Now is the best time to order your seeds, plants and sundry items for the coming growing season. I try to take advantage of whatever discounts are on offer and it’s worth checking what seed company your local gardening club / Horticultural Society is affiliated to as they tend to receive large discounts.
For example my local village club is linked to Dobies and with our online code I received just over 50% off my seed order (also 10% off plants/sundries) which is a great saving. I’m also a member of the National Vegetable Society which is linked to Marshalls who offer a straight 10% off orders over £30.
I had plenty of seeds left over from last season which are still viable so only needed to stock up on a few such as leeks and squash. I’ve bought some strawberry plants and a few extra raspberry canes – Marshalls added 5 free strawberry plants as I had just over £20 of soft fruit and with a few sundry items I received the 10% discount for an over £30 spend. I know these offers are there to tempt you in but if you were going to buy the items anyway it’s worth shopping around.
One final recommendation at this time of year is to visit a local potato day if you can. They are a great place to buy cheap seed potatoes – all of which can be bought as singles or in packs so you can try out different varieties very cheaply. Plus they have lots of veg growing related stalls – my local Potato Day is the Hampshire one based at Whitchurch, well worth a visit.