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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby robo » Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:26 pm

I ordered some chocolate mint coleus seeds for my wife from Amazon little did I know they would be from China ,we waited over a month when we finally opened them there were ten seeds not one germinated
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Westi » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:08 pm

Funny you say that Oscar!

I ordered some garlic from France & it came from China as well! Looked fine so I gave it a go. I chatted with a friend who suggested that a lot of European companies have been bought out by Chinese companies, who basically get the whole crop shipped out there & then use what they need for local consumption & sell on the rest. So technically French but had a wee holiday in the east! (Got a cute little Chinese lucky charm in the parcel, so all will be OK - maybe)?

Westi BTW - Tom Thumb is a great lettuce, fast to grow, tasty & no waste - meal size portion in each!
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Geoff » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:33 am

I used to grow individual varieties of Sweet Peas but decided they had become too expensive so I changed to good quality mixed packets. I'm thinking of going back to specific varieties, anybody know a good source at reasonable prices?
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby snooky » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:43 pm

Geoff,try Kings Seeds.Their catalogue has pages of sweetpeas average count 20 seeds,average price £1-50 to £2-00 a pack.
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Geoff » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:56 pm

Have you seen the (DT) Brown Friday deal - lots of things £1.
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby OscarSidcup » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:21 pm

And Mr. Fothergill' is doing 50% off all seeds until Monday!
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Monika » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:45 pm

Geoff, back to sweet peas: Matthewmans sweet peas are all grown in England and their 'mixtures' are individually packed but cheaper than actual individual packets, if you know what I mean. We have been buying ours from Matthewmans for many years.
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Geoff » Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:12 pm

Thanks, I bought some from Eagle Sweet Peas (which have arrived and look good) and will top them up from Premier Seeds Direct when we get round to working out their order. Did lots of £1 DT Brown today.
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Pa Snip » Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:57 pm

OscarSidcup wrote:And Mr. Fothergill' is doing 50% off all seeds until Monday!


Geoff wrote: Did lots of £1 DT Brown today.


DT Brown and Mr Fothergill owned by same company, Van Meuwan also
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Beryl » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:54 pm

Vegetable Seeds are closing down, all seeds now 25p.
http://www.vegetableseeds.net/

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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:57 pm

Marshalls are selling blueberry Bluegold at half price. It's in a 5 litre pot and is my favourite variety and you don't often see it advertised. It is very productive and has a nice fruity flavour, not bland like the punnets you get in the shops.
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Pawty » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:18 am

Thanks plumbpudding,

I noticed that Tesco have lots of fruit bushes at the moment - I didn't see the varieties, but are £2 each. Good for someone starting out and seeing how they get on?

I don't have enough space for a fruit cage so haven't tried. Do you think the blue gold could be grown in a pot?

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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:08 am

Yes it's fine in a pot as it's a medium sized bush, but I always use one with a water reservoir and large enough for plenty of ericaceous compost so it doesn't dry out. You can also stick a few canes in and make a mini fruit cage with a bit of net. Top hat is a popular variety that is similar and did well in a pot, but has grown more since I planted it in a bottomless box in the border. Box is so I can grow it in ericaceous compost as border soil is neutral.
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Re: Bargain Basement

Postby Pawty » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:46 am

Thanks plumpudding.

Another bargain..... just had to renew my KG subscription. But I started a new one instead - 3 issues for £5 - and 20 packs of good quality seeds as an incentive (turned up yesterday - really good selection which I may donate half of). You set up a direct debit, but believe you can cancel if you find it's not for you.

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