The boards for the pergola were from an old deck. So if you see a neighbor tearing down an old deck, offer to haul away the debris for free! We peruse yard sales to find items to decorate our outdoor space for pennies. The curtains on the pergola are actually drop clothes hung on inexpensive tension rods.
Sometimes you have to make things work with what you have available. This is good for a number of reasons in my opinion. The first reason that comes to mind and the one reflected in this blog’s title is money. Blah. Let’s not talk about it because I think you get the idea. The next reason is dear Mother Earth. Maybe it’s just us but we get a kick out of reusing things in a new and clever way. Not only do we reduce waste but we force ourselves to be creative. When we succeed we also have a nice talking point when guests visit. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve begun a conversation with, “This used to be _______.” True, owning a construction company gives us more access to “waste” building supplies than the average person, but from other blogs that I have read people often find sources on their own. More often than not reusing materials gives the final project a nice rustic appearance. This is another plus if you ask me. That rustic look blends with natural surroundings so much better than something shiny and new. Take a look at some of our creations for ideas and feel free to reproduce them. After all, imitation is the best form of flattery. And what is the best way to garden on a budget? Be creative!
The Garden Structure
The result of another deck tear down and some old pallets for the greens garden. The bricks for the path were salvaged as well.
Tom fashioned our tin man from cans originally destined for the recycling center. The owl was rescued from our neighbor's trash can. The hope is that he helps scare off other birds.
Other Odds & Ends
The blocks were relocated from our front flower beds to a shade garden in our backyard. Sometimes simply moving something from one location to another gives it a fresh new look. The tulips were given to me last Easter. Rather than pitching the pot once the flowers had died, I planted the bulbs in a flower bed. Beautiful! Our woodpile was originally just that - a pile. A big messy looking pile. When the kid's playhouse became rundown and dangerous, we dismantled it and gave the house a new purpose.
Every yard needs an airplane, right? My son sure thought so when he was about 5 years old and lucky for him his Papa had a pile of scrap wood with "airplane" written all over it. Our youngest now uses it for very serious missions.
Our porch was boring and after a "few" ideas found on Pinterest and subtly placed in the husband's head via text and email, he presented me with the perfect solution. It has rustic charming appeal and even gives me another place to pop in some flowers. Thanks dear husband!
Have I mentioned how much I love composting? Our version is nothing fancy but it works. It's made of some pallets and miscellaneous boards. To the right of the bin we have a birdhouse also fashioned out of scrap wood.
The Beloved Dandelion
How else can you save money and help preserve our beautiful planet? Skip the lawn treatments! Dandelions are beautiful and provide endless fun for children.
Meet Tom - the guy who make my ideas happen. He's an all right guy. I guess you could say I'm fond of him. He also happens to be a great Papa and master of fire pit pizza and bread baking. The stone and brick around the fire pit? Salvaged of course!
Welcome to The Green Brick Road. My name is Valerie, and I invite you to join me and my family on our gardening adventure. We hope that you will learn with us and grow with us. Pun intended!