IF 2022 is the year you sow the seeds of a gardening hobby, you’ll need the right kit.
But like a well-watered border, costs can quickly add up. Here we look at buying the essentials as a beginner gardener – without costing the earth.
PUT ON YOUR GLOVES: Make a good deal with the green thumb. Two pairs of large, soft-grip gardening gloves at Homebase cost £4. The usual price is £3 per pair.
DO NOT PROVIDE: Wilko’s hand fork and trowel cost just £2, while the Rolson carbon steel edge shovel costs £10 from The Original Factory Shop. And Black & Decker’s 30-inch poly fan rake has been reduced from £12.95 to just £6.45 at Homebase.
SAVE: £6.50 on fan rake
GET A PACK: Save money by getting a multitude of tools in one go. The ten-pack gardening kit – which includes a pruner, weeder, hand fork, trowel, hand rake, transplanter, hand sprayer and gloves – is reduced from £62.78 to £43, £95 at manomano.co.uk
DILUTED: The Strata 6.5l watering can will cost you just £4 from The Original Factory Shop. Or check out Homebase’s clearance sale. The gray 4.5 liter watering can is now just £4, down from £16.95.
BOOKWORM: Save on a book to guide you in your new hobby. RHS: Gardening Through the Year is currently half price, reduced from £20 to £10 at theworks.co.uk.
CASH IN ON CASHBACK: Save by buying bulbs and plants at Gardening Express by shopping through Topcashback. New customers can get up to 13% off. Go to topcashback.co.uk/garding-express.
GET FREE: See if you can buy tools, flower pots and other garden tools without paying a dime on Freecycle, Freegle, Freelywheely or Trash Nothing – or very cheaply via Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. Not only will this save you money, but it will prevent unwanted items from going to the landfill.
And save on big items you only use occasionally — like hedge trimmers, lawn mowers and chainsaws — by borrowing from a neighbor or clubbing together to buy one you can share.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Offers/offers are subject to availability.
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TESCO has a Clubcard deal on its Progress ‘Go Healthy’ 28cm frying pan, down from £30 to £15.
Grab a six-pack of Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewells for just 95p at Asda, down from £1.90.
Sign up for the British Airways American Express credit card before February 28 and you’ll receive a welcome bonus of 10,000 Avios, which is double the usual sign-up reward of 5,000 Avios.
This is one of a series of new offers available. For more information, visit americanexpress.com.
THIS gorgeous Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle, above, costs £50. Or swap it for a Wild Fig and Pomegranate Candle, below, from The Original Factory Shop for £4.
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