Ten top tools to make autumn gardening easier

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Season of mists, maybe, but it is also the season of a huge amount of work in the garden. Lawns are lush, hedges still sprouting, leaves are a-tumbling and have I cut enough wood for winter? Better check. These warm September day are just right for getting out in the garden and getting things shipshape … Continued

Keep hedges looking their best through autumn with this great little trimmer

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Autumn is a time when hedges need a final trim to keep them neat for the autumn and winter. After the main trim on the year straggly growth often happens which makes them look untidy, but you don’t want the hassle of rooting around the shed for the big hedge cutter, fuelling it up and … Continued

It’s Deal Time – have a look at our great gardening bargains for September

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
There is a distinctly autumnal feel to the mornings with the grass soaked with dew and a slight nip in the air. And while the flowers are still blooming healthily and the lawn growing quite rapidly it feels as if autumn with its beautiful colours and falling leaves is only just round the corner. It … Continued

Ten top deals to welcome the Spring – it’s coming soon, we promise

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Spring is on the way, honestly. Walk round the garden and you can see bulbs pushing their heads through the soil. And have a look at the roses. Leaf buds are forming. And wrens and robins and blackbirds know, judging by their song. So to whet your appetite, here are ten early season gardening deals … Continued

Something Tasty In The Woodshed

So I wake up on Saturday morning, leap from my bed and get all worked up and raring to go, ready to wrap up, don scarf, hat, gloves and drag my precious Austrian Langlaufschuhe and poles out of the loft, all set to strap them on my feet and head bright eyed and sharp-witted into the … Continued

Keep the home fires burning. Log splitters and chain saws at special prices

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
As often happens in the early New Year the wind has started blowing from the north and east and temperatures have plummeted. This is the time of year when you are grateful for a wood-burning stove or fireplace, for there is nothing to beat a comfy armchair in front of a log fire while the … Continued

The Party’s Over, the Sale is Nearly Done. What Does 2017 have to Offer? Redback’s Quiet Power!

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Happy New Year! Yes I know it’s me again, but to be honest Holly only just crawled, blinking, out of the big candle-lit cave of jollity she has been living in for the past couple of weeks and it might take her a few days, now the pine needles have been vacuumed, the cards recycled and … Continued

Still time to bag a bargain in our end-of-year gardening sale – but hurry, must end Friday!

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
There’s still time, just, to take advantage of some very special prices in our end of year sale which ends on Friday. We’ve loads of gardening bargains listed on these pages, but to give you an idea of what’s on offer we’ve highlighted three great bargains below. But whatever your needs, keep an eye on … Continued

The Christmas gift which could revolutionise gardening

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Here’s a great gift anyone would appreciate – and it could open up a whole new world of easier gardening. Leaves are still a menace – there are loads left on the oak trees still to tumble – and the Redback E435C Cordless Leaf-Blower makes clearing them up a whole lot easier. To see just … Continued

Top quality chainsaws at very keen prices to deal with the fallen trees

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
The recent gales have sent many trees tumbling causing chaos on some roads and making gardens a mess. And if you need a decent chainsaw to clear away the debris, have a look at these three from Oleo-Mac. This is an Italian company well known throughout Europe for manufacturing top-quality garden machinery and their chainsaws … Continued