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Great Carpentry Projects for Your Garden and NJ Community Garden Spaces

Updated: Feb 9

Did you know that this week is Community Garden Week? When we’re not busy with projects in the Pinto Carpentry woodshop or puttering around with projects in our own homes, we love to spend time outdoors soaking in the sunshine in our gardens.


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Today’s blog is dedicated to great ideas for outdoor woodworking! Whether you’re planting herbs, flowers, or fruit, you’ll have a blast with these fun woodworking project ideas and construction projects for your home or community garden! We’re also sharing some great local properties who offer Community Gardening plots to those who don’t have large yards or may live in an apartment/condo without gardens.


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Create a Bird House or Bat House for Your Garden


The Spruce.com has collected 32 different styles of free DIY birdhouse plans so you can create your own and cuztomize it to your liking! We love that these include clear instructions, easy to follow diagrams, and project options for all ages and skill levels. They’re a perfect craft to do with your kids over Spring Break, too!


Bats are a gardener’s best friend! They help keep out unwanted pests and bugs away from your crops and beautiful flowers. You can keep your garden safe and help protect these endangered critters, too! This DIY bat house from National Wildlife Federation is a great option. Or you can try this fun idea from This Old House.


Encourage local birds to procreate and establish a home on your land with these charming Nesting box plans from Empress of Dirt.


If you’re more of a visual learner, we have this great Simple Cedar Bird House idea from How I Do Things DIY on YouTube. It’s simple to follow, beautiful, and smells great!



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Craft Some Furniture for Your Garden Path or Backyard


We are in love with these plans for a low-maintenance, high-quality and absolutely beautiful timber outdoor bench from The Family Handyman. For less than $300, and with minimal tools required, you can create a custom seat that’s a perfect blend between modern and rustic, perfect for any garden.


If you’re a big fan of container gardening, then you’re going to need a really sturdy Potting Bench! We love these great potting bench plans from Bob Vila’s site. With 14 different styles to choose from, there’s something for just about every aesthetic, function, and budget!


Got a small space and need to maximize the functionality of your outdoor furniture? Look no further than The Family Handyman’s brilliant Raised Patio Planter. It has 8 square feet of space for planting flowers, herbs, veggies, or whatever else you can dream up, and includes a small shelf space as well!


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Community Garden Spaces Near Plainfield, New Jersey

Want to grow some veggies, herbs, or flowers but don’t have any outdoor space? Have a hankering to get your hands dirty but only have room for container gardens? We understand! That’s why we’ve got some great suggestions for community gardens you can join in the Plainfield NJ and surrounding areas. Be sure to get your membership requests in early, or get in line for the following year if they’re sold out!


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