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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. mandi

    Welcome back fiona! Been checking in and worried you’d been a victim of alien abduction!
    I have the bench pictured above but have to confess it came via Littlewoods and was paid for with my commission and was 49.99 ( catalogues are always more expensive aren’t they) but its been painted with a lovely bluebell colour wood preserve and is great.
    BTW I had a sly giggle at the comment of Danny’s super picking software as I pictured him sitting at his desk shaking an old bean can with screwed up bits of paper with all our names on inside LOL
    Might well check out the Jamie seeds online now as love watching him in his garden cookery programme on TV.( 6 wks and counting until Fen life)

  2. Danny doing random. Who’d have thought!

  3. I too never miss a post on this blog, it is endlessly inspiring and I have learnt so much. Thank you (particularly for the raspberry vodka receipe!)

  4. Entirely unrelated to the content of your posting, but have you seen cooking.stackexchange.com yet? It’s a Q&A site for cookery – given how many recipes you post, it might be somewhere that’s of interest to you! =)

  5. Well this would be very useful for baby proofing the garden!

  6. Danny

    Probably our best ever value for money purchase came from Homebase. It must be almost 10 years ago now. We absolutely adore our swing seat. The construction was top quality and it is showing no signs of rust even though it has been sitting in the garden unprotected all year round since we bought it.
    Yesterday I noticed some of the foam stuffing is leaking from the bottom of two of the cushions. We think the mice made their home in them last winter. Fiona will patch them with some spare fabric and I expect the contraption will last at least another 10 years.
    (BTW I am ineligible for the grand draw – just wanted to add my £0.02 worth 🙂 )

  7. elrohana

    Homebase is just close enough to me to be useful without me actually living in it – my nice new lawnmower came from there last year, as did some of the seeds I have sown this year. Lovely idea to have a draw, thanks guys.

  8. Alison

    £50 of vouchers would be very useful when we move to our new house (soon, I hope). Going from zero acres to 1.7 acres is going to be an expensive job!

  9. Long time listener, first time caller and all that 🙂

    Just moved to a house with a very overgrown garden so our local Homebase (Sevenoaks) has become a second home.

  10. Stacey

    £50 of vouchers would come in very handy for supplies for my allotment. The only problem would be deciding what new varieties to try or what hardware/tools to get.
    Thanks for the competition and good luck to everyone.

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