Monday, 28 August 2017

Seeds, Seeds and Then Some More Seeds


The ladies who lunch at Wyevale struck gold again last week, well this year I think I would call it bronze!  The sale is nowhere near as good this year as it was last, remember the 30p fireguards I managed to get, the net wigwams for my cabbages at 70% off their true cost ... well there's none of that this year, and the crafty folk there have even packed away most of the seeds instead of just putting them all in the '50p a pack' sale as they used to do.

Now the ex-retail manager in me says at last they are learning stock management and buying only what sells at full price instead of stuff they have to give away.  But the bargain hunter in me says boohoo and stamps her feet and slams out in a huff.

I did have a good look through the seeds that were there though and managed to spend £7 on seeds that I needed, Little Gem lettuce, Dwarf Beans, Cauliflower, Carrots and Spring Onions .... I can never have enough Spring Onions :-)

The other things were Rosemary, I have never grown it from seed before and was interested to try ... and well for 50p it's worth a go isn't it.

The Chives and Basil caught my eye because the seeds are impregnated onto little mats and you just pop them onto the top of a plant pot full of compost, water it well and you should have a well filled pot of Chives.  I was intrigued by this so I got a pack of Basil too.  There are five mats in each pack and they normally retail at £2.99 which I wouldn't pay, but for 50p I thought it would be a simple and quick way of growing pots of herbs to sell on at the farm gate and at next years car boot sales.  So five packs with five mats in each should give me 25 pots of herbs, that I will probably sell at £1 each.  Not a bad return £25 for an outlay of just £2.50.

I don't normally buy 'seed tapes' either as they are an expensive way to purchase seeds, but I thought the carrot tapes at just 50p would be good. My downfall with carrots is always planting them far too close together and then forgetting to thin them.

So at 50p a packet my 14 packs came to just £7, when I got home I couldn't resist adding up the full retail value of my little haul and I was pleasantly surprised to find it came to £36.27.  So only a small sale splurge this year but I think a worthwhile one.  Maybe I'll upgrade my medal from bronze to silver.

And talking of seeds .....


... do you remember THIS post?

I bought this magazine from Tesco ....


... it came with £24 worth of free seeds and a Dvd.


And the chance to buy three more issues of the magazine for £5 with even more free seeds.

Did you think I could resist this?
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Nope .... you know me so well   :-)

The seeds arrived on Saturday along with the details of my 'new' subscription. now I just have to remember to cancel the subscription before they take out the £20 for the next six months in three months time.  These seeds had a total retail value of £39.94 ... of course I just had to add it up to see!!

Now you understand the title of this post  :-)

Sue xx


5 comments:

  1. I think it is called something like 'good husbandry'

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  2. That is a good stock of seeds. I have never tried those little seed mats. I shall be interested to see how you get on with them.

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  3. Can't you cancel your direct debit now rather than having to wait till nearer the renewal date?
    You've paid for the three copies you'll receive.
    Sue

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  4. I've never had any luck with those seed mats, nothing germinates so I've given up with them now. Great haul of seeds though, such a bargain, even on top of the bargain that seeds are to start with!

    www.lifeatemsplace.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I love a good sale like this! You did very well, when all is figured out.

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