After several hours of hacking, strimming, mowing and being raked by brambles last weekend, we got our new-ish garden looking like this:
OK, so it isn't the prettiest yet, and (you may note, by the G plan chair) we have no charming rattan garden furnishings either... but it's finally useable. So we've been using it, to dry laundry, to put out wee seedlings of herbs and small veg. Mainly, however, given the lovely warm weather, to sit about in.
Which brings me on to my latest thrifty garden sensation; 99p stores! It seems to be an open secret amongst gardening types, but humble old 99p Stores and Poundland are the place to go for compost, veg seeds, gloves, watering cans. OK, OK, the only type of BBQ you can get there is a disposable camp one and they'll never do ornamental fountains, but I'm talking more those little things that cost £3.99 in Homebase. Those little things that have you scratching your head when they add up to thirty quid and you've half a bag-for-life full for your pains. Well, I filled a whole bag from 99p Stores and a whole bag from their arch rivals Poundland; pots, seeds (which have germinated), feed, non-poison slug deterrent, bird feed balls...for under £16 the lot! Oh, and these little fellas:
Fantastic little garden lights, just leave 'em out and the sun charges them up by day. By night, they last until 11pm without fading. Superb value at 99p each, ideal for patios or perhaps to outline a path or driveway.
Anyway, as a long time tightwad, short time garden owner I hope to share more outdoor fun with you all soon! Do you have a garden? And if you do, what do you use it for?