45 Amazing Garden Project Ideas For All Skill Levels

Whether you have acres of land or a tiny patio, there are plenty of garden project ideas for all budgets and skill levels.  And gardening isn’t limited to rows of veggies.  Container gardening, growing vegetables, DIYs, flower gardening, plants, and other amazing ideas you’ll love.

There are so many types of projects you can do this year that will add gorgeous color to your yard, provide a few yummy homegrown vegetables, brighten a patio space, or even just fill a bare spot in the landscaping.  Whatever style “garden space” you’re working with, I’ve got a project for you!

45 garden project ideas

So let’s get to it!

Amazing Garden Project Ideas

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Container Gardening

First up – container gardening.  This can be flowers, vegetables, or plants in varying sizes of pots.  You don’t have to have a huge space to have some amazing container garden projects.  Even if you have a tiny patio in a high rise apartment, you can add some beautiful plants to make your space more enjoyable.

Try repurposing something like an old toolbox, chicken feeder, enamel bowls, watering cans, or whatever else you can make into a planter.

Garden Projects - repurposed toolbox into a planter

Grab some cheap plastic trash cans at the dollar store and turn them into large decorative planters – all you need is a can of spray paint that will adhere to plastic and is suitable for indoor/outdoor use.Decorative planters made from IKEA trash cansLarge planters can get pretty expensive, but you can always DIY your own as The Vanderveen House did with these rustic cedar planters!  

photo credit The Vanderveen House

Or these DIY Wooden Planters would be perfect for a screened in porch and faux flowers!  Laura from Little Yellow Wheelbarrow has all the instructions on her blog!

Credit – Little Yellow Wheelbarrow

If you can get your hands on an old pallet, you can create a DIY Pallet Planter like this pretty version from Cook, Eat, Go.  I love the gorgeous color her daughter chose for this one and she’s got all the details on how to assemble it!

Credit: Cook, Eat, Go

Plant Ideas for Containers

If you need ideas for what to plant in containers, think about the size of your container and if you’re planting in full sun, shade, or part sun.  Different plants like different conditions.  You can aim for plants of different heights and colors for variation or go all one color.  You really can’t go wrong and that’s the beauty of gardening.  You can do it how you like it!

Full Sun Container Plants   

Perennial Plants 

Plants that Bloom for Months

Maybe aim for perennials that will come back every year like these Coneflowers – my sister planted these four years ago and they return each summer just as gorgeous as ever.  Perennials - Coneflowers

Potato vines make good trailing plants in containers and come in shades of green and purple.  They grow quickly and make a perfect companion for plants like Dianthus and Calibrachoa.  I planted this combo recently in a large planter and it’s doing great.  This one gets full sun all afternoon.

Window Boxes

Consider adding window boxes for your DIY garden projects this year.  Some of my favorites, like the ones below can add instant color to porches and patios.

Check out these helpful ideas for how to plant a window box from Confessions of an Overworked Mom!  She’s got some great tips on what to plant and how to do it correctly. 

DIY Building Projects

Depending on your space and your skill level, the possibilities for building are endless for garden projects.  Planters, trellises, potting benches – the choices for gardening DIY projects are only limited to your time and skill.  These are just a few of the options!

Garden Building Projects

Building DIYs for Your Garden Spaces

DIY Potting Bench
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DIY Potting Bench

DIY Potting Bench

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Build a DIY Patio Gazebo from a Kit – and save big money
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Build a DIY Patio Gazebo from a Kit – and save big money

DIY Patio Gazebo

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Potting Bench DIY – Sturdy and Functional
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Potting Bench DIY – Sturdy and Functional

DIY Potting Bench

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Wooden DIY Planter Box
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Wooden DIY Planter Box

DIY Wooden Planter

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DIY Monogram Succulent Planter
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DIY Monogram Succulent Planter

DIY Monogram Planter

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Building a Trellis for Tomato Plants
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Building a Trellis for Tomato Plants

DIY Trellis

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Cheap DIY Garden Trellis
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Cheap DIY Garden Trellis

Cheap DIY Garden Trellis

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What's Old Is New Again - A DIY Upcycled Potting Shed
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What's Old Is New Again - A DIY Upcycled Potting Shed

DIY Potting Shed

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Garden screen trellis DIY, Lanterns solar light, trellis free how to plans
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Garden screen trellis DIY, Lanterns solar light, trellis free how to plans

DIY Garden Screen Trellis

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DIY Railing Planters for your Deck or Balcony
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DIY Railing Planters for your Deck or Balcony

DIY Railing Planters

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DIY Brick Patio - How to Make Your Own!
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DIY Brick Patio - How to Make Your Own!

DIY Brick Patio

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7 Frugal DIY outdoor and backyard Projects
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7 Frugal DIY outdoor and backyard Projects

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My Builder Grade Patio Makeover on a Budget
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My Builder Grade Patio Makeover on a Budget

Builder Grade Patio Makeover

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They painted an old pallet in rainbow colors... Can you guess what it turned into?
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They painted an old pallet in rainbow colors... Can you guess what it turned into?

