The gardening year starts now – here are ten top machinery deals for the Easter weekend

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.
Now’s the time to get out into the garden, the first major holiday of the year. And after snow which crippled the country and left roads impassable and damaging winds which felled trees and caused chaos in the flower beds, we are celebrating the Easter period with ten unbeatable lawnmower deals. Don’t be in too … Continued

Now’s the time to get to work if you want good crops this year

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 an expression in the farming community ‘Well Sown is Well Grown.’ If seeds germinate and young plants thrive quickly in good soil and good conditions with just the right amount of moisture then you’re well on your way to having a good crop. And the preparation of the seedbed is one of the vital … Continued

Time to get out and start work in the garden – here are 10 great machines to get you going

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.
At last, a tiny bit of warmth and signs that Spring is on the horizon if not actually in the air. With the drenching that most gardens have recently endured, there are small signs that lawns are starting to grow and the first cut is only weeks away. Remember that you should only take the … Continued

Prepare the soil now and you’ll be top of the crops in the summer

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.
It’s time to get digging. Vegetable plots and allotments need the soil turning over to be ready for raking and seeding in a few weeks’ time, indeed you can sow some varieties of lettuce now, especially the delicious Little Gem which germinate readily at this time of the year. We’ve said in the past that … Continued

Baby, it’s cold outside, but here are ten great deals on garden equipment to warm you up

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.
Typical British weather. Just as we start to anticipate the start of warmer weather, vicious night frosts and snow showers arrive. But to celebrate the imminent arrival of better weather we have put together ten great deals on garden machinery. Some you probably need now some you’ll need in a few weeks’ time, but it … Continued

Time to prepare the vegetable garden – here are ten top tillers to save you from back pains

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.
January is the month of broken resolutions and the headaches which seem to cut in when credit card bills thud on to the mat. Many a dry January resolution has already been tested by the ‘just one glass in the evening won’t hurt’ phrase and resolves have been tested when approaching the bar and somehow … Continued

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