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Spring is my second favourite season of the year. The first being summer, I just can’t get enough of the hot weather! Spring brings warmer weather, flowers, showers and the return of “life”. I love to start working on my garden, and am often tempted to start a little too soon every year. There is just something about gardening that is so relaxing.
This spring my family is moving from out current house to a somewhat larger one. The problem is that I put several large flower beds into the garden here and our new house has nowhere to put in a garden. Which brings me back to my love of Gardening.
Thankfully there are many great ways to have a beautiful “garden” in a small space, even in a space as small as say an apartment balcony! One way is by container gardening and making use of vertical space. One way of creating vertical space is with tiered planters such as this super cute Polka-Dotted Tiered Planter from Positively Splendid. This brings up something else I personally think is important – make what space you have available your very own. Maybe you only have a 4 foot by 5 foot cement patio to use, so why not really personalize that space and make it fabulous.
Spring is the best time to get out and get working on your garden, that way you have the entire summer to enjoy it! Why not take on a fun and easy DIY project to make your garden the best it can be? I decided a painted planter would be the way to go to transplant my favourite Hydrangea into.
I headed off to Home Hardware to get some supplies. I was really motivated by the tiered planter but had some ideas of my own. There were tons of supplies to choose from and it was easy to find just what I wanted.
I settled on a self-watering plastic planter, some spray paint meant for plastic and Frog tape. I also picked up a big bag of planting soil. I was surprised by the gardening selection at Home Hardware despite how early on in the season we are. Make sure you pick a planter in the colour you like so that you are only painting once.
You could do any type of design when it comes to this project and it is so easy to do you could easily have a patio full of custom planters in no time. I decided to do a “diamond” pattern as I thought it would be really pretty but easy enough to do. Even with a 2 year old trying to “help”.
Start by masking off your pattern with the tape. A smart-phone works really great as a level and as a guide for spacing. You could also use the real tools meant for this, and Home Hardware carries those too.
Once your entire planter is masked off spray it over twice, following the directions of your paint. Allow to completely dry then carefully remove the Frog Tape.
You can take this a step further by adding your street number to the planter if you plan on using it for the front of your house!
Ta da! A Customized planter perfect for welcoming in the spring.
Here it is with flowers!
What is your best tip for getting your Garden Ready for Spring?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!