A garden is an investment. You invest your time, certainly, but you also invest your money. While it can be expensive to put in a garden it doesn't have to be.
We moved into this house three years ago and until now I haven't had the time required to put in a proper garden. After measuring the area that was to become our outdoor pantry I estimated a one-time expense of over $300 to put in raised beds using cedar planks. I chose cedar because of its natural insect repellent properties, as well as its availability and low cost. At first I thought that I'd need to put in 1" X 6" planks, but after watching the excellent tutorials on building raised beds from John at Growing Your Greens I was confident that cedar fencing would work just fine. Then I had a thought- I wondered if I could get used, weathered but still viable cedar fencing for free?
I called a local fence company and sure enough, all I have to do is show up and I can get all of the free fencing I desire. Whenever a fence company replaces a fence they have to do one of several things with the old material:
This makes me happy. Not only have I just saved over $300, I'm doing something good for the environment by recycling.