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Ways of economising with money


would be very welcome from other Goyers. We have
all been clobbered with fuel costs. I am tired of these
T/V presenters who never give any help with the cost of gardening. They get everything for nothing. Wish we did.

Today I bought the plants for my 3 balcony half
baskets. Have potted them into 2" pots. They
will need 3" pots next month.

12 Dark Red Trailing Geraniums.
3 Surfinias.
8 Nepetas.
Total cost £29. (Last year same baskets cost me £21
and I thought that was expensive.)
Thats without the compost for the 3" pots .

Have decided to transplant Cactii, and other succulents,
that dont mind being dry, from my garden
to the surface of these baskets as they are paid for !

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Have you thought of looking at the the supermarkets , I bought sempervivum for 1.50 from tesco and got bedding plants from there last year, aldi have good offers too, not sure about the others but they probably will too.

1 Apr, 2014


Morrisons usually have a decent garden section. I got a flat of 6 primroses a couple years back for about £3 I think. They were a good size as well (and have been lovely little plants). I had my nans Camelia from there as well. Can't remember how much but I know it was cheaper than most places.

Some of the plants at Morrisons can be a little small (especially perennials and shrubs), but for the price your paying its hard to grumble.

I've been starting a fair few plants from seeds this year (most of which are freebies from magazines and the like). The only thing I've purchased so far is the compost (which I've found a place by moms which sells a great multipurpose compost at a really good price). I've been saving fruit and tomato containers from the supermarkets to use as my seed trays. So far they've been working really well. When it comes to potting on, if I run out of pots I may make my own paper pots from old newspapers.

1 Apr, 2014


I always take cuttings from friends shrubs....costs nothing...otherwise for bedding plants I use seed....a lot cheaper than buying does take a while for them to develope...but I like the exitement watching them grow.

1 Apr, 2014


Just outside of our town is a nursery that sells pots of bedding plants at £1 a pot, all one has to do is thin them out and grow them on at home, they also have a bargain section in their polytunnels that we check out each season, leftover stock and they just need a little TLC, always worth the effort and saves us a fortune, I was wondering if you might have something similar where you live Diane...

2 Apr, 2014


Watch out for private plant stalls outside garden gates. I have one for my excess plants. Generous prices, but I don't do bedding.

2 Apr, 2014


the other possibility is the garden centre's attached to b&q. i frequent them and often purchase end of season 2 for 1 chuck-outs.

if you are buying a perenial, get a good plant a look to see if it can be divided before planting

21 Apr, 2014


There is often a plant stall outside the church door
at a Flower Festival. Worth remembering where they
are. There is usually one at Brigstock, Lincslass.

25 Apr, 2014

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