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garden design with no budget


pls need your help///

we dont have mony in the moment and my garden is a mass

how can i design my home garden like in the second picture in this site?

many thanks



  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,497

    If you mean the one with the decking and the hard landscaping, it won't be easy and will be hard work, though it will give you a great sense of achievement!

    Baza's allotment thread on this site shows some of the things you can achieve using pallets for decking, and there is a pallet thread too showing other way of using this good resource if you can lay your hands on some.

    You will need materials for the walling too. You could try Freegle or Freecycle to see if anyone near you has anything useful to give away and you could look on eBay too. If you do get some materials you will have to build things yourself unless you can afford to pay for labour. You could either put your ideas on hold and start saving or embark upon a very interesting journey. Good luck!

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    Check out local skips - see if there's anything interesting in them.  Alys Fowler, the gardener used to forage all over the place and get loads of things to transform her garden.  Also, some of the DIY stores have a pile of damaged and broken sections of wood or out of range items which you can sometimes be lucky if they just want things taken away.  Local builders yards and timber places sometimes have things they just want cleared away and have never got around to it.

    Check out local papers and messages in shop windows to see if people are advertising that they just want un-used items taken away.   Sometimes if there are people working on neighbours houses - replacing windows and so forth, they often have fabulous windows that can be used for the tops of coldframes etc.

    Foraging locally some sometimes be very fruitful and people are often really grateful to get rid of things they have lying around and have no intention of using.

    Local waste dumps can be interesting - especially if there's some workmen hanging around who can help you haul something out.  People throw away the most amazing things that can transform gardens.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,548
    Pallets are charming, but won't get you the crisp look of the materials in that picture! I would be going for similar effects (clean lines) with cheaper materials. Simple minimalist planting. Interlocking rectangles of paving and grass. High quality touches such as nice edging and outdoor furniture. Keep your lines clean and dead straight, a balanced layout, and it'll look high end.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    I'd agree 100% with Will. You won't achieve that look without any cash. The decking needs to be good quality and you can then compromise with other areas. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913

    Thought the OP said the second picture - isn't that the one with the lawn on the left and a cultivated area with possibly a fruit tree on the right? Or have I misunderstood image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Katherine WKatherine W Posts: 410

    Yep, can't figure out what picture we are talking about. Can you paste it in a message?

    If it is the one with all the decking, good luck... I am a great skip-snooper, always fishing stuff out of the rubbish like a racoon, but it would be difficult to get that look with free stuff, unless you are willing to invest a LONG time searching for your materials...

    A SMALL area of decking, just for a table and chairs would be doable with pallets and such, but it still takes quite some work, because most pallets are pretty rough... and others are very flimsy, cant take your weight... and agin others hav to much space between slats. And disassembling pallets is a royal pain in the backside. I know! image But you could try that, and finish the rest with grass (although that's rather high maintenance), ground cover, shrubs etc. Plants you can always manage cheap if you are resourceful. Lots can be grown from seed or cuttings, and neighbours are often happy to pass bits of this and that (sometimes LOTS of this and that)

    I'd rather get an idea of what you can recycle in your area, and then design starting from there rather than doing it the other way around. It can be very frustrating else.

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