Want a Pretty Garden for Summer? Here are Some Things You Need to Do Now!

Put these outdoor to-dos on your bucket list this summer

Find Some Awesome Pieces for Your Sitting Area

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Choose a theme and have fun with it—Moroccan chic, Miami Beach modern, rustic retreat, or whatever. Just a few key pieces can transform an afterthought into something amazing. Get inspired by these fabulous outdoor entertaining finds.

Set Up a Tic-Tac-Toe Board

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Take your next game outside to the lawn. Get the how-to at Northwest Edible Life.

Make a Bird Feeder

 Make a DIY Bird Feeder

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Feed draws a large flock so you’ll have lots of little chirpers clearing your garden of bugs and pests. For the how-to, go to Curbly and check out more bird feeders for your yard.

Grow Garlic

 Grow Garlic

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Order bulbs now so you’re ready to plant from mid-August (for cool climates) to mid-September (for more temperate regions). Plant some basil too, and you’ll be halfway to a killer pesto in no time.

Make a Shoe Tray

 Make a Boot Tray

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Keep mud outside by putting shoes in a plastic tray filled with pebbles. Get the how-to at My Frugal Adventures.

Plant Hydrangeas

 Plant Hydrangeas

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This gorgeous bloom is highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other bugs you need to make edible gardens flourish.

Make Your Own Garden Markers

 Make Your Own Garden Markers

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Skip pricey store-bought markers, and fashion a DIY aluminum version instead. Get the how-to at Aunt Peaches.

Cultivate Catnip

 Cultivate Catnip

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A bit of crazy cat lady, are you? Treat your kitty to this easy-to-grow perennial herb and see what crazy really looks like. This can get stinky though, so plant on the far side of your garden.

Carve Out a “Kids Only” Space Create a “Kids Only” Area

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Ask your kids to take care of their own garden plot. It’s guaranteed to turn their thumbs green. Get the how-to at Spoonful.

Learn to Preserve

 Learn to Preserve

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Enjoy garden and green market bounty long into the winter by learning how to can and pickle the fruits and veggies you grow.

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