Previously, we talked about a few easy, outdoor weekend projects you might use to spruce up your house this summer. Using antique objects as planters and constructing a tree bench were a couple of the ideas introduced. But there is so much more you can do in the outdoors that doesn’t take a lot of time that we decided to suggest 5 more projects homeowners might try out as the weather warms up.
The Tiny Veggie Garden
Don’t get stuck in the rut of believing vegetable gardens have to be large, or even just in the backyard. If you don’t have a backyard or it’s very small, you can still plant a mini vegetable garden out front beneath a window, in the flower bed, or along the driveway. All you really need is a patch of soil in a place that gets plenty of sun. You don’t need to plant enough to feed the whole neighborhood, either. Just one or two of each type of plant is all you really need. Some options include lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, or pumpkins.
The Potting Bench
On the other hand, if you’re really into gardening and have a large flowerbed or vegetable plot, you’ll need somewhere to keep all your supplies and tools. A common option for this is stacking them in dark corners of the garage or a shed, but This Old House recommends constructing a potting bench. They said, “Even if you love gardening, repotting plants or dividing flats can feel like a real chore if you have to scavenge for supplies . . . Park them on a dedicated workstation, however, and you’ll never waste time hunting them down again.”
Installing outdoor lighting is a way to increase your curb appeal, outdoor enjoyment, and safety all at the same time. Small lamps lining your front walkway or placed strategically around the garden can give your home a warm glow, even at night, and make it safer to walk around. There’s an enormous selection of outdoor lighting, including battery-operated and solar-powered varieties.
The Simple Backyard Deck
Decks don’t have to be monstrous, complex entities swallowing half of your backyard. In fact, sometimes it’s the simple, single-tier deck that is more aesthetically pleasing, besides being easier to build. All you need are some basic carpentry tools, lumber, and a few hours on a Saturday to construct it. Keep lemonade on hand and the task will be even more pleasant.
The Master Grill Station
If you love grilling outside, you know one of the downsides to being away from your own kitchen is a lack of easy access to cooking utensils, cutting boards, dishes, etc. The hassle can be done away with if you build yourself a master grill station—which is basically a small cabinet on wheels. Include hooks for spatulas and tongs, two cupboards for dishes and ingredients, and top it with a stainless steel cutting surface. You’ll be set for a summer of grilling in no time.
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