Three Reliable Ways to Create a Garden From Scratch
Having your own garden can be an amazing feeling, but it’s unfortunately also a privilege that not everybody has. It costs a lot of money to get a yard pulled up and converted into a lawn, and trying to do it DIY could lead to even more money being spent on repairing it afterwards. After teaming up with the professionals from Fylde Grass, we’ve put together this list of three reliable ways to create a garden from scratch.
Use containers and pots
Some people look down on potted plants as a way of growing plants without most of the challenge: you don’t have to worry about the location, hardiness and invasiveness of your plants. To everybody else, they’re a wonderful middle ground between dirt and concrete, letting you grow individual plants on any surface you want.
Thinking of setting up a garden somewhere where there’s literally no dirt? There’s no better option for growing real plants. If you chose a larger container, such as old sinks or wide buckets, you could even group plants together into separate mini-gardens for different areas of your home. After all, who wouldn’t love seeing a cluster of inviting plants in their paved front yard after a hard day at work?
If you’re still wanting to make a large, wide garden in a single container, it might take a bit more effort. Your best bet is to try and build a raised bed using a wooden or metal DIY outline, one that’s high enough to let your plants grow their roots properly – 12’’-20’’ might be the ideal size for most flowers and fruit-bearing plants.
Grow a garden of epiphytes
Although they can be difficult to track down if you don’t do your research, epiphytes are the ultimate plant for people who prefer dirt-free gardening. They don’t need dirt to feed and grow and will attach to anything that can rot or decompose, so it’s not hard to fill your yard with bits of natural wood and cover each chunk in a few of these miracle plants.
As for the ground, since you don’t need a real dirt source, you could easily switch to an artificial lawn: artificial grass has come a long way and is much more realistic than it used to be unless you get really close. Attaching the baby plants isn’t hard – many of them can just be stuck on with a glue gun, tied on with string or even stapled onto it, and they’ll eventually pin themselves to that surface or object.
Most epiphytes can feed and water themselves directly from the air, although a quick spray of misty water might be needed to help them out now and then. Other than that, you can more or less leave them to care for themselves.
Make a hydroponic garden
Hydroponics is an easy way to grow something in a bottle without needing dirt. It can take a while to master, and you need to repeat it for every single plant individually, but you can build up quite an attractive garden in a short time.
All you need to do is take a partially-grown plant and push its roots through a cork stopper, then plug the cork into a bottle of lukewarm water and make sure it’s sealed tight with more cork wadding. After a week, change the water and pour in some water-soluble plant food, and then you’ve got a plant that’ll grow without any dirt at all.
Keeping them alive is really easy – fill the bottle with fresh water and food every month, and make sure it’s not kept in a place where it’s water will evaporate in a day or two. If you’re using this method, you probably don’t have a fresh supply of soil and dirt, so consider putting the bottles on some artificial grass to make your garden feel more complete.