5 gardens I might actually be able to handle.

I have a confession: I have the reddest thumbs in the history of nature lovers. Red, because it is the complimentary (aka opposite) of green. (but I’m sure you remembered that from 2nd grade.)

I love the idea of gardens. In my 18 short years I’ve tried zinnias, foxgloves, sunflowers, a full fledged flower garden, strawberries, a vegetable garden, and a secret wildflower garden. Guess what? Nothing happened. Okay I lied. Once upon a time I grew a bean plant and ended up getting about five string beans off of it. 12 year old Susanna was thrilled.

I have gone so far as to paint my thumbs green before getting in the mud. Mother nature wasn’t fooled.  

I’ve been too scared to attempt any gardening for the past four years. Okay, I lied again. This past summer I dug a few holes in my backyard with the best of intentions. That was it.

Despite my troubles, I just can’t give up on gardening. You get to play in the dirt until beautiful and sometimes edible things are made. What could be more perfect?

Today I wanted to highlight 5 pinteresting DIY projects that I might actually try someday. Projects to ease anyone back into gardening.

Gardening For the Red Thumbed Amongst Us 

                                                                   Cactus Garden

I don’t like loneliness, and so I decided that when I go to college I’m going ot have a pet cactus. I assume they are farely easy going and my local university sells them for cheap cheap. If you are afraid that you don’t have enough time to devote to your poor cactus, then give it some friends with this wonderful A Beautiful Mess simple cacti garden tutorial.

Herb Garden

 Seriously folks – there is nothing like fresh herbs. If I don’t have room for an herb garden in my dorm, I’m going to check the dorm kitchen. If there is not a dorm kitchen available, I will post pictures of my dream herb garden on my dorm room walls and drool over them until I own my own apartment.

Mason jars on a window sill or tin buckets hanging on a tension rod work well. Or you can get fancy and check out my favorite hanging herb garden tutorial. Also, I saw reasonably priced herb garden materials at Ikea once. 


I’ve dreamt of having a terrarium for as long as I can remember. It is like having a magical mini world sitting on your desk. You can use tiny action figures or toy animals to spruce it up. 

Wonderhowto demonstrates the basics:

Hey, I could do that! Oh and also here is Feels Like Home’s tutorial for making a terrarium in under an hour for under 15 bucks. Now that is my kind of commitment!

Bottled Water Plant

Allison Murray of “Dream A Little Bigger” created this DIY tutorial for a water plant because she liked the look of terrariums but didn’t like the idea of cramping so many plants into tight places. If you are a plants rights advocate, this might be the way to go. 


Is there anything cooler than bonsai? Ehow shows folks how to make easy, cheap, and instant (three of my favorite words) bonsai from local foliage. Or I could just go the not so economic way and buy a bonsai tree. If I lived in a really cool place, I might be able to find some at the farmer’s market. If not, amazon has me covered. Considering the fact that owning a bonsai tree automatically grants about 500 bonus-points-for-life, it is probably a worthwhile investment.

So there you have it. Gardening for the rest of us. What are your favorite ridiculously easy greenish DIYs?

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

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