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5 Easy and Cheap Gardening Projects for This Spring

It’s finally here—the time to start planning for spring! Depending where you live, next month in March you'll start to plan your spring gardening to-dos. Get ahead of the game and start gathering materials for these cheap, creative spring gardening ideas.

 

These five easy projects are fun, can help relieve gardening stress and may result in some great food for your family while adding character and the feeling of spring to your manufactured home.

 

1. Compostable Pots 

Leeks growing in compostable egg carton containerLeeks ready to be planted

 

There are several plants that need to be started inside before being transplanted outside, and in colder regions the weather will not be warm enough to start a garden outside for some time.

 

Compostable pots hold enough soil to start a seed before you put the whole pot outside which lets the pot itself break down and nurture the plant. These can be bought at a hardware store or at a nursery, but it's easy to make your own out of cardboard egg cartons, newspaper or even make compostable pots out of egg shells!

 

2. Make Your Own Potting Soil

Putting Potting soil in clay pot

 

The right soil ensures a healthy and fortified plant that’s ready to fend off harsh conditions and pests. To get your plants off on the right foot, or I guess you could say, off on the right root, use potting soil that offers a complete range of plant nutrition. You can buy this at a hardware store as well, but why pay someone else to mix the ingredients?

 

Simply add 1 part of compost to 1 part peat moss and 1 part vermiculite (or coarse sand) to keep the soil draining well. And voila! You have potting soil to use in pots and seed starting containers.Check out a previous article on container gardening to learn how to start your own container garden this spring with your homemade potting soil.

 

3. Make Drip Bottles For Easy Watering 

Easy Container Gardening with Hanging Containers and Bottles

 

It doesn’t get any cheaper or any easier than this, but this project will save you time and provide a constant water source for your plants.

 

Simply find a plastic bottle, poke small holes in it and hang it above tomatoes, pepper plants or any other large plant that needs lots of water. This system waters slowly, so the roots take up the water before mildew or fungus can develop from soggy soil.

 

4. Get Creative With Markers 

When I first started, I did not mark my rows clearly, and it took a while before I could tell what was growing in the garden! Some people just use stakes, but if you’re crafty or have kids eager to help, making markers can be a fun way to start working on your garden and getting excited about planting outside.

 

Take a look at these fun plant marker ideas!

 

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 Homemade cork garden markers

 

Chalkboard garden marker

Easy chalkboard garden marker 

 

homemade wood garden markerSimple wood garden marker

 

Garden markers are a perfect way to add personality to your garden while helping you identify your plants.  

 

5. Make A Salad Garden

Container garden with cilantro growing

 

This one takes some time to put together, but it could give you a fresh salad all year long!

Leafy plants like lettuces, cilantro and spinach can be grown together in a container inside and trimmed every time you need some greens.

 

You can also start planning which plants to start growing inside with meals in mind! Grow potatoes with flair, plant tomatoes in containers, start growing peppers or get started on any other vegetables you love to put in salads.

 

Romaine lettuce, bok choy and swiss chard grow especially fast, so if you stagger a couple “salad gardens,” you can have a fresh salad almost every day of the week.

 

GARDENING IS NOT HARD

 

It can be a lot of work, but simple and easy projects like this can give you a great place to start gardening around your manufactured home! Get a head start with these project ideas so you're ready when the spring gardening season finally begins.

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