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A SELF-CONFESSED broke girl has revealed the super simple ways she saves money in her garden – and how she’s double her growing space too. 

Ellie suggested using old cinder blocks to create raised garden beds on the cheap, and stackable plant pots to double or triple how much you can grow. 

She also suggested trying to repurpose everything – even using old palettes to make a DIY walkway. 

Known online as @elliebagwell, the green-fingered content creator regularly shares budget-friendly gardening tips with her 119,600 followers. 

In a new TikTok reel, she said: “Broke girl garden hacks.”

“Number one, cinder blocks are raised garden beds. They do great.”


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Her second tip showed how to cram loads into small gardens – her trick being stackable plant pots. 

“Next, we have these stackable containers. This is not a hack, but this is definitely budget friendly.

“$1 25 a piece, you can fit a lot of plants in a small space.”

Shoppers can pick these up from various retailers, including Amazon and B&Q, with prices starting at just £10.99. 

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She continued: “Use old pallets for borders or sidewalks. That's what I did.”

Ellie also suggested looking on preloved sites like Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree to find cheap pots, trellises and garden arches. 

She added: “You can grow things very easily on chicken wire. This is another trellis.

“Everything here was free. The chicken wire or the fencing I got on marketplace for free.

“Always be on the lookout for sales on garden beds because I found this 8 by 4 for $50, and this thing fits a lot.

“This trellis is a frame from an old greenhouse that cost me $5.

“Find free pots on marketplace. They work great for a container gardening.”

Fans loved her savvy tips, with the video gaining more than 12,900 likes and 128,700 views. 

In the comments, keen gardeners shared their reactions, with one writing: “This is my type of gardening. I don't need insta worthy, I need cheap.”

“Followed the moment you said broke gardener,” commented another. 

Others shared their own tips, with another adding: “Put a cut solo cup in the middle of those stackable pots so you don’t have to use soil for the middle part where you don’t grow anything.”

Ellie replied: “This is a great money saving idea.”

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Someone else put: “Grow herbs and flowers in those spaces of the cinder blocks! It’ll save you space for veggies!”

A third shared: “I just built an elevated garden bed from a free pallet! It was SO easy!”

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