Time to spend some of the budget!

G’day everyone and welcome to another exciting edition of “20 dollar garden challenge.” I hope this post finds you well and progressing nicely with your respective projects, things have been moving slowly forward here, as you are about to find out.

Just recently my lovely wife Linda, the moving force (whip cracker) behind this blog, decided that it would be a good idea to have a bit of a look for some items that would be useful for the garden, particularly plants and assorted items.

Instead of paying top dollar for these items though, we decided that it would beneficial, and in the spirit of the challenge, (and the budget), to visit some of the garage sales in the area, as well as the clearance racks of a nearby garden centre. (Some of the items I’ll show you were actually given away, which is a bonus for us.)

The first of the items that we ended up with was from a nearby neighbour’s place, who decided to get rid of a large piece of unused pegboard, great for use in the shed for storing tools, or perhaps for use in the garden as a form of trellis, or using it to hold planters, there are a wide variety of options available to us.

Here is an indication of the size of the pegboard that we found. (It measured 2.75m x 1.23m.

Here is an indication of the size of the pegboard that we found. (It measured 2.75m x 1.23m.

here's the price tag still on the pegboard. We saved over $50!

Here’s the price tag still on the pegboard. We saved over $50!

Some of the other items that we picked up have actually cost us some money, though not a great deal of it which has been fantastic, especially in regards to the budget.

One item we bought was a butchers’ block, complete with the most important accessory, a built-in bottle opener! We managed to get this solid timber table, and a couple of folding timber and metal chairs for only $20! (I guess watching all of those episodes of “American Pickers” has been of some use, lol.

This is the butchers' block that we picked up. We may use it indoors, or outdoors when preparing bbqs.

This is the butchers’ block that we picked up. We may use it indoors, or outdoors when preparing bbqs.

The two chairs we picked up when we got the butchers' block. We plan to paint them and use them in the kids' section.

The two chairs we picked up when we got the butchers’ block. We plan to paint them and use them in the kids’ section.

We also picked up some stuff for the kids to use in the garden, not only when it’s under renovations, but also once it’s finished.

Hunter's wheelbarrow - cost: nothing; value: priceless when watching Hunter run around 'helping Daddy in the garden.'

Hunter’s wheelbarrow – cost: nothing; value: priceless when watching Hunter run around ‘helping Daddy in the garden.’

The wheelbarrow that we got for Hunter was accompanied for the same price; nothing, at a garage sale by a teeball bat and ball (to go with the set we picked up from a previous garage sale for $5) and a hula hoop, from a seller who’d had a pretty good day and was just wanting to pack up for the day.

Some of the items we purchased from a garden centre were punnets of lettuce, beans and one of peppermint, for the grand total of $6, normally $4.95 each, but reduced to clear, and as you will hopefully see in the future, flourishing in their new homes.

So we’ve managed to spend a grand total of $31 for all of the aforementioned items, and the budget left over still remains at $109. Pretty good going I reckon, and once we get some of the heavy work done and the vegetable patches organised and up and running, hopefully we’ll see some real benefits starting to come our way.

I’ll give those who are new to “20 dollar garden challenge” a chance to peruse the rules of the challenge.

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.
6 CAN’T BUY NEW POWER TOOLS! 😦
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 me for the time being, I’ve got to do some more work to be able to have something for the next post. Until then, I hope your projects run smoothly and all goes well.

Cheers, Steve Taylor 🙂

 

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