Reality bites!

G’day again, Steve here from ’20 dollar garden challenge’ with another instalment of my incredibly gripping tale of one family’s dream to have a great front and backyard for minimal money spent, doing most of the work myself and keeping everyone entertained (I hope!) while I do so.

This post deals with a common scourge that faces every gardener, whether your plot is big or small, (or you’ve completely lost it like me at times,) and that is WEEDS!

This has nothing to do with the now popular 4/20 fad that seems to be getting mentioned everywhere on the interwebs, but completely deals with all of those horrible little things that like to pop up, take all the nutrients and the space of your established or growing plants, and then hang around until you do something about them.

And so far this week, that is what I’ve been tackling, and I have to say it is one of the least enjoyable jobs that is needed to get the gardens into shape. (I have a feeling that this is a common sentiment amongst gardeners.)

I’ve included some pictures of the progress that I’ve made with the front garden, and hopefully you’ll be able to see that it’s starting to become pleasant to the eye.


A section of the front garden that's been weeded.

A section of the front garden that’s been weeded.


Another section of the garden that has been weeded.

Another section of the garden that has been weeded.


Here's some of the weeds and branches that are now occupying our green waste bin.

Here’s some of the weeds and branches that are now occupying our green waste bin.


Thankfully, most of the weeds have now been removed, just in time for Autumn and Winter rains, so they’ll come back again with a vengeance! lol (Not if I have anything to say about it.)

We’re looking to put some mulch down to retain moisture and reduce the incidence of weed growth, thinking that using pine needles dropped from the trees and stripped from the branches will help. (We’ve noticed quite a lot of pine needles on the ground, and the soil beneath is nice and moist and relatively free from weeds.)

By doing this, it means we can get some mulch but without having to pay for it, which works really well with the budget! (Just involves me paying in sweat and hard work, currencies used throughout history to pay for work.)

So to recap, the rules for ’20 dollar garden challenge’ are:

1 The budget for each week of the challenge is, surprise, surprise, $20.
2 I can’t spend any of the budget in advance.
3 If something costs more than $20, it has to be paid off in instalments.
4 Receipts for ALL items, materials, etc, have to be kept and displayed.
5 If I don’t/can’t spend any money in a particular week, I still have to do something in the garden, (for example pruning or removing trees, making a garden feature from available materials/items, or from items I salvage, have donated to the challenge, etc.)
5a If friends or relatives want to help with the challenge, paying them in kind with BBQ and some beer/wine, etc, is perfectly acceptable.
7 Have approximately two years to complete the challenge.

(No doubt there may be a bit of tweaking of the rules during the ongoing challenge, but that just makes things interesting I reckon.)

That’s all from ’20 dollar garden challenge’ for this post, I hope you’re having fun following the carnage, and maybe getting excited about doing your own renovations.

Or maybe you’re looking at this and thinking, “Stuff this, I’ll pay someone to get it done.”

Either way, good luck and I look forward to updating you with progress from the challenge.

Total budget remaining: $100

Cheers, Steve.



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