Owning a home is a luxury, as well as a fun experience. And, having a home that is environmentally friendly is an even better experience! If you are looking for ways to make your home and yard a little greener, read further for some green DIY projects. These projects are a simple, easy, and fun way to do your part for the environment. Choose one or try them all, and create a green living space right in your own home.

Start a Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden is a wonderful green project for your home, as well as the overall environment. You will inevitably spend less money and gas going to the grocery to purchase some of the vegetables you can now grow in your backyard. To get started, you’ll need all the right tools. Start with some of the basics, such as a bucket or wheelbarrow for hauling soil, spade, tiller, hoe, water hose, gloves, and top quality soil.

Make a plan for your garden, such as where in your yard you want to place it, the size of the garden, what you will grow, and whether or not you want to add a fence. Keep in mind that some plants grow larger than others and need more space. Also, be sure to read up on canning and preserving your vegetables, as you’ll probably have an overabundance of fresh vegetables soon.

Create a Compost Pile

People are often wary of creating a compost pile because they don’t know much about them. The common assumption is that they smell or are messy, but they are quite beneficial. However, when correctly done, compost should not create an odor. In actuality, you can create nutrient-rich and chemical free soil with compost piles. Then, you can use the soil in your vegetable garden to help plants grow full and strong. Most importantly, compost piles are one of those green DIY projects that are not only excellent for the environment, but they are easy to create too.

You can compost many things including scraps from fruit and vegetables, tea leaves and bags, paper, cardboard, grass, fallen branches, leaves, manure from herbivores, coffee grounds, eggshells, and more. Instead of tossing these items in the trash, add them to your compost pile and reap the benefits!

Build a Birdhouse

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Help the environment and the native birds to Maryland, like the Blue Heron and Osprey, by building beautiful birdhouses. Birdhouses can be created in a variety of shapes, sizes, and themes to match your personality and décor. Not to mention, they add a lot of whimsy to your yard. They help the birds in your neighborhood by giving them a safe place to rest and receive food. We recommend purchasing environmentally friendly food to add to the houses, as well as placing the feeders at different levels. Also, be sure to offer a variety of seeds in separate feeders. Then, you can sit back and enjoy watching the beautiful birds visit your yard all day long.

With any luck, these green DIY projects should give you a good start in creating a greener home. And, for all of your DIY tools and supplies, visit Cape Ace. We’ll help you gather everything that you need to finish your project.