images (76)Money saving gardening tips


With so much pressure on the family budget nowadays, spending money on your garden may sometimes appear like an extravagant expense. Read our money saving hints and tips to find out how to make your money go further in the garden, so you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful garden without emptying your wallet!

1. A good first step is to take a look at our latest special offers or even better, sign up for our newsletters so you never miss out on any future special deals – some of which are only available to subscribers.

2. If your greenhouse is heated, do you really need to heat all of it? Thompson & Morgan’s Andrew Tokely says that by hanging a plastic sheet across the middle you can reduce the space you have to heat, saving money on heating. And insulating with bubble wrap (with an old piece of curtain or something similar over the door) is also a great help.

3. Another great idea is to invest in our ever-popular Paper Potter is an easy way to recycle old newspapers and make your own pots. When seedlings are ready to plant out, transplant them straight into the garden in their bio-degradable paper pots!.

4. Did you know you can grow salad leaves such as Baby Leaf Salad right through the winter? You need never buy expensive bags of supermarket salad again!

5. You can easily turn any old plastic bottle into a neat watering can with our Bottle Top Roses. Simply screw onto the bottle and use to water your seed pots or trays.

6. Now is a good time to collect bare twigs for use later as pea or bean supports as they look more natural than plastic in the garden and they are free! And if you have a shredder you can make your own mulch.

7. Don’t throw away old egg boxes – they are great for chitting potatoes.

8. When choosing what to grow, take at a look at what is available in our 3 for 2 seed and plant ranges – there are some great bargains to be had.

9. If you are growing your own vegetables, concentrate on the varieties which give the best value, either because they are expensive to buy in the shops, such as peppers and ‘gourmet’ potatoes (such as Charlotte and Pink Fir Apple), or because they give a high yield – runner beans and Perpetual Spinach for example.

10. Finally, don’t waste money on gyms or sports, just get into the garden and start digging! It’s great exercise and it costs nothing at all!