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GartenerGartener Posts: 99
In times like this when everything is closed, where to get the usual gardening supplies?

I need to top dress my lawn but cant get hold of topsoil, Sharp sand and Peat moss. The only place i could find was Wickes but they are only doing home deliveries for larger quantities.

Also all the super markets haven’t got much left in terms of seeds and bulbs etc. It doesnt seem likely that we’ll be getting much supplies of bedding plants either (petunias, lobelias, geraniums etc).

Any other ideas, where to source the stuff?
    
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Many online seed/plant suppliers appear to be operating normally, so you could try a few of those.  I forgot parsnip and a couple of other veg seeds in my usual 'christmas' seed order so had to order some online on March 18th.  They arrived within a week, as did a box of plug plants I ordered while I was on their website.
    Getting sand and other heavy stuff is another matter and I wouldn't personally want to burdon carriers with heavy, non-vital goods at this time.  If you have room, perhaps order just enough from wickes to get a home delivery and store some for next year?  I can't imagine Wickes lorries are being used to deliver vital food or medical equipment/supplies, so my conscience would be clear if I ordered a pallet of bagged manure from them, for example.
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  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,021
    Are there no garden centres in the area offering deliveries? 2 within 15 mins of me are and have taken photos of a lot of stock to list on facebook.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,161
    You could try B&Q,  they are now doing home delivery only  - info  here
    https://www.diy.com/customer-support/delivery/
    They should have the top soil and sharp sand, but l don't know about peat moss ? Also bulbs and seeds.
    https://www.diy.com/departments/outdoor-garden/plants-seeds-bulbs/bulbs/DIY581228.cat#icamp=SRD_FlowerBulbs
  • GartenerGartener Posts: 99
    AnniD said:
    You could try B&Q,  they are now doing home delivery only  - info  here
    https://www.diy.com/customer-support/delivery/
    They should have the top soil and sharp sand, but l don't know about peat moss ? Also bulbs and seeds.
    https://www.diy.com/departments/outdoor-garden/plants-seeds-bulbs/bulbs/DIY581228.cat#icamp=SRD_FlowerBulbs
    If you look at the individual items on B&Q website, none of them are available to order (neither delivery nor Click & Collect).
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,021
    I see Wickes have an estimated hour long queue just to view the bloody website at the minute!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,161
    Gartener said:
    If you look at the individual items on B&Q website, none of them are available to order (neither delivery nor Click & Collect).
    Curses, foiled again. Apologies if l built your hopes up @Gartener .
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737
    We have an independent ‘Ironmonger’ in Norwich city centre ... they’ve started to offer free local delivery for orders over £15 ... maybe you have something similar in your area?
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  • I suppose you have to look out for the specialists when the general stores let us down. 

    They seem to have stock but only deliver fairly large quantities: https://www.gardentopsoildirect.co.uk/turf-dressing/sterilised-turf-dressing
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  • ZenjeffZenjeff Posts: 643
    Around our way a good few of the smaller garden centres have turned to delivery service only just checked a couple most composts in stock and£5 delivery charge .
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,637
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52098436 looks like there may be less choice in the future if a third of the trade goes bust.
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