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Posted: 25/02/2015 at 16:54

Hello all

Yesterday went to an open garden NGS near Winchester lots of nice crocus out, hellebores aconites, snowdrops and lots more,  they were selling plants so got a nice lot for the garden nice to look around gardens,  they had some really pretty chickens    

Garden News seeds

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 16:07

This is the reply I got

Thank you for your email.

The situation you raise with our free seeds is not one that I’m particularly happy about either. We don’t want any of our readers to be disappointed, so would much prefer it if every single reader received exactly the same free gifts. However I’m afraid the strategy is a commercial decision that is all to do with our listings in supermarkets. Like many other products, the bulk of our sales come from supermarkets these days, as opposed to independent newsagents in the past, and being ‘delisted’ from a supermarket’s shelves would soon lead to our demise. In order to help keep Garden News in each supermarket’s range they demand ‘exclusive’ promotions and that’s why on some weeks, supermarket issues carry extra seeds.

As I said, it’s not ideal and certainly not our choice, so I can quite understand why you feel short-changed, although that said, subscribers on our ‘£1 an issue’ deal do get the benefit of a subscription that is very nearly half price compared to buying it in the shops.

Thank you for getting in touch and please accept my apologies for your disappointment. We do appreciate all feedback, good and bad, and will continue raising concerns about the free seeds with our publishers, as I already do.

 Kind regards,


This is another reply from my reply 


We do agree, and I have sent on your email to our marketing team as an example of the feedback we get about supermarkets getting more seeds! It really is pressure from the supermarkets, who want us to provide something ‘exclusive’ to win their shelf space in stores. Otherwise, they will give it to a competing gardening magazine, so we have keep up unfortunately!


It’s definitely something we’re looking into for this year though, and hopefully we can work something out.


Garden News seeds

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 18:19

Perki  - what a cheek again lets all email and complain, I will be  

email :

I have gone for the offer from Sarah Raven on page 14 with the sunflower seeds


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:26

Lesley I bring bags of compost in and sow seeds inside when early in the year

I have just ordered sunflower collection from Sarah raven for just p+p of 2.50 from offer in Garden news mag and got free sunflower seeds this week with mag too

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:45

Victoria you have done brilliant is it just you? did you keep any of the pallet fence or planters?  can't remember if I asked you where are you

Ginagibbs nice to get a freebie

Stagbeetle did you get good info on what grows well from the lady?

Garden News seeds

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:06

Oneofseven I will have to look out for those seeds sound interesting will look out for the at W... GC

NGCARDS good to get nice seed compost, I have not sown the Aquilegia just yet - let us know when they germinate and any pictures

Think in a week or two I will need to put the plastic gh 5 tier up so I can sow more seeds they will get nice lot of light then

You think the subscribers should get the best deal 

I got my GN mag today sunflowers great seeds lets see if I can grow a tall one try and win - I will wait till half way though March to start sowing them I think


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 12:52

Hello all

Left shoulder still really sore so not up to much,  most of all the 20 cells of broad beans are up and going to go into the cold frame, my celery seeds have germinated

I been getting notifications today amazing not had them for a year so good to get them back

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 12:42

Question is dwarf sweet peas the same as hanging basket sweet peas?  so I can use them in a basket


Garden News seeds

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 11:00

Oneofseven not seen pelleted seeds was that the free lobelia seeds from last year?  not opened them, or any of the ones from GN for 2014 I had too many other seeds to sow but will try some this year  

Perki goodie that your Aquilegia seeds germinated   

One of my new little seedling of the delphinium has come up and got 3 leaves not 2 gained one

Realised bed surprise!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:46

Tootles have you got OH to build you any more?  have you added any compost to your raised bed

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