We’ve been at our home for nine years now. Every year I allot about $500 towards our garden. Having an acre and budgeting such a small amount has its challenges. Nine years ago we bought a trampoline. Six years ago, the money was mostly spent on bark mulch. Seven years ago, I spent the money on building garden boxes. Two years ago we bought cement for our covered deck. Last year was a new BBQ and a new lawnmower. This year is some more cement to finish off the deck, some plants, and a new patio set.
$500 doesn’t go very far these days. Pinterest has given me plenty of ideas on “up cycling” and dealing with what we have on hand. We have grown lettuce and green onions from the stalks of the remaining vegetables. We compost as much as we can and use our rain barrels as well. Without having to spend a fortune, we do our best to keep the yard maintained. I have more moss than grass but hey it’s green and soft.
Most of our gardening time is spent pulling weeds and cutting back on brush. Trimming ferns and bushes takes up half the day. The end result looks amazing, even if it only lasts a week or two. The warm weather has been both a blessing and a curse. We get extra time to make the yard look nice, but we will have twice the amount of work to do in later months. The weeds are relentless this year. My fingernails are coated underneath with soil from digging down to pull the roots. My “yard work clothes” are getting washed more regularly. My back and knees are taking a beating as I bend over to work.
I love my yard. All the work we put into it makes me beam with pride and joy. Especially when the kids are out playing or our friends are over for a visit. We work hard to make it pretty. Of course I could spend a small fortune to get the outdoor kitchen and seating set I want. I don’t need to get further into debt just to have a few days of pleasure. We have plenty of seating as it is, it’s just not new- it’s up cycled.