7 Ways to Get Your Patio Ready for Spring and Summer

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You’re probably itching to spend a lot more time outside now that it’s warm, so let’s get to work and get your patio ready for spring and summer!

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1. Build (or Buy) Outdoor Planters

A couple of really great outdoor planters with bright flowers can add a lot of style to a patio. However, outdoor planters can be costly so why not build them yourself? Here’s a great round-up of DIY outdoor planter projects!

If you’re not that handy, you can always buy a set of outdoor planters to get your patio ready for spring. Maybe you’ll like this trio of white textured stone outdoor planters, this bold and modern orange outdoor planter, or this classic white slat outdoor planter.

2. Hang Up Outdoor Curtains

Turn your patio into another room simply by adding curtains to make it feel more of a part of your home. If you have a pergola or a porch, you can attach hooks to the underside and put curtains on galvanized steel pipes or rods. Hang them on the hooks and presto, you’ve got curtains! Try using outdoor fabric for more durability.

3. Put Up Outdoor String Lights

There’s nothing better than string lights hanging above you to create the perfect atmosphere for relaxing outside as it gets dark and breezy. If you don’t have a porch, you could always string them across your fence (or from your house to the fence if your yard is fairly small) or around a couple of trees.

4. Paint or Stain Your Fence

Fences can look worn out over time, especially if you haven’t painted or stained them to protect them from everyday weather conditions. Follow this tutorial to get your patio ready for spring and summer. A new-looking fence will be like a facelift for your patio!

5. Create Something with Outdoor Pallets

Since it’s so easy (and cheap) to get your hands on a couple of outdoor pallets, why not build furniture and other cool stuff for your patio? From a potting bench to an outdoor table with wheels, there is a wide variety of projects you can do with outdoor pallets.

6. Add Shade Sails

If you don’t have a porch, shade sails is an economical way to block the hot summer sun when you just want to relax in the breeze. Plus, they look so cool and modern! They come in square and triangle shapes and a wide variety of colors. Some shade sails also offer UV protection. Here’s some more information about shade sails. It’s a great way to get your patio ready for spring and summer!

7. Decorate

Is your patio furniture looking plain and sad? Swap out your cushions for new colorful ones and grab a few fun outdoor throw pillows to instantly transform your outdoor space. You’ll probably also want to get a storage bench to store your new pillows and cushions during inclement weather.

Looking for more inspiration on how to get your patio ready for spring? You’ll get a ton of ideas from this great patio round-up.

 

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What to Plant in May

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They say that you reap what you sow. Well, it’s May and it’s time to sow the seeds for a harvest to reap come summer! Here’s what to plant in your garden during the month of May. Since weather conditions may vary depending on where you live, this list of what to plant in May should apply to you if it’s consistently in the 50s during nights.

 

1. Cucumber

Cool down in the summer with cold cucumber dishes by planting cucumber seeds in your garden now! Cucumbers grow very fast; you should expect to see cucumbers show up in your garden within two weeks of planting. If you have a small garden, cucumbers will be a perfect fit since they can climb. Find an area in your garden that receives full sun and you’ll be enjoying cucumber salads (and cucumber facials) before you know it!

Here is some more information on growing cucumbers and learn how to prevent them from tasting bitter.

 

2. Cantaloupe

This sweet fruit is popular with kids and can be turned into a delicious cantaloupe milkshake! It’s important to ensure that your soil is warmer than 65 degrees before planting cantaloupe seeds, so if you live in a cooler climate you can cover the soil with black plastic for a few weeks to heat it up. Then cut out small holes and plant the seeds without removing the black plastic. Grow vines in raised rows for best results, but you can grow them on a trellis if you’re limited on space.

For more tips and tricks on growing cantaloupes, read this guide on growing cantaloupes.

 

3. Zucchini

The question of what to plant in May is often answered with the beloved zucchini. Your neighbors will love you if you plant zucchini in your garden. With proper care, you’re sure to get a bumper crop and end up giving some of your crop to others! At least, you’ll never run out of this vegetable all summer after you plant it in your garden this month. Zucchini, or yellow squash, should be planted in warm soil; use the black plastic method mentioned above when planting zucchini in May if needed. Grow zucchini in full sun and be sure to frequently water the seeds.

For more detailed information on planting summer squash in your garden, here’s a great guide.

 

4. Beet

If you salivate over the thought of a beet and goat cheese sandwich, plant beets in your garden in May. Soil that is at least 50 degrees is warm enough for beet seeds to grow. Beets are a long-season crop and you’ll be enjoying the red root vegetable until well into fall. If you live in an area where it’s dry and doesn’t rain very much, soak the beet seeds for one full day before you plant them. Then enjoy that beet sandwich!

You’ll find more helpful information on planting beets here.

 

Now that you know what to plant in May, what are you planning on growing in your garden this month? I’m leaning towards zucchini…

For more gardening tips, check out How To Grow Vegetables From Scraps and Tips for Winterizing Your Summer Garden.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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9 Great Spring Projects with a Purpose

9 Great Spring Projects with a Purpose

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When things start warming up and signs of spring abound, the last of your “cabin fever” can be resolved with a few spring projects in preparation for longer days ahead. Get a head start on spring cleaning, gardening, and organized summer fun with these spring projects that also serve a practical purpose!

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1. Car Kit

Get your car ready for the busy traveling season ahead with this easy car kit from iHeartOrganizing! Build your kit to suit your family’s individual needs with first-aid items, traveling games, and snacks.

2. Planter Boxes

There’s no better way to dress up your porch this spring than with a set of these fabulous planter boxes. Paint them your favorite color and fill them with your choice of flowers, ferns, and mosses.

3. Natural Cleaners

Whether you’re dreading spring cleaning or totally excited for it, you’ll love this set of printables from Clean Mama that will help you make your own natural cleaners and decide where to use them. Ditch your hazardous chemicals for household naturals like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon and deep clean like you never have before.

4. Produce Bag

It won’t be long before your local farmer’s markets open up again, and you can be ready to bring fresh fruits and vegetables home to your table with this useful produce bag that makes a great up-cycle of an old t-shirt!

5. Cleaning Toolbox

Spring cleaning is made more efficient with this great cleaning toolbox! Avoid all the scrambling under kitchen sinks and running around each time you clean a new room by keeping all your tools in one great DIY kit

6. Cushion Covers

You’re going to want to be ready for all the great backyard get-togethers this season, and a patio furniture update is perfect for giving yourself a classy new garden-party look. Fashion a few of these cushion covers with your favorite outdoor fabrics.

7.One-Board Birdhouse

The birds are back! Take some time to do a little bird watching this spring and try your hand at this super-simple (and cheap!) one-board birdhouse from Birds and Blooms.

8. Hanging Garden Lights

The days are getting longer and those quiet evenings spent relaxing in the yard are becoming more of a reality. Make those nights even more magical with these hanging garden lights to add a bit of sparkle!

9. Foot-Washing Station

Spring can be a messy time of year when the earth is still damp and muddy or you’re spending time in the garden. Keep your indoor floors a little cleaner by creating one of these clever foot-washing stations outside your back door.

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.