This year, I’m determined that my garden is going to finally look like a garden and not a square of grass with some chairs and a table in it. The problem is that I’m not very green fingered and I don’t have the time I’d like to devote to making it the peaceful haven that I’d like it to be so the things I do need to be low maintenance and obviously, not cost me a fortune.
We started a few weeks ago when we gathered together all of the junk that seems to have accumulated in our garden and took it all to the tip. This left us with just our table and chairs, two benches that I think we need to break up as they’re so unsteady, and a couple of nice big, but empty, plant pots so we have pretty much a blank canvas to create the space we want but not too many ideas and very little budget.
We don’t need to replace the table and chairs from last year as they still look amazing – I used tester pots of outdoor paint (Valspar from B&Q I think) to paint them in a bit of a mismatched style. Even though they’ve been out all Winter, they’ve held their colours really well and still make me smile when I see them as I feel like they’re very ‘me’.
We even bought a nice big parasol at the end of the Summer last year so I could sit outside and work when I get chance and Mr Frugal has his eye on a wifi extender that he thinks will help me although I don’t have problems with the slightly slower connection I get in the garden.
Miss Frugal and I built a raised bed last year and planted our own dedicated vegetable patch but it didn’t do as well as I’d hoped as we were a bit late to the party and it hasn’t had any attention at all so far this year so I need to research what we can do to revive that as I know we’re too late to plant lots of things now.
Flowers wise, I would love to add some colour into the garden but I worry about attracting bees and wasps with my choice of flowers. I get that we should all be doing our bit for the bees but Master Frugal hates them so planting something that attracts them would mean he wouldn’t enjoy the garden as much. This does mean that my chances of pretty flowers are somewhat reduced though so I need to find something else to add some colour!
Wish me luck with Project Garden makeover!
As with any home or garden project I have in mind, I’ve been searching Pinterest for inspiration so I thought I’d share my favourite posts with you so you can be inspired too….
Frugal Gardening Tips from Thrifty Jinxy
Recycled Tin Cans Become Flower Pots from DIY Inspired
Upcycled Plant Markers from Simply Southern Mom
DIY Raised Pallet Garden Beds from Something 2 Offer
How to Plant a Simple Container Garden from The Professional Mom Project
DIY Self-Watering Planter from Playdates and Parties
7 Places To Find FREE Gardening Plants from Reuse Grow Enjoy
How to Start Composting from Clean Chaos
7 Tips to Save Money and Build Your Garden for Less from Simple at Home
Recycled Cardboard Tube Seed Pots from The Gingerbread House
DIY Potted Herb Garden from Inner Child Fun
How to Start a Raised Bed Garden for Your Veggies from Greta Brinkley
Frugal Ways to Stake Tomatoes from Something 2 Offer
Plants That You Can Plant One Time And Eat From Forever from Reuse Grow Enjoy
DIY Pallet Planter Box from Penny Pincher Jenny
Tips for Using Volunteer Plants in the Garden from Simplify Live Love
How to Create a Basic Herb Garden Indoors from Thrifty Jinxy
How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring from Good Girl Gone Green
Seed Saving – A Beginner’s Guide from Reuse Grow Enjoy
DIY Container Garden Stand from The Country Chic Cottage
DIY Juice Jug Green House from Nemcsok Farms
Mini Greenhouses from The Prairie Cottage
Easy Biodegradable Paper Pots from Daily Dish Magazine
I hope these ideas inspire you to do a mini garden makeover of your own!
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