How does your garden grow? On a budget!

Growing a garden on a budget

One thing I am keen to do with the children is to grow some fruit and vegetables in the garden each year so they know where their food comes from and also helps encourage healthy eating habits. It is something I have been meaning to do myself for years so this year I used birthday money to buy a few bits and bobs for the garden, some seeds and some compost.

I was not sure if M would enjoy this yet but she was so excited - there may or may not have been tears and a tantrum when I said it was time to stop!

I bought a variety of seeds and planted them in little containers as the garden is just not suitable for having a vegetable patch with having two dogs and a cat. I am hoping, where possible, to grow as much as possible in containers.

What we are trying to grow:

Sweet basil
Coriander (my absolute favourite!)
Chilli peppers

What we do I still want to grow:

More herbs


We made a mess but M really enjoyed it and knew what to do. She enjoyed getting the compost into the tubs, then sprinkling the seeds (we might not get much broccoli or cabbage) and then covering the seeds again. What amazed me is that she knew the minute we got a watering can that it was to water the seeds! She must have paid more attention when I was in the garden last year than I thought she would be able to.

On a budget

I am trying to do as much as I can on a budget and so I got seeds from Aldi for 19p and a mini greenhouse for £14.99 which I bought with birthday money. I got some trays to plant the seeds - 10 for £3 and a couple of pink ones for £3 each. As the seeds grow we will made post out of old plastic bottes, tins, jars and buckets.


To help make decorations for the garden I made an owl out of an old Coke bottle and some paints found in the house.

It was simple enough using instructions from Pinterest - cut top and bottle of bottle off, cut off the lid, join together and paint.

I now can not wait for the seeds to grow and the garden to start changing over the years!

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.


  1. Ah good luck for your growing! She looks very happy to be planting them and getting her hands dirty

    1. Thanks, certainly hope that something grows! Don't think M would care as long as she gets to stay dirty lol

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  2. Oh wow! I really want to grow things, it's amazing how cheap this is!!! I'm going to go and get some of these and do some ourselves. What a lovely little project to do together. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with #whatevertheweather x

  3. It will be fantastic to watch all your efforts as the seeds grow. I love growing plants, especially useful ones to eat! Great bargains on the trays too, looking forward to seeing how your garden grows! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x