Frugal Garden: recycling, compost, self-seeding

frugal garden - meadow
Ox eye daisies in the meadow

The frugal garden has been somewhat neglected due to health problems here this year. But nature carries on regardless. Things still grow. And now a little catch up is happening, slowly, as can be managed.

Frugal Garden: Polytunnel

Life goes on in the polytunnel. This was built of pallets and food hygiene plastic discarded by a food factory. Cardboard box path.

frugal garden: polytunnel built from recycled materials
Polytunnel interior

You can see nasturtiums which self-seeded from last year and lettuce seedlings from a cheap pack of Lidl seeds which we just scattered onto a layer of homemade compost (see compost post here). Last year’s winter lettuce, kale and cabbage are still providing copious leaves. Some beans have been planted in the gaps. And some things have grown out of the compost by themselves:

A sturdy butternut squash grows among pak choi seedlings. Some tomato plants have come up like this too.


The latest upcycled pallet project, a corner seating unit, just in need of facings:

frugal garden: pallet furniture

Our favourite place to buy seeds (apart from Lidl!)

Thompson and Morgan because the seeds (and plants) are super high quality and always grow.

Other frugal garden posts and pages

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