Upcycled Pallet Garden

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Raised Bed Gardens

A raised bed garden project is an option if you don’t have tons of space for gardening.  There are lots of options to purchase raised beds in kits that you can assemble or you can build your own.  This is something that’s on my wishlist for next year!  One of my favorites that gets fantastic reviews is this raised bed garden kit and it’s less than $60!  

I think most of us get overwhelmed at the thought of gardening for food.  You don’t need to live on acres of rolling farmland to produce some delicious food from a garden.  There are so many options from container vegetable gardening, raised beds, and even simple DIY Herb Gardens. 

Raised Bed Gardens and Helpful Gardening Tips

DIY Inspiration for Raised Bed Gardens and Tips for a Successful Garden

Make These Easy DIY Raised Beds: The Perfect Solution for Veggie Gardening
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Make These Easy DIY Raised Beds: The Perfect Solution for Veggie Gardening

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DIY Vertical Garden Wall Planter with Plans
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DIY Vertical Garden Wall Planter with Plans

Raised Wall Garden with Plans

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How to Make a Lettuce Table from Cast Off Furniture
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How to Make a Lettuce Table from Cast Off Furniture

DIY Lettuce Garden

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DIY Raised Garden Bed
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DIY Raised Garden Bed

Simple DIY Raised Bed Garden

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Easy DIY Garden Markers
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Easy DIY Garden Markers

DIY Garden Markers

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Growing An Edible Flower Garden For Kids
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Growing An Edible Flower Garden For Kids

Edible Flower Garden For Kids

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Vermicomposting: Worms In a Small City Condo?
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Vermicomposting: Worms In a Small City Condo?

Worm Composting For Small Spaces

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Upside-Down Tomatoes are Smart for Small Garden Spaces!
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Upside-Down Tomatoes are Smart for Small Garden Spaces!

Upside Down Tomatoes

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Herbs 101: Starting a Budget Friendly Herb Garden in 6 Affordable Steps!
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Herbs 101: Starting a Budget Friendly Herb Garden in 6 Affordable Steps!

Starting an Herb Garden

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Tips For Growing Herbs

Tips For Growing Herbs

Tips For Growing Herbs

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DIY earwig trap to get rid of earwigs without chemicals
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DIY earwig trap to get rid of earwigs without chemicals

DIY Earwig Trap

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How To Make An Edible Miniature Garden - DIY Mother's Day Gift Idea
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How To Make An Edible Miniature Garden - DIY Mother's Day Gift Idea

Edible Miniature Garden

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DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed - Full Tutorial and Plans
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DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed - Full Tutorial and Plans

DIY Raised Bed Garden

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How to Make a Hanging Fence Garden
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How to Make a Hanging Fence Garden

Hanging Fence Garden

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Garden Craft Projects

There are tons of crafty ideas for your garden projects including garden markers, fairy gardens, and DIY garden lights.  These are great ideas to involve the kids as well – let them paint rocks, build a fairy garden, paint a pot, or whatever else to get their gardening creativity flowing!

Garden Project Crafts

DIY Crafts for your Garden Areas

How to Make a Mermaid Garden with Succulents
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How to Make a Mermaid Garden with Succulents

Mermaid Garden

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Quick, DIY, Origami Flower Pots From Recycled Newspaper
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Quick, DIY, Origami Flower Pots From Recycled Newspaper

Origami Flower Pots

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DIY Easy Fairy Garden
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DIY Easy Fairy Garden

DIY Fairy Garden

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Making Dream Pillows With Herbs From The Garden
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Making Dream Pillows With Herbs From The Garden

DIY Dream Pillows from Herbs

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Make Fun DIY Cinder Block Garden Planters Under $5!
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Make Fun DIY Cinder Block Garden Planters Under $5!

DIY Cinder Block Planters

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Rock Garden Caterpillar | an easy rock painting idea for the garden
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Rock Garden Caterpillar | an easy rock painting idea for the garden

Rock Garden Caterpillar

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How to make a Bubble Fountain in a Pot
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How to make a Bubble Fountain in a Pot

DIY Bubble Fountain

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Painting Terracotta Pots

Painting Terracotta Pots

Turn plain terra cotta pots into pretty indoor planters!

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Whatever garden projects you decide to do, enjoy it!  There’s something very satisfying about creating a beautiful outdoor space whether it’s with vegetable gardening, flower beds, container gardening, or a simple garden craft.  

And for more ideas on what kinds of flowers and trees to plant, grab my free planting guides below!

 

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2 Replies to “45 Amazing Garden Project Ideas For All Skill Levels

  1. This is a really great list — saving for later, there’s lots to go through. Thank you for including my article on vermicomposting in small spaces, like a city condo. I truly believe in it as an easy way for everyone to get involved in sustainable actions.

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