15 Unique and Sustainable Backyard Gardening Ideas

Living in town or with a small yard and garden can be challenging when it comes to sustainability, but it's not impossible. Here are 15 ideas to get you started with turning your backyard space into something that is sustainable both for the environment and for your family.

Sustainable Gardening

Part of creating a sustainable backyard garden is to use your space wisely. Traditional backyards are not large, but by being open minded you can allow room for both form and functionality.

The trick is to work with the unique layout of your space. Spend time brainstorming how you can best use each area, and don't be afraid to experiment to see what works.

If you are new to gardening, start with fruits and vegetables that are hardy and easy to maintain.

Sustainable Landscaping

Creating a sustainable backyard garden starts with learning how to use nature's resources wisely. One of the easiest natural resources to tap into is rainwater.

There are several ways that you can use rainwater directly in your garden.

Here are just a few ideas for sustainable landscaping in the backyard:

  • Hook up a rain barrel to your gutter system (or buy here)
  • Create a permaculture pathway to preserve rich soil and healthy plants.
  • Upcycle glass bottles to make a pretty garden border from The Greenbacks Gal.
  • Grow a living roof with tips and ideas from Landscaping Design Adviser.
  • Make a rain chain so that rainwater can flow directly into a garden bed. (or buy here)
  • Build a compost bin so you can have nutrient rich soil.
  • Make the most of low moisture areas by making a rain garden.
  • Upcycle some bricks to make a brick garden wall by Attainable Sustainable.


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Vanessa Pruitt, PLMHP, MS

8 thoughts on “15 Unique and Sustainable Backyard Gardening Ideas

  1. We’ve been doing the upside down tomato project for a few years here (me and the kids:)). But those water effects, the barrel, the rain garden and that water chain I will definitely be using this season! Thanks for the info!

  2. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “/how-to-” in “comment_content” *]
    Great article and indeed there are unique ways of gardening, especially love the idea of hooking up a rain barrel to the gutter system and making a rain chain so that rainwater can flow directly into a garden bed. Such good tips, will definitely try them.

    While surfing the net for sustainable gardening I came across an article that stood out and is gripping. It talks about ‘How to Create a More Sustainable Landscape’ and seven ways to do so.Complementing the natural landscape as well as ensuring that it is economically and environmentally sustainable in the future. The below article is a must read:


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