Ten top present ideas to delight any gardener this festive season

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.
Right, clear your throat and sing up. ‘Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, I’m going down the pub and that’s enough of that’. Ten days to go, and if that phrase doesn’t concentrate your mind to find a perfect present then little will. So here are five great present ideas for the gardener … Continued

Twelve great gifts from £15 to £200 to delight any gardener

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 annual quest for a welcome present gets harder each year, unless you’re buying for children when all they seem to want is the latest gadgetry or toys. But for those not quite so young who have had their fill of Christmas jumpers, finding something worthwhile and useful gets harder every year. So we have … Continued

Italian chainsaws, top quality, exclusive and at great 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.
Many will have lit the woodburner or fire for the first time recently as winds from the north and east have left the evenings distinctly chilly. If you have old logs that have been hanging around at the back of the garden now’s a good time to saw them up for firewood. And this is … Continued

Ten top tools to make the autumn chores 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.
Rain and chilly in the north, bright and sunny in the south, but no matter where you are the leaves are tumbling. And, north or south, this is a good time of year for tree-felling while there is little sap in the wood and flower beds can be repaired in time for next spring. The … Continued

Ten top machines to keep the garden shipshape after the storms

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 gales and storms have made their impact on the garden and there’s more to come according to the all-seeing weather men and women. So here are ten top pieces of kit to keep your lawns and borders looking good. We’ve selected leaf blowers, chainsaws, a scarifier and a lawn tractor which will earn their … Continued

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