Ten top superstars to give you a garden others will envy

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 very welcome warming sun has certainly had an effect on lawns and flower beds with early Spring growth wakening the grass and flower borders. There are threats of colder weather blowing in but there are loads of jobs in the garden which will keep us warm. And to get you in the mood, here … Continued

Exclusive tiller to prepare the beds for seeds and vegetable planting

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.
If you have a garden of any size, Spring throws a load of jobs your way. We know the lawn will need a trim, roses may need a second prune, or even a first prune If you didn’t want to do the job in the autumn. Then there are flower beds which need a tidy … 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

February In The Garden – High Time To Get Ready For The Growing Season

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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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Come on people. Put down the book, switch off the TV,  take off the mermaid blanket you got for Christmas, slip out from under your duvet and don some wellies and warm clothes. It’s time to get out there for real. Yes, Winter is still hanging around like a love-sick autograph hunter at the stage … Continued

German tiller exclusive and at a great price – there’s £200 off

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.
Most of us made it through January without too much snow and ice although it was pretty cold. And now February is here the vegetable plots and allotments need attention – don’t forget that you can plant some varieties of lettuce this month. To make sure you are ahead of the game when the main … Continued

Time to get tilling: here are ten top machines to turn the soil

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.
With milder weather forecast for the next few weeks for most of us, as my mate Drew hinted at yesterday, now is an excellent time to turn over the soil on the vegetable gardens and allotments. Winter frosts, and there are sure to be a few of them before winter is out, can then do … Continued

Two great little tillers to work around the flower beds and shrubberies

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.
This is a miserable time of year when little seems to be happening in the garden. But a few hours spent on flower beds and the vegetable garden now will mean you’re ready for planting and sowing when Spring springs. Bulbs have started poking their green heads above the soil and though we can’t see … Continued

Gardening bargains in our not-to-be missed sale

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.
With fog, frost and even snow in places the weather doesn’t exactly encourage you to jump in the car and visit the sales. But if it’s a gardening bargain you’re after just log on to our sales page where there are 50 great deals on garden machinery from a humble mower or hedge trimmer to … Continued

Beat the crowds – ten top gifts to delight any gardener and delivered in time for Christmas

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 last minute rush to the shops will really kick in to gear this weekend. The roads will be packed with speeding drivers, there’ll be fisticuffs at the checkouts and wailing kids and drunks celebrating Christmas in the only way they know how. But it needn’t be like this if you’re looking for a worthwhile … Continued

Twas Three Weeks Before Christmas

Dick’s timely blog yesterday, discussing Christmas shopping, pointing out that we all want to get the right gift for our loved ones, telling us to get online, click away on our mice (mouses?), was a good wake up call for the three weeks before Christmas rush. He was, sensibly as ever, suggesting we take a … Continued