My budget was set for the year at fifty quid, though I knew I'd go over it. When I last totaled up my spending-so-far it came to £69.85. Since then I've not exactly been extravagant, but have spent a wee bit more.
£2.50 - two Verbena plants (an impulse buy as they were so pretty)
£2.50 - bin bags - needed to bag up some of the sand and limestone unearthed when I've taken up brick paving. Ooof! They're heavy when they're full.
£2.00 - two black plastic planter tubs, reduced in Wilko's sale, 35cm diameter
50p - another bargain from Wilko - a hanging basket, complete with chain and coco liner. I'm planning to pop a strawberry plant in there, or maybe tomatoes next year.
£1.00 - two Ageratum plants, reduced in price for a quick sale
£9.00 - bamboo canes to make wigwams for runner beans to clamber up. Seems an awful lot for a few bits of bamboo, but at least they should last for a good while.
£1.48 - two herb plants, reduced from two quid each courtesy of Tesco.
£21.50 - seeds. Yup, I know! I went a bit crazy when there was a sale online with packets for a quid each. I did get some fab bargains though, lots of different varieties of cosmos that I'm looking forward to growing.
£9.50 - various plastic tubs and saucers, needed for growing veg. Nothing flashy, but sturdy and hard wearing.
£1.00 - garden netting
£2.25 - gardening gloves - I've got loads of right hand gloves, but really wear out the fingertips on the left hand ones. Have to keep buying new pairs. If only shops sold single left gloves!
60p - a box of dried peas, ideal for growing pea shoots
£46.46 - potting compost. I was surprised at how much I've spent on that, but it's essential, especially where I'm building up raised beds.
Right. Let's get the calculator out ... and the total is .... tah dah!!
Blimey, the best part of two hundred quid. Well, at least I know lots of what I've bought - tubs, plant saucers, seeds and so on - will be useful for months and years to come. Plus, even in its fledgling state the front and back gardens give me a lot of pleasure, so they're worth the time and money.
How's your budget looking? Or have you given up on keeping track?