A few months ago and I shared my 45×45 Birthday Bucket List where I shared 45 things I want to accomplish by my 45th birthday. One of the things I listed was to plant a summer garden, so what better time to start than this summer?! Granted, my garden is small and a bit straggly at this point, but I have already learned a few things and isn’t that the whole point of trying something new?
One of my main goals was to not spend tons of money on this garden, because that kind of defeats the purpose and I haven’t had much luck keeping things alive in the past. So I am taking it slow and trying to use what I already had on hand to make it functional… and of course, CUTE! 🙂 So far that has worked and it has been fun to pull it all together. However, one thing I did not have was garden markers, so I came up with a cute way to make 10 DIY Garden Markers for only one dollar. Let’s take a look at my summer garden so far…
My First Summer Garden
So far, I have planted zucchini, tomatoes and lots of sunflowers are sprouting which has me irrationally excited. I have tried twice to grab cucumbers from Home Depot, but both times they didn’t have any?! As far as herbs, I am hoping for basil, mint and dill so we will see how that goes! I also added a small blueberry bush from my parents. (that back row along the fence is actually all blueberry bushes as well) I also added two rosemary plants that were very straggly from the winter so hopefully I can salvage them here.
My hope is to have a fun mix of vegetables, herbs and some flowers. Of course, since I have no clue what I am doing my biggest hope is to just learn what works and what doesn’t. I can always try again next year!
My next door neighbor put that white fence post out in her trash so I grabbed it! I think the sunflowers will be pretty in front of it once they sprout. I was also given a flowering vine that needs something to climb on so I planted that right down by the post of the fence. One of the main things that I need to improve on when it comes to gardening is the layout planning. I just started plopping things down without really think it through. This is where the DIY Garden Markers come into play! Once I made these, it really helped to be able to visualize the layout and know where I should be planting things.
The nice part is that these only cost me $1 for the pack of 10. I actually went to grab some free paint stirrers from Home Depot and they were selling a pack of 10 for $1. Perfect!
Supplies for these DIY Garden Markers:
- Paint Stirrers
- Black Paint (from the Dollar Tree)
- Foam Brush (from the Dollar Tree)
- Gold Sharpie
To make the DIY Garden Markers, I just painted the paint stirrers with black paint using a foam brush. Then I used a pencil to write the word as a stencil and traced that with the gold Sharpie. Of course, you could skip the paint step and just use a black Sharpie directly on the paint stirrer.
So have you started a summer garden? I would love to hear any tips and tricks, or what you use for your garden markers. Happy Gardening! And be sure to check out all of the other summer craft ideas using only a couple bucks down below!
In a Summer State of Mind,