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Green-fingered shoppers race to Sainsbury’s to nab buys scanning for a PENNY that’ll transform your garden come spring

SHOPPERS are racing to Sainsbury’s after hearing there’s loads of garden bargains scanning for just a penny.

Plants and bulbs are usually pricey, but one savvy woman took to Facebook to reveal she’d snapped up a mega haul for literal pence.

Gardeners are racing to nab these bulb packs for just a penny
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The deals are only available in Sainsbury’s, so you’d better be fast if you want one[/caption]

Christina posted in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group on Facebook, writing: “Sainsbury’s all down to 1p!”

She also shared a picture of her buys.

The snap showed two packs of £10 bulbs – one vegetable and one pink and purple – as well as a pack of 30 Peacock Orchid bulbs, 30 pots and patio bulbs, pack of hanging basket bulbs and five mixed Lupins.

Some of the bulbs were originally in a two for £5 or two for £10 deal, while the Lupins were meant to be £4.50 on their own.

But everything in Christina’s picture sold for just 1p each – meaning her haul cost her just 9p in total.

People were quick to comment on the post, with many of them tagging friends to alert them of the deal.

“Well done Sainsbury’s,” one wrote.

“Much better to reduce than land fill – B&Q need to take note!!”

“Oh my gosh!” another added.

“We should of checked the bulbs!” a third commented to their pal.


“Still annoyed the staff took them all!”

“That’s so annoying we should have checked!” their friend replied.

“Immediately thought of you,” someone else commented.

Christina’s garden is sure to look blooming beautiful come spring, as late summer is the perfect time to plant many of the bulbs.

And while she seems to be a seasoned gardener, there are some tips and tricks to try if you’re a new one.

July gardening jobs

The Sun’s Gardening Editor Veronica Lorraine, has shared the tasks you need to tackle this July in your garden.

1. Prune Wisteria

You should only prune back Wisteria twice a year – and July – or mid summer – is one of those times.  After flowering cut back long side shoots to around seven buds.five or six leaves. 

2. Pinch out tomatoes

Your tomatoes should be really picking up – so pinch out all the side shoots without flowers – and remove all the leaves that are shading the tomatoes – this will give them maximum light and energy. 

3. Keep weeding

Hand weeding and hoeing the surface of the soil will keep your weeds under check. 

4. Feed Dahlias

To keep Dahlias flowering until Autumn, you must keep feeding them weekly with a liquid fertliser high in potassium – which encourages blooms. 

5. Keep deadheading plants

Keep up with deadheading your bedding plants and perennials – so they keep coming back for the season. With roses make sure you’re deadheading back to a set of five leaves, giving you the best chance of them flowering again. 

6. Check on your pond

If you’re lucky enough to have a pond – make sure it’s clear of algae, which can really bloom when the sun beats down. 

7. Feed your lawn

Whether that’s with a liquid feed or granules. If you’ve chosen granules try to get them down before the rain comes, so they soak into the soil. 

8. Tend to strawberry plants

Cut the leaves off strawberry plants after you’ve picked them – leaving the crown untouched – which should help with next years fruit. 

9. Sow extra seeds

July weather is a great time to sow seeds as the warm soil and sunshine is great for germination. Try carrots, winter broccoli and other brassicas.

10. Move young plants into soil

Get any young plants you’ve got left in the greenhouse – like courgettes – into the soil. 

Firstly, “place the bulbs in the holes/trench, making sure the growing point is pointing upwards”, the pros at Jackson’s Nurseries said.

“Do not push bulbs down hard as this may damage them.”

If you’re not sure where the growing tip is – on some varieties it’s harder to spot – then plant them on their side.

This will “ensure the shoot heads for the surface, no matter what end it is”.

Once the bulbs are in, “simply cover with soil carefully and firm down gently once backfilling is complete”.

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