9 Costco Buys You Need to Grab for Spring Planting, Starting at $10

published Apr 28, 2023
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Redmond, WA, USA - May 16, 2021; Entrance to Costco Wholesale store before opening hours with no people in Redmond Washington State
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You already know Costco is a great source for everything from home improvement products to organizing essentials year-round, but some of its best offers come seasonally. Right now, that means springtime buys — outdoor furniture and decor, yes, but also tons of gardening gear and other plant goodies that arrive just in time for spring planting projects.

Here, find some of the best gardening picks I spotted at my local Costco. As always when it comes to Costco, offerings will vary by location — but keep an eye out at yours for these buys (and let us know in the comments if you have any products at your own Costco to shout out).

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Leather Work Gloves

These Hydrahyde leather work gloves are available in both men’s and women’s models, which means you’re likely to find a fit no matter your hand size. While the women’s come two for $19.99 (half the price you’ll find them on Amazon, where you can get a single pair for about the same cost), the men’s model comes in a 3-pack for $29.99. One drawback: At my Costco, despite plenty of digging, I was never able to find any women’s sizes other than small. The men’s, however, were offered in both medium and large. Size availability will likely vary by location.

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Earthworm Castings

​​Indoor and outdoor plants love compost, but making your own can require more space than you might have room for. Instead, pick up a 10-pound bag of earthworm castings — yes, earthworm poop — for just $10.99 ($18.89 if you buy online) and spread it among your plant babies to give their soil a nutrient-rich boost.

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Lightweight Concrete Planter

Sleek concrete planters are on-trend this year (just peep the options from Rejuvenation and CB2), and this one from Costco is ultra lightweight — meaning that even when it’s full of soil, you can actually move it to where you want it to be. The price is right, too, at $56.99 for this 21-inch-high planter.

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Perennial Bulbs

My Costco had upwards of 15 different varieties of zone-appropriate perennials available as bulbs for $13.99 per pack. Here, those included leafy hostas, showy peonies, and boldly colored daylilies. Depending on where you’re located, you’ll likely find different offerings at yours.

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Live Plants

Along with those bulbs, my Costco also has bare-root roses for just $15.99 a pop. Because they don’t come in a pot with soil, these might look tricky, but they’re actually pretty beginner-friendly plant projects. Here’s what you need to know about planting bare-root roses. 

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The Self-Watering Planter

This is the planter the internet’s going wild for, and for good reason: It’s stylish, practical for small outdoor spaces, movable, and makes for easier, more hands-off gardening of both flowers and veggies. You can pick it up for $139.99 in-store. If you’d rather have it delivered, you can buy it online for $179.99.

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Raised Garden Bed

If you have a little yard space for a veggie garden, this in-ground planter two-pack is a great pick. Built-in dividers help you organize your plants for efficient harvests, and unlike wood, the vinyl will resist rot. Two 4-foot-square planters cost just $99.99.

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Rolling Planter Base

Whether indoors or outdoors, propping your large plants on wheels will help you easily relocate them — for cleaning or watering, or just to get more (or less) sunlight. This two-pack of metal rolling planter bases ($46.99 for the pair) will fit planters up to 12 inches in diameter.

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Garden Tools

These garden tools — from one of the most recognizable scissor brands in the game, Fiskars — are designed to cut bigger branches with less effort. The larger loppers can cut branches up to 1 1/4-inch in diameter; the smaller shears are better suited to snipping flowers and small branches. Online the set costs $32.99, but in store you can get them for a steal at just $16.99.