Although there was a small uplift in growing media sales volumes during half term week, overall growing activity, as measured by growing media sales, was down by 17% year-on-year for October at the lowest level since 2014.
That combined with a near 10% drop in plant sales volumes shows the importance of garden centres getting Christmas on sale during October to weatherproof the business.
Scotts Levington Essentials Top Soil, 35 litres was the highest climber, up 25 places to No 5.
Westland Jack's Magic All Purpose Compost, 60 litres increased sales by 32% to move up to No 3, indicating keener gardeners are the ones still active at the moment.
Bord na Mona Growise Multipurpose Compost, 20 litres, saw a 300% increase last week to re-enter at No 35.