The great thing about gardening is that anyone can get into it. You don’t need a lot of space and you certainly don’t need to spend a lot of money, here at Wilko we have everything you need to create a blooming marvellous outdoor space without breaking the bank.

Equipment

Having the right tools for the job will make gardening a breeze, saving you both money and time in the long run. We have a fantastic range of tools and equipment to suit everyone. Our Functional collection is great value and high quality. We believe in making things to last at Wilko and whether you are at the beginning of your gardening journey or an established green fingered friend, the Functional collection  has quality spades, digging forks and pruners from as little as £5.

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Grow from Seed

Watching the whole plant cycle from the tiniest seed to the most beautiful flourishing plant is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. We have a fantastic range of seeds including flowers, fruits and vegetables, you are bound to find everything you need ( and more) in our massive collection.

Simple steps to successfully grow from seed:

  • Use a good compost. We have a great variety of composts from peat free composts, loam based ( John Innes no 1) and coir based composts or to really save the pennies you could make your own, find out how later in this post.

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  • Containers Plastic trays and pots are the cheapest and easiest solution to keep your seeds clean and disease free. We also stock handy biodegradable  pots which can be planted straight into the ground and are excellent for avoiding root disturbance .

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  • The right temperature 15-20 degrees is the ideal temperature to sow your seeds at. Sunny windowsills are ideal.
  • Covering and propagating small fine seeds don’t need much covering, just a scattering on top. Bigger seeds usually need twice the depth. Always keep the soil most but never water logged. After sowing, cover to keep moisture and heat in. Propagators are great value and reusable.
  • Sorting the survivors  After a couple of weeks when your seeds have started to grow (yay) it is time to discard the week seedlings and pot the strongest survivors into individual pots for later planting.
  • Rotate If you are growing on a windowsill make sure that you rotate the tray so that they grow evenly.
  • The great outdoors If grown indoors under heat, it is essential to get seeds used to outdoor conditions.

Make Your own Compost

Produce rich, nutritious compost from recycling your kitchen and garden waste. You will need a compost bin, how about the stylish wooden 252L composter available at Wilko.com, it costs just £30 and has a 15year guarantee. Make sure that it is positioned in a sunny/ semi shaded position directly onto soil or turf and away from water courses. A variety of produce can be composted including grass cuttings, raw vegetable feelings, tea bags and leaves, animal manure from cows and horses, poulty manure and bedding, cardboard, shredded waste paper, hedge clippings, old bedding plants, saw dust, wood shavings, fallen leaves and crushed egg shells. We have a fantastically useful compost maker kit, specially formulated to help speed up the composting process. Remember to never compost meat, fish, cooked food, coal ash, cat litter, dog faeces or disposable nappies.

When the ingredients in your container have turned into a dark brown, earthy smelling material the composting process is complete. It is then time to leave it for a month or two before being used.

Composting check list:

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  • Compost bin
  • Gardening fork
  • Wilko compost maker kit
  • Small compost tin with carry handle is the perfect way to get into composting, it has a handy lid and carry handle to make the job even easier!

Cheap and Easy Pest Control

  •  Herbs are natural pest deterrents, so if you start a simple herb garden, you’ve already got a built-in money saver.
  • Make your own pest control spray by mixing hot, soapy water with chopped up hot pepper and garlic.
  • Keep some bowls of water in the garden to attract insect-eating birds and frogs;
  • plant pollen and nectar plants such as nasturtium or alyssum to attract good bugs (they eat the bad bugs)
  • Plant vegetables in spots where they get the correct amount of light, spacing, and moisture (so they’ll be healthy enough to resist pests).

Reuse, reuse, reuse.

Blooming great value gardening is all about replenishing resources, rather than consuming them, whenever possible whether it be by making your own compost pile or giving other household items a new lease of life in the garden, you’ll probably find stuff that you can use in your garden almost everywhere you look: An old bucket or children’s paddling pool can make a great container. Serving spoons, forks, and other tableware that you no longer use could make excellent tools and containers.

We would love to hear from you

Let us know how you get on in your garden or share your hints and tips with us @LoveWilko or on our Facebook page.

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