Ten brilliant bargains in our Black Friday 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.
The British seem to have taken to Black Friday with great enthusiasm and it’s hardly surprising when you see some of the bargains on offer. Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, the day is a holiday in some states and the term originated as it was impossible to get around easily due … Continued

Mitox has the answer when it comes to clearing away fallen leaves

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.
Swirling winds are sending the leaves tumbling and they need to be cleared away regularly. For if left on paths and drives they can become matted down with tramping feet and car tyres and will become slippery and dangerous. And if left on borders and vegetable plots they will stop essential moisture penetrating the soil. … Continued

Battery-powered leaf blowers which give blasts of air equivalent to petrol machines

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 parts of the country have their first frosts of the year recently which sent the leaves tumbling faster than ever and they are starting to be a menace on paths and patios. So here are three really powerful cordless leaf blowers to make clearing them away easier. And before you tip them on to … Continued

Heavy-duty machines to clear thick falls of leaves

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 the first frosts giving the early morning a distinctly nippy feel the autumn fall is starting in earnest. Recent rains have led to matted leaves on paths becoming a slippery menace and lawns they are preventing light and moisture getting through so that the green grass is developing a yellowish hue visible when  they … Continued

Smashing Pumpkins at the Quiz Of The Week and a Big Slip for Shouty Mal

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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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If you read these blogs regularly (both of you) and have the standard quotient of wits about you (which you undoubtedly have) you may just have picked up that I am partial to the odd beer. This means that my local hostelries are positively queueing up to throw cheer and bonhomie at me, particularly at … 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

Great garden machinery bargains in our special autumn deals

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 are some great autumn garden machinery bargain available at the moment and here are three tools which will prove invaluable as the leaves tumble and the grass continues to grow rapidly. First is the Mitox 260BX Handheld Petrol Blow-Vac, light efficient and just the job for keeping your garden leaf free. For as machine … Continued

Wide sweepers to collect leaves from large lawns and long drives

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 latest storm has sent the leaves swirling, and a beautiful sight they make, a russet brown cloud blowing through the autumn sky. Problem is, they eventually land and need clearing up and can be dangerous and slippery if they become matted on paths and drives. The Agri-Fab Smart-Sweep 44″ Towed Lawn & Leaf Sweeper can … Continued

Powerful little leaf blowers to cope with the autumn debris

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 one piece of kit a gardener needs at this time of year is a good machine for clearing leaves, as this job needs to be done regularly. Don’t be tempted to leave it until the trees are bare, as the grass will discolour and moisture will not get through to the plants’ roots. Here … Continued

Leaf clearance needn’t be a problem, here are ten top machines to do the job

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 fall has started and leaves need to be regularly cleared otherwise they will stop light and moisture getting to the lawn and inhibit autumn growth