Tips and ideas on creating a beautiful vegetable garden on a budget. Learn how to make your garden pretty with simple, small, backyard layout. Build a budget friendly fence, add vegetables, perennials and herbs.
This post was originally written in 2017 but has been updated, April 4, 2020
Tips for Creating a Beautiful Vegetable Garden
I didn’t realize how rewarding having a garden could be. Hot summer days were often started early in the morning with a cup of coffee in hand as I strolled through the rows looking at the current growth of plants.
Spending time outside watering the plants, listening to the children play nearby and hearing the birds sing brought peace to my day. Having a garden filled with blooming flowers and vegetables created a space that was desirable to work in. Here are my tips for creating a beautiful vegetable garden.
Add a Fence
When I began planning an area for my garden I knew that I wanted to create a space that was inviting and wonderful to work in. My husband had access to the 4×4 posts and so I dug each hole to place the post in. The slates were created from the same kind of 4×4 post but I used a table saw to cut them into slates and then screwed them to the post.
Because the wood was free from my husbands place of employment, I didn’t have to pay anything for my fence other than the screws to hold the boards in place.
Add Vintage Garden Decor
After putting the fence around the garden, I decided to add a garden gate. The gate was created by cutting a wooden door in half. I then attached hinges to the fence and the door to create my garden gate.
Look for corners to tuck old items like smaller step ladders and bird houses. Step ladders are great for putting terracotta pots on that can be planted with herbs. They are also pretty with little concrete animals sitting on the ladder steps.
Be creative with cast out broken shovels and items like old mailboxes. I took a metal mailbox and deemed it the spot of those items like old broken shovels and garden tools. It creates a bit of whimsy in your space.
Add a Garden Arbor
To create the garden arbor, I found three separate metal pieces at a local garage sale. My husband welded them together to create the arbor. At the edge of the arbor, I planted climbing garden roses.
Add Perennials and Annuals
Add in flowers along the edges of the garden or even expand the front part of your garden area to create a place to plant some beautiful flowers. This provides fresh cut flowers for your home and flowers have a way of creating a sense of calm.
Sunflowers are one of my favorite annuals to add to the vegetable garden. They provide beauty all summer long and as fall arrives, the birds love to eat the seeds.
Add a Bird Bath
Add a bird bath. This not only provides a place for the birds to take a bath but it helps give the pollinators a place to drink. Place a rock in the water bath that will be a little higher than the water level. Butterflies and bees love to have a place to land near water. Birds, butterflies and bees are all beneficial to the garden.
My Favorite Gardening Essentials
As I have been gardening for several years, I have added items to my garden to create organization and beauty. I have also invested in some high quality tools that I know will last for years to come. Here are a few of my favorite products that I use.
- Zinc Metal Plant Marker
- Slate Plant Labels
- 3-Tool Bundle with Holder
- Perennial Spade with Long Handle
- Compost Digging Scoop with T-Handle
- Oval Aged Watering Can
Tips for Creating a Beautiful Vegetable Garden on a Budget
The supplies that you need for starting a garden can add up very quickly. Here are a few vegetable garden tips for creating a beautiful garden on a budget.
Start Seeds Indoors
Starting seeds indoors will cost you less than buying your plants already started. A packet of non-gmo, heirloom seeds from a company like Bakers Creek, will cost less than $4.00. You will receive enough seeds to plant, save for the following year or to share with a friend.
Use Branches as Trellis
In a small garden, it is essential to go vertical in growing vegetables to maximize space. To create a trellis, I used branches. I stuck the branches into the ground, crossed them at the top and used twine to hold them together. As the beans grow up the poles, it creates a beautiful space.
Use Wood Chips for Mulching Walkways
Mulching a garden to help with weed control can be very costly. A budget friendly way to create a beautiful garden walkway is to use wood chips from a local tree trimmer.
Our local tree trimmer was more than happy to unload wood chips in our yard for free. I allowed the wood chips to sit for a season, then used them next year to create the walkways through the garden.
Creating a Beautiful Vegetable Garden Inspirational Posts
Looking back through these garden photos, I realize how much I miss this garden space. I had mixed vegetables with flowers, as well as unique vintage elements to create a beautiful vegetable garden space.
In recent years, I have shared a lot more gardening posts that I hope you can find inspiration in.
- Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
- Starting Seeds in Eggshells
- Building Raised Garden Beds and a Day in the Garden
- Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Tour
- How to Plant and Grow Onions
- Garden Pest Control Spray
- DIY Slate Vegetable Garden Plant Label Markers
- Easy DIY String Tomato Trellis
- Cedar Raised Vegetable Garden Beds