Creating a DIY Container Garden

Creating a DIY Container Garden

A backyard can be a beautiful place, unfortunately, mine has not been. A few weeks ago I wrote about what sort of jungle it became and with a little money and someone else's time, it was nicely cleaned up. 

Here is the before... just a MESS. 

And here is the AFTER. 

It looks SO much better, but it still needs a prettier touch. This 'flower bed' was probably something beautiful at one point, but not anymore. There were weeds, random rocks, and if you look closely a white puppy roaming around.

Here's what I planned to do: 
- Move the rocks around to make an outline of the flower bed 
- Bought some mulch to make it look defined and cleaner 
- Decided it was time to create a container garden. 

On to the DIY container garden...

Since this whole home ownership is still new, I didn't want to put a lot of time and money into starting a garden this year. Creating a DIY container garden seemed much more doable. A guy at work who owns cows (remember, I live in Arkansas) had some buckets that he didn't need anymore that I knew would work for my space. 

Free buckets, check.

We drilled some hole in the bottom of them for drainage. 

Free buckets that I turned into containers for growing things, check.

Because these buckets weren't the prettiest things in the world, I cleaned them up and used gold spray paint to turn them into golden, beautiful container pots. 

Spray paint = less than $10

Now, with a cleaned up area, and free container pots, this spot was looking like it was finally coming together!

Each pot was filled with soil and compost, and a tomato plant was planted in each one. I even found a rock that looked like the state of Arkansas, so I spray painted it gold too. 

Incredible what you can do with a little elbow grease and gold spray paint! 

Here's a before and after for comparison! 

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  1. I LOVE those planters. I need to DIY some of my own! Gold is the best.

  2. It must feel so good to have a put together outdoor space. Right now I live in an apartment so I dream of my own private spot to embrace nature, luckily I live across the street from a park. Your after photo looks so good!

  3. Love how it turned out! Spray painting my planters to all mach is one of my favorite gardening hacks haha. That way you can just buy cheap planters instead of the expensive matchy-matchy ones. Plus it's super easy to change your colors up!

  4. These are SO cute! I love them and love doing some fun landscaping!

  5. Love this! I wish we had a yard to get a garden going (or even a balcony big enough to do some container gardening!) haha

  6. The gold spray paint turned out so well! That looks so good and will look great when it is really grown!

  7. That is so awesome!!! It makes such a big difference and your garden is really taking shape!

  8. Your yard looks so great now! Love the planters!

  9. I love how your space turned out! Such a great summer project.

    Greta |

  10. What part of Arkansas do you live in!? I went to college in North West Arkansas and we're talking about moving back at the end of this year!

  11. Such a great DIY! This sounds like something my mom would love, may do this as a summer project with her!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  12. Those planters look fantastic! Super easy and cute DIY

  13. OMG those planters are so cute! Kind of wishing I had a garden I would totally do that!

    Oby Grace

  14. Wow girl it has really come along! I love how you created a small section for the garden.


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