if you sprinkle baking soda on the dirt twice a year, nothing will grow there.
DIY Wine Bottle Bird-Feeders
Utilize Groundcovers. Take advantage of low-growing groundcovers that crowd out weeds to make your shade garden easier to maintain. As an added bonus, many varieties provide an attractive carpet of color (such as this golden creeping Jenny, which practically glows underneath a planting of blue hostas, purple coleus, and black mondo grass).
Side walk chalk spirograph! I wonder if it really works...