Organic gardening can be a satisfying hobby, but it can also be expensive especially for beginners. There are tons of gardening equipment and tools that you need to buy to start, not to mention all the seeds, seedlings, fencing, and other supplementary items that you need. The list can go on and on and can get really overwhelming to any newbie.
Aside from making the right choices in the items that you purchase, it is equally important to know where to buy your gardening implements to get the best deals on anything.
As any frugal buyer will tell you, the first of the long list of the many ways you can make sure that you are buying the best deals is to compare prices from different sources. When you know what to buy, the next thing you have to do is to know where to buy.
And we have listed all your options on where to buy tools and seeds:
- Your local gardening supply shoppe. Most shoppes carry the seeds and seedlings that are in season. Subscribe to their catalogue to get information on which plants are sold during what season and to snag some pretty end-of-season price discounts.
- Online gardening supply stores. They are the best choice for gardeners who do not want to spend time or money driving up to their local stores. Online suppliers are also some of the best places to get imported crops and limited tools. Get a subscription of their newsletter to get some nice price discounts, coupons, and the latest on their seasonal catalogues.
- Many online retailers skip the complexities of running their own dot-com store and turn instead to retailing websites like Amazon. The best part about shopping on marketplaces like Amazon is being able to compare prices from different retailers in a single view. Like other online suppliers, some hard to find items are easier to find on Amazon.
- Craigslist is one of the best places to look for second-hand gardening supplies. With Craigslist, you can easily find people in your immediate area who are selling their stuff. Some of the best purchases on Craigslist include unconventional ‘items’ like compost and second-hand machinery/equipment. The only downside to buying from this platform is that posts are not monitored so there can be tons of bogus or creepy ads in there. You may also find low quality used items from Craigslist so it is important to know how to check the items you purchase. Practice safety guidelines when buying off of Craigslist.
- Thrift stores. Thrift stores and yard sales are not only great for finding knick-knacks for the house. They are also a treasure trove for gardeners. Posts, handheld tools, and other planting supplies can be found in thrift stores for a fraction of a cost of items sold at garden supply stores and hardwares. The selections may possibly be limited but the prices are guaranteed affordable.
Where do you usually shop for your gardening needs?