My Homebase Shopping List

Since we got given out allotment plot I’ve been trawling over the Homebase website to see what bits and pieces we might need. Homebase has been our second home since we moved into this house. It’s amazing as to how many little (and big) jobs you find need doing when you move into a new house. We’re lucky enough to have two Homebase stores near us, one is a little smaller and is closer to us, so is great when you need something really common. But if we need anything a bit more unusual then we drive slightly further over to the bigger store. I can quite happily wander round DIY stores for ages to see what there is, getting ideas for my next project…Chris on the other hand likes to be in and out, and also likes me to finish my current project before I start the next one! Boring!

So here is my wish list for our allotment:

Compost bin

A 220 litre compost bin – we’ve got a lot of clearing to do on the site, and I’d rather compost it than take it down to the tip…although I think there will be so much stuff we may end up having to take some bits to the tip anyway


A fork and spade – at one point we did have both, but I think when we moved from the house to the flat we gave them to either my parents or Chris’ mum and we never got round to retrieving them!

There are a number of different ‘weed extraction’ tools (sound, and look quite evil!), I think looking at the weeks on our plot we would probably need one,Β  but without looking into them in more detail, I wouldn’t know which would be best

Gardening Book

I saw that there is this book on the website too, which looks great and I’m hoping will be very helpful!

Pretty gloves

We’ve got a pair of gloves…somewhere, but they have been sat in a carrier bag for the last 2-3 years so I think they might be a bit grim. I would love to have a nice pretty pair…so Chris can’t steal mine when he can’t find his!

Kneeling Mat

A kneeling pad – I’m going to be spending a lot of time on my knees (no jokes!), and as I’ve got dodgy knees as it is, it’s probably best to have some sort of cushioning, and stop my trousers getting covered in mud.

Plant labels

With my memory I think some plant labels might be handy else I’ll forget what I’m growing and where!

Ground Cover

As we’re at such a crap time of year for planting lots of things we’ll be mainly spending time clearing the plot and keeping it weed free. Over the Winter this ground cover should be great in keeping the plot as clear as possible from those pesky weeds

Obviously we will need to buy seeds and bulbs etc. as well. Are there any other bits and pieces you think I should add to my shopping list? I can’t wait to get stuck in, and am hoping I’ll have got rid of this stonking cold I’ve got by the weekend so I can get shopping and digging!



  1. Lilinha Espindula

    October 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Great list of gardening essentials, I particularly like the funky blue gloves! πŸ™‚ x

  2. Jess Howliston

    October 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Great list! I would love to have an allotment! Our garden is tiny so we can just about manage a few plant pots lol! Maybe in the future when I dont have 2 little ones at my feet lol! xx

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