Build your own window sill herb garden and you’ll always have fresh ingredients—for a fraction of the cost of buying them.
I’ve nailed down the best deals and hacks for growing a bountiful harvest on a budget. So get planting with these easy tips. , ,
Sage Advice: You don’t need much space, just a sheltered sunny spot – indoors or out. Choose three or four varieties that are versatile and common recipe components. This way you reduce the need to buy packs from the supermarket, usually around £1 a pop.
X-seedingly Tasty: Look for packets of seeds, such as basil, parsley and mint, under £1 SimpleSeed.co.uk, Wilco sells a grow-your-own kit for £1 which contains seeds and pots for growing basil, chives and parsley.
If you don’t fancy your chances of growing from seed, Asda sells a range of live herbs from 65p without pots.
Cow Manure: Compost helps plants grow from seed and improves soil quality. Buy Pete-Free to Help the Planet. Wilco’s Multi-Purpose Compost is £3.50 for 25 litres.
Or you can make your own using everyday household waste, such as grass cuttings, coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable peels. The Royal Horticultural Society has an online guide.
Boost Your Enthusiasm: You can start your seedlings in washed old yogurt pots or other tubs destined for the recycling pile.
When the plants start to take off, the £1.50 herb garden at poundshop.com has a wooden crate the perfect size for settling on windowsills.
Flying Tiger also has a great selection of stylish utensils, including metal holders for £1. Buy one for each herb and put them in a tray – B&Q sells a rectangular terracotta saucer for £2.67. Or search your home for containers you can reuse. Just make sure there are drainage holes on the bottom.
- All prices on the page are correct at the time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.
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Carry this jungle-print tote over your shoulder for a quick shot of bliss. It’s half price on Accessorize, down from £15 on £7.50.
Indulge your skin with this PS Hydrating Rosehip Sheet Face Mask, 80p from Primark.
Prepare to eat fish and chip with the new Harry Ramsden’s Meal Deals from Iceland.
The Salt and Vinegar Jumbo Cod Two-Pack is £5 and the Maris Piper Chip Shop chips are £2 for 1kg – but get both for £5 when purchased together until July 5.
Graham & Greene has the perfect pitcher of lemonade with this fun jug for £17.95. Or bag it from Flying Tiger for £5.
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Aldi chooses six fruits or vegetables every two weeks at low prices, making it easy to feed the family healthily.
Nature’s Pick Cherry is currently priced at 79p for 200g, down from the normal cost of £1.59.
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