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Small Garden Ideas on a Budget

By Isaiah David ; Updated September 21, 2017
Make flower planters to save space and money.

Not only do small garden spaces require less materials, but they also tend to emphasize design over expensive features more than larger spaces. By using the right balance of hardscape and softscape and organizing your garden into tidy sections, you can create a cozy refuge on a shoestring budget.

Homemade Planters

Save money by using old housewares for a small space container garden. Grow compact herbs, such as basil and oregano, in old mason jars, mugs or cups. Turn salad bowls into hanging planters by twisting wire around them to form a harness. Hang them and grow spider plants, ivy and other plants above the ground to save space. A homemade container garden will help you arrange plants and make the most of a small area while saving money.

Salvaged Stone Flower Beds

Search classified sites, such as Craigslist or FreeCycle, for free brick and stone. Often, people will willingly give away hardscape materials or sell them for little cost to anyone willing to haul them away. If you can't find any that way, buy salvage brick and stone from a reuse center at a discount center.

Once you get the inexpensive or free materials, use stone borders to divide your garden into small plots. Plant each plot with a different type of plant. For example, grow vegetables in one plot and flowers in another or grow flowers in a semicircular plot and bushes or a small tree a second plot in the middle. Dividing up your garden into a number of different areas will help organize it and make it look larger than it is.

DIY Trellis

A trellis is a small-space gardener's friend. A trellis covered with vines, such as grapes and jasmine, provides a lot of decorative value while taking up little space, and draws the eye upward, disguising the diminutive dimensions of the garden. Unfortunately, having a trellis professionally installed can be prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, you can make your own.

Use a post digger to dig two 36-inch holes for your two post uprights. Fill the bottom 6 inches of each hole with gravel and place a post upright in each hole. Coat the uprights with wood sealer. Straighten the post and check its position with a carpenter's level, then sink stakes into the ground nearby and brace it in position by tying it to the stakes. Pour in quick-set concrete for footings and allow the posts to set according to the directions. Install screw eyes every few inches on both posts and run wires between them to create a lattice for vines to grow up.


About the Author


Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.