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 soon grow. Here we look at buying the essentials as a first-time gardener – without it costing the earth.
GET YOUR GLOVES ON: Bag a green-fingered bargain. Two pairs of large soft grip gardening gloves at Homebase are £4. The usual price is £3 per pair.
DON’T FORK OUT: Wilko’s hand fork and trowel set costs just £2, while the Rolson carbon steel border spade is £10 at The Original Factory Shop. And Black & Decker’s 30in poly fan rake has been reduced from £12.95 to just £6.45 at Homebase.
SAVE: £6.50 on fan rake
GRAB A BUNDLE: Save by getting a haul of tools in one go. The ten-pack gardening kit – which includes pruner, weeder, hand fork, trowel, hand rake, transplanter, hand sprayer and gloves – is reduced from £62.78 to £43.95 at manomano.co.uk
WATERED DOWN: The 6.5l Strata watering can will only set you back £4 from The Original Factory Shop. Or check out the Homebase clearance sale. The 4.5-litre grey watering can is now a mere £4, down from £16.95.
BOOK WORM: Bag a saving on a book to help guide you through 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 when buying bulbs and plants from Gardening Express by shopping via Topcashback. New customers can get up to 13 per cent back. Head over to topcashback.co.uk/gardening-express.
GET IT FREE: See if you can pick up tools, plant pots and other gardening bits without paying a penny on Freecycle, Freegle, Freelywheely or Trash Nothing – or very cheaply via Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. Not only will this save you money, it will prevent unwanted items from going into landfill.
And save on bigger items you only use occasionally – such as hedge trimmers, lawnmowers and chainsaws – by borrowing from a neighbour, or by clubbing together to buy one you can share.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers are subject to availability.
Deal of the day
TESCO has a Clubcard deal on its Progress ‘Go Healthy’ 28cm stir fry 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 will receive a Welcome Bonus of 10,000 Avios, double the usual sign-up reward of 5,000 Avios.
This is one of a series of new offers available. Find out more at americanexpress.com.
THIS gorgeous Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle, above, is £50. Or swap it for a Wild Fig and Pomegranate candle, below, from The Original Factory Shop for £4.
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KOPPARBERG’S alcohol-free Mixed Fruit Tropical drink is now reduced from £3.50 to £3 for a pack of four 330ml cans at both Tesco and Asda.
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