Garden Design for Under $50

Try these ideas to update your garden for $50 or less.

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Photo By: Photo by Lori Johnston

Photo By: Photo by Lori Johnston

Test Your Soil

Start off with the right foundation by having your soil tested. Local extension offices are among those that provide soil testing for an affordable price.

Look for Deals

To make the most of your $50, buy direct from the grower in your town, and get there early in the morning before the plants sell out. That way, you won't miss out on deals, such as an 18-pack pansy flat for $8. Also watch out for garden club plant sales.

Garden Color

For an immediate update, use your $50 to buy a basic container, potting soil, and a pretty annual or perennial. A punch of color is one of the most effective routes on a small budget, says Sheri Dorn, extension horticulturist, consumer ornamentals for the University of Georgia.

Pallet Planter

For garden beds and decor, recycle and reuse pallets. The form of a pallet makes excellent rows for seed plants, such as radishes and lettuce, says Georgia teacher Shawna McGrath.  

Make Wise Plant Picks

Popular perennials such as heuchera plants can be a smart, cost-effective option for your garden because of the striking large rounded or heart-shaped foliage and the added benefit of a bloom, says Sheri Dorn, extension horticulturist, consumer ornamentals for the University of Georgia.

Create Your Own Greenhouse

Old windows from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore cover a straw bale greenhouse, which cost less than $50 to put together, says Georgia teacher Shawna McGrath. The yellow window frames also add a pop of color.

Enjoy a DIY Project

Used 2-liter bottles can be repurposed as planters (in front of windows from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore). Georgia teacher Shawna McGrath used the planters to add fall flowers that attract monarch butterflies.

Butterfly Shelter

Attract beautiful creatures by bringing a butterfly house into your garden. You can find them for less than $25 at stores such as Tractor Supply. Then personalize it, with this one painted by students in Georgia teacher Shawna McGrath's class.

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