I also don't have the gardening budget that I would like and am probably lucky that the temptation is not laid before me in abundance.
But bit by bit I find I am given or recycle items for the garden. My first attempt at fish was a water feature. It took me less than a minute after installation to realise that I was essentially putting the fish in the equivalent of 19th century concrete bear pits, so I bought a bigger pond and pump to afford them a better lifestyle. That pretty much got rid of the need for the water feature. So I took out the innards and turned it into this.
I've only just started to appreciate succulents, but have a little work to do on arrangement. Still it should grow into itself.
I also had a small cane shelf that I've had for over twenty years languishing in the shed. A little linseed oil to water proof it and some potted colour breathes new life into it.
Alison has told me to keep away from the dining setting.