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in The potting shed
It may just be me, or i didn't notice last year but (not to sound like Asdas PR dept) but they have really ramped up on the gardening front. The store in St Austell has an outside cage that is full of spring flowers and shoots ready for summer flowering and they are reasonably priced.
They have also invested in garden decoration i.e. Decorative bark three 70L bags for £10.
Are superstores going to start to take over the local garden centres like they have with local convenience stores?
only time will tell.
Asda will take over our lives if there's profit in it... but yes I agree they do seem to be doing a lot more now and it's always on the cheap side, like everything else they do. But just to even things up, Morrison's are doing some good compost deals, well I think so, manageable 20 ltr bags of Ericaceous compost for £3 and 20 ltr Arthur Bowyer multi purpose also for £3, I think that compares favourably with garden centres.
Do Asda water thier plants? Most Supermarkets don't they just torture plants. The Compost prices seem dear Aldi do a multipurpose 40 litre for €1.49 in ireland typically 75 litre bags are about €8 a bag or around €6 on a multibag deal 56 litre are usually around €6 The Smaller bags cost more below that size due to VAT being added, larger bags are 0 rated.
Not saying supermarkets are not good on price for somethings but a good garden centre will have better quality plants and can be competitive and knowledgable.
I ordered a load of stuff with my online shopping. The only thing they had in stock were the big grow-bags. So no potato growing sacks, no tomato food and whatever the other thing was (I was so surprised at all of the stuff they had I went a bit bananas).
If I see something in a Morrison's garden centre (they have that much they have a temporary building, like a big lockable steel shed), I go to the other Morrison's across town, as the other Morrisons is much better at remembering to water their plants every day, so they are much more likely to survive. Have to bribe OH with a Morrison's breakfast though. So I suppose it's not that cheap, when I have to add in petrol & food!!!
You can tell St Austell Asdas' new cleaner is gardener because all the plants in the foyer are now watered, before they were just left till alost dead and then reduced to 10p with an oops sticker on them.
As a non-driver, I wish my local ADSA (just 5 min walk away) was doing the same as yours is, The Doctor! Mine just has just 3/4 of one side of an aisle with the usual boring gardening stuff (weed n feed etc.) I sometimes feel a little jealous when posters mention all of the bargain plants at Aldi and the like. It obviously very much depends on what each store manager feels like stocking. Still, I'm not often let down by mail order unlike some others here seem to have been, so it's a case of "swings and roundabouts" I suppose!
The bark is excellent, my Asda as them on offer three bags for £10.
I expected it to be half as decent than it actually is that area took a bag and a half to cover.
Aldi are doing quite a bit of organic stuff this year, chicken manure and compost at really good prices. Perhaps we shouldn't be seduced though unless we want the local garden centre to go the way of independent book shops and record shops (and butchers, bakers and candlestick makers). The supermarkets are very effective at doing the "top twenty" but haven't got the space, expertise or interest for the million and one other things we all need that don't yield much profit.
I know you are right, Tall Paul, yet I can't resist the lure of cheap garden stuff. GCs will have to rise to the challenge and do cheap ranges too, I suspect, rather as Sainsburys and Tesco have fought off the cheap supermarkets by having their own low-price ranges.
Yeah, I saw westland growbags for sale from westland for £9 online and the same size & same brand on asda's site for £2
It is really hard to run a garden centre and make a living. People have little interest except between the months of march and maybe september. Once you get to the end of june sales have peaked. Supermarkets have the advantage that they can buy in plants for a couple of weeks and knock them out. You can't do that for tree's and shrubs.
To be successful as an independant garden centre you have to be more than just a shop that sells plants. Especially when supermarkets are after taking away the bread and butter away from the gardencentres.
Near christmas for example the Poinsettia is a popular plant which used to help sustain gardencentres through the winter months. The supermarkets own that plant now they sell at or below the cost price for a gardencentre.
If you want to have an interesting and diverse garden then you need to support your local gardencentres or they won't be there when it comes to buying an interesting plant for your garden.
Keep a look out in Asda at the end of the seed growing season. I am using all the little pots and propagators I bought at that time last year and they were really cheap - 20 little pots in a plastic stand 50p. They also reduced the grow bags and compost.
Sounds like I will need to pop across the A30 to St Austell to have a gander - bearing in mind that as the weather is forecast as dire in Cornwall I wont be getting into the garden or up the lottie this weekend! Hope to sow some cerinthe, leeks and early lettuce seeds in modules and repot some geranium cuttings taken last year.