Cheap Garden Ideas For The Budget-Conscious Gardener
Raised Garden Beds, Pot Plants and Mini-Greenhouses
We are in the middle of a gardening revolution. More and more people are growing their own food in their own gardens. We are producing our own vegetables in raised garden beds, herbs and smaller foods in pot plants, and using mini greenhouses to grow seasonal plants, such as tomatoes and cucumbers, all year round. It is not expensive to start your own garden. Let us show you how with these exciting garden ideas.
Raised Garden Beds
Raised garden beds are great for inner-city dwellings, especially townhouses with a small backyard. This contained space of the raised garden is great for protecting your plants from weeds which grow in the cracks of your pathways and pavements. And being raised, these garden beds offer protection from crawling pests, such as snails and slugs. Raised garden beds provide excellent drainage of the soil and protects your plants from extreme erosion from storms.
What to grow in a raised garden bed?
- Root vegetables
- Leafy Greens
- Tomatoes and Onions
Another advantage of having a raised garden bed is how they’re good on the knees and back. Bending down or kneeling on the hard earth while you work on your garden can get harder the older you become. Raised garden beds allow you to potter with your green thumb in a more comfortable way. You can even bring a deck chair and a radio while you harvest your carrots and parsnips.
The Reject Shop has a galvanized metal raised garden bed in store now. For just $20, you can get started today for very little money.
Pot Plant Gardens
Pot plant gardens are fantastic for price and size. If you don’t have too much room, such as a balcony on an apartment, or your budget is small, then you can size your garden perfectly, from just a few pots to a wide range of styles and colours.
You can grow the same herbs or vegetables, flowers and more, in a cheap $5 pot that you can in an expensive $50 pot. It is a great equaliser.
If you want different plants, which need different kinds of soil, pot plants work best. You can separate plants by pot but keep them together in the garden. Different PH levels and fertilisers for different plants is no longer an issue as they have their own separate pot. And pot plants are transportable. If you rent, and need to move, but have grown the perfect pot of herbs, you can take them with you to your next home.
Pot plants are perfect for growing herbs, especially on the north-facing windowsill in your kitchen. Common
herbs grown this way include:
The Reject Shop has a vast array of pots available, starting at just $2.50 for a pack of 8 mini pots. Many different sizes and styles to choose from. And with seeds as low as $1.79 a packet, you can have herbs in your garden from just $4.29 (8pk of min pots plus seeds).
The mini greenhouse movement is for people with minimal space for gardening or for those who just love gardening! They are more challenging than raised garden beds and pot plants, but the rewards can be quite spectacular.
How Does a Greenhouse work?
Greenhouses form their own environment. They heat up quickly, encourage evaporation and then condensation on the panels. This microclimate is ideal for growing seasonal plants all year round, reaping multiple harvests. Plants such as tomatoes or cucumbers, capsicum and leafy greens, all work well in a greenhouse. If you wanted to experiment with your plants, you can move away from fruit and vegetables and start growing orchids, or even exotic carnivorous plants in your greenhouse.
Come in-store now and pick yourself up the starters for your own flower or fruit and vegetable garden. It is not expensive to start to grow your own tomatoes, rosemary, or thyme. And the pride you feel when you add food from your own garden to your evening meal is just awesome.