Prairie-garden-Summer

Spring Cleaning Your Garden

After a week’s holiday I strutted around the garden on Sunday like a horticultural Victor Meldrew. Having said that, the cries of “I don’t BELIEEEEVE IT!” were generally ones of happiness rather than exasperation and despair. Pots of crocus (the sublime ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’) that I thought had come up blind were flowering at full throttle, showing their deep gold and bronze faces to the spring sunshine. Broad beans on the …Read More

shear garden tools

What tools to buy – Part 4

Hand or Weed Fork: This is a small fork with a short plastic, or wooden handle, useful for intricate work among closely planted subjects.
Shears: Most gardeners will require a pair of shears for trimming long grass and clipping soft growths on hedges and certain shrubs. Shears look like large, strong scissors and although one-handed models are available, generally they are designed to be held, one handle (usually made of beechwood but …Read More

Garden Rake

What tools to buy – Part 3

What tools to buy continued…
Rake:  A garden rake is a very necessary piece of equipment. It consists of short metal teeth, usually 11 or 12, projecting from a metal cross-piece and socket, into which is fitted an ash, hardwood or aluminium shaft. In some the teeth are an integral part of the crosspiece (‘tanged and ferruled’), in some they project through it like nails (these are known as ‘bolstered’ teeth …Read More