, then skip the plants entirely and opt for a different type of garden. A rock garden can create a serene place where you can relax. 

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Zen gardens feature sandpit areas where you can artfully rake a design. Build walkways throughout your garden so as to not disrupt anything as you move through the garden.

Try adding different types of ground covers to create an artistic design. You could have a light-colored ground cover, then a dark-colored stone bordering the large boulders.


12. Swing

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You need a place to sit in your garden and enjoy the fruit of your labor, literally and figuratively. While benches and chairs are popular garden furniture, they aren’t your only option.

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Set up a swing as your place to relax and experience the calming effect of gently swaying as you admire your flowers or vegetable harvest. In an old house, the swing gets installed on the porch.

Install your swing from a frame that sits in or right next to your garden for a modern approach. If you buy a kit, this can be a DIY project.