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I love to hunt for bargains in the big DIY stores, you get some brilliant plants for next to nothing and they usually just need a bit of TLC to bring them back to life


  • Yes there are some very, very good bargains to be had on the past-their best shelves!! I still think plants are amazingly inexpensive when you consider what goes in to their production, and I have yet to meet a hugely wealthy plant grower/nurseryman, whatever some of the garden centres might add on...and they really do have an all-in dedication-needing job, can't go off on hols for even a day in the summer!I suggest you suggest clients visit garden centres themselves to get an idea of prices?
  • hiya im new to gardening ,well nearly my 1st annaversary ive turned my lawn at the front of my house to a veg patch can u all pitch in and give me some advise ive double dug were my potoatoes are going and worked in some organic matter and just single dug the rest added a bit of sand for drainage but i need tips on growing all your secrets please
  • I agree that there are some bargains in bedding and packs to be had, but generally, as a self employed gardener and planting designer I have been shocked at how much more plants are costing at Nurseries this year compared to the last few years. This is not really a reflection on any particular Nursery we use as it seems to be general but Shrubs especially have increased in price, some to £12 or more when for the last 3 or 4 years they have been around £8. I should think the weather and upkeep of Nurseries has caused this - they must have struggled with the climate this year. But it is hard to make clients understand the dramatic rise in costs.
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