How to Design a Garden on a Shoestring

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A beautiful garden doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, with good planning and a few budget friendly options, anyone can design a spectacular garden at a fraction of what it might otherwise cost.

Planning your garden

Before you begin, you'll want to plan out your garden space. You can work it out on paper first, if you like. Playing with the space and working out an interesting or useful design. Then move out to the garden. You can see how your plans might work in reality.

Coming up with a good plan will save you money down the line, so don't skip this step. If you don't feel you can do this on your own, seek professional help from freelancers on Gumtree.

You can play with the idea of breaking your garden up into at least three separate areas. This will give your garden visual interest and make it fun for you and your guests to explore.

Some ideas for things to include in your sections are:

  • A curving or winding path with stepping stones.
  • A place to sit in the sun.
  • A place to sit in the shade.
  • A place for the birds to congregate.
  • Whimsical or artistic ornaments to enhance the ambiance.

When designing your sections, take into account that squares and rectangles are often very uninteresting to the eye. If you are working on a budget, your best bet is to incorporate asymmetrical designs, diagonal and curving lines.

Try to include varying levels in your shoestring garden. This can be achieved inexpensively by using a number of second hand options such as railroad ties, old tires, boxes, wheelbarrows, and tables. And if you have a fence or a wall in your garden, don't forget to incorporate them into your design. Planters and quirky ornaments hung in strategic places around the garden will transform a humdrum space into an inviting oasis.

When you have gotten your design down, you can begin to collect any ornaments, planters, pots that you plan to use in your garden. You'll be able to locate tons of fantastic bargain-priced options online.

Prepare your soil

The next step will be to prepare your soil. An inexpensive garden doesn't mean that you'll have to make do with poor soil. In fact, setting up your own compost area will ensure that your soil is always rich and healthy. Compost that is made from your own kitchen scraps and lawn clippings (as long as you don't use harsh chemicals on your lawn) is the cheapest solution for the long term.

Any soil additives that you buy should be bought in bulk to save on costs. This alone will save you a small fortune over buying lots of tiny bagged items. You can often arrange deliveries of truck loads and share the cost among friends and family and neighbors who garden.

Filling out your garden

One of the beautiful things about Mother Nature is her abundance. Often, when a plant grows, it doesn't just grow one of whatever its kind is. Most always there will be plenty of opportunities to divide plants. This makes sharing and trading plants among friends very simple. It's a beautiful way to expand your garden's offerings. If you have a neighbor whose garden you admire, don't be shy about asking them for a cutting. Most gardeners would be flattered that you admired their garden and are happy to share.

If you do need to purchase plants, be sure to go looking during the off seasons. Late spring and early summer can be a gold mine for the thrifty gardener. Temporary garden centers and discount stores are looking to unload their inventories during the off season in order to make room for other seasonal inventory. That leaves you with the opportunity to secure an abundance of items for a fraction of the normal cost.

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