Some Garden Projects on a Budget and a bit of Richard Burton…

Something to listen to as you look through these ideas…. Richard Burton reading  Fern Hill’ by Dylan Thomas

I’m short on time to get this post out so i’m going to share with you some of my favourite diy / upcycling ideas for your gardens. A central core of my life and ethos of Humble Cottage is the spirit of thriftiness, creativity and reusing and repurposing the stuff that we have lying around. This invariably makes things cheaper too – so it’s a win, win situation all round.


The last few years i have had small urban gardens and now a small cottage garden. I like to keep some of the groundspace for just hanging out and it makes sense to explore ideas of vertical planting;

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

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Edible Garden
succulent Garden

Or How about a  DIY Succulent Pallet Table?

Succulents playing together.

DIY Vertical Garden with Reclaimed Gutters...In these challenging times,  we can use creative and cheap ideas to grow our own food. Cut and come again lettuces are great for these as they have low growing root systems.

Suzanne Forsling Gutter Garden


Repurposed Trampoline-

I work at Glastonbury in the recycling team and gosh its a crime how many tents are left at the end of the festival. I’ve noticed a fashion for cheapo teepee like tents in the last few’s an idea for making a better use of it than going to landfill.

DIY Home Décor: The Light Bulb Vase

This is really pretty and could be used inside or outside.

 Wednes DIY Home Décor: The Light Bulb Vase


Planter from wine bottle

Build Your Own Outdoor Cob Oven for Great Bread and Pizza

A great project especially as they are a minimum of about £600 to buy! Get your friends around to help and this one would cost you about £30….

build your own pizza oven  cob pizza oven

Tyre Seats – I love this idea it’s so simple and the great thing about tyres is not that you can place them in great curving shapes…

All Natural Graffiti Made from Moss- This is just brilliant, brilliant and one of my favourite ideas x

moss graffiti

How to Make Garden Lanterns

Make your own candleholders from recycled tin cans

This is one of the cheapest of ideas on here, we all have tin cans and most of them end up being recycled and its better to reuse rather than recycle…and in the process bring the joy of outdoor lighting into your life.

And lastly if you really haven’t got green fingers how about spray painted chicken wire alliums?

This is spray-painted chicken wire!

Hope these have helped inspire you – keri – Humble Cottage x



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