This sale went on for 11 days, however they purchased a lot of mulch which was on sale at 5 bags for $10, that sale was only 4 days long - at $2/bag, with a retail of roughly $3.59 a bag, this was a great bargain.
I went back about three times because I didn't know how much I needed and they had extended the sale due to the large amount of stock. What's even better is one of the salesclerks told me that they had a few torn bags on the side for half-price, so for a dollar I got a few more bags.
Home Depot also had plant starters for the same special of 5/$10 - at $2 each for plants that are usually about $3.69, another great deal as I had a late start on my seedlings so I needed plants to put in my community garden plots.
Items in the Dollar Store can change so if you see it there, buy it that day. I purchased six 3-gallon plastic buckets to make my version of a self-watering planter. It worked pretty well so I went back to purchase more and they were all gone! I hope they bring it back again. They also sell 8 lb bags of potting mix, not organic but the mix was better than top soil and although the bags are small, it's cheaper than buying a non-organic bag of potting mix for $8/$9 although the mixture might be better and higher fertilizer content. Anyway, back to the things I bought at the Dollar Store this trip are in the picture: tomato spike fertilizer, 3-pack of plastic planter pans - I use them to place pots in not to catch water, but to fill with water and water the plant from the bottom up! Lastly I purchased oil pans in the auto section, when I saw them I thought it would work great as a larger water catcher for potted plants. right now I'm using them on my Costco tomatoes I write about below.
Aldi's. They will bring in special items that are seasonal and this past week I couldn't pass up under $4 weed barrier, landscape fabric. I didn't need any right at this moment but for that price and length it couldn't be beat.
They also had organic garden soil, or potting mix. It was about $5 for 1 cubic foot. Not only was it less expensive than Hm Depot but it was easier to carry. I mixed one bag with half of a five gallon bucket of free compost from the local landfill to re-pot some starter plants that I also got at Home Depot.
The next great deal and I'm hoping they will catch were berries. They were selling for a little over $5 a plant. I purchased three Giant Blueberries, aka Sharpblue which are supposed to be good for this area. I won't be able to see how they grow and bear fruit for another couple of years since they are pretty small and from what I've read you should have at least three plants and different varieties but costs are prohibitive right now so I bought 3 of the blueberries and 2 black berries. All were planted in my community garden for the space. I noticed another gardener put up a bird net barrier as the birds were eating his fruit that took a year to bear flowers/fruit. I hope they survive the heat this summer and I mulched the ground with hay and removed the flowers per some videos I watched so the plant would put it's growing energy into the plant and not trying to bear fruit.