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Five £50 Homebase vouchers up for grabs in our Grand Draw

Homebase potting bench

Homebase potting bench

We’re delighted to have teamed up with Homebase to run this Grand Draw. The five lucky winners will each receive a £50 Homebase voucher. The vouchers can be used throughout the store. As you know, they have a huge range of other products too.

However frugal I try to be each year I always need to invest in supplies for the cottage and garden. Compost and seeds are an annual outlay along with tools to increase our ability to be more self sufficient.

Our nearest home and garden store is Homebase and I always enjoy pottering about in there and checking out what’s on offer.

This year they have introduced a new Grow Your Own range. This is largely aimed at people with small gardens. This is great as often friends complain to me that they don’t have enough space to grow fruit and veg. Homebase is also selling a range of seed collections for smaller gardens – who wants to buy enough seed for a five meter row if you only have a balcony?

There are grow houses, mini greenhouses, foldaway grow bags and a good range of products for the garden. I was really tempted by a super potting bench which I thought was great value for £29.99.

Homebase are also selling the new Jamie Oliver garden range. These seeds and plants are a bit more expensive than the Homebase range but include smaller packs of unusual old varieties of seed potatoes – which are fun if you’d like to grow a broader range of spuds. The Jamie Oliver range of seeds includes some tempting veg that are not widely available.

Homebase also sells a wide range of vegetable seedlings, herbs, fruit bushes and trees alongside their annuals and perennials.

The competition will run from today until midnight May 31st 2011. Only one entry per person please.

To enter this draw just leave a comment below or tweet this post. The winners will be selected at random by June 3rd 2011 using a bit of software cunningly devised by Danny. The winners will be emailed or by DM for twitter.

(Note: when you post a comment below you must supply your email address. It is not shared with Homebase or anybody else and we do not send newsletters or the like, so there is absolutely no risk of receiving spam)


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138 Comments

  1. lindaree

    A win would be great – just moved into an old house with a very neglected garden which I’m trying to tame. So far I’ve repaired the old greenhouse and started peas, beans, toms and leeks. Clearing the ground is hard work – the nettles are huge with big woody roots – oh joy!

  2. kayerunrig

    can i be classed as a lurking poster?…lol..i like the sound of that, might add it to my CV

  3. Ruta Masteika

    I was most interested to hear about the collections of seeds for the smaller garden as it was hard trying to work out which veg seeds to buy on a limited budget for a tiny veg plot. These seeds sound like the perfect solution and I’ll be off to Homebases asap.

  4. Andy Davies

    My what a lot of readers you have!

  5. Hi, Such a great ide, they will help out in my garden no end 🙂

  6. koshka

    How many lurkers will you attract by 31st? I am yet another one – been lurking for years – it’s amazing what a possibility of £50 can do. Thank you all soooooo much for all the interesting stuff and now I can join in – when I get the time. Here on beautiful Anglesey there is always so much to do but fell in love with your blog as we used to be just down the road in Thaxted.

  7. hannah

    Another lurker posting for the first time here. £50 is such a great prize – it’d certainly cover the cost of replacing the veggie plants my chickens have eaten this year and the materials to build a proper fence to keep them behind!

  8. Sophie

    I am currently clearing my garden of bindweed, quite a task, but it means I cannnot plant anything till next year… i have joined a small, local gardening club and the Homebase would be very welcome in getting me started. I love your blog – have been reading for a couple of years now and love hearing your stories of self-sufficiency. Very inspiring.

  9. Hi, love reading your blog. I could certainly use the vouchers for my own garden, especially my ever-expanding veg patch 🙂

  10. Andrea

    I love your website, I am always looking for inpiration no matter what it is: something for dinner, what seeds to plant and which garden books to avoid you always have great advice and comments, and £50 is always useful should I win!

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