Recently I got involved with gardening. Preior to that, all I use to do was mow the lawn when it overgrew. However, nowadays, I enjoy making my garden looking beautiful and like to share my success with others.
There are many places where you can buy cheap garden items. For example, I managed to buy some very good tulip bulbs and other flowers at my local pound shop ( pound shops are becoming a bit of a Phenomenon over here in the UK).
Also for good gardening equipment offers, check out Ebay. Soome friends of mine werea bit sceptical, but if you buy from someone with a good rating, you should not really have anything to worry about, but please do make sure you are aware of exactly what you are trying to buy. Incendently, I bought a lawn mower of Ebay and am very happy with my purchase.
Garden centres do tend to offer bargains but I find local fares, charity sales etc offer really good value in this area.
Remember, the good thing about gardening is, once you have planted blubs, purchased a mower, a garden rake etc, you do not tend to need to do so for a very long time. Flowers will blosson year in, year out, and depending on the type you buy, can stay in blosson for many months.
Took up gardening recently and am very happy I did so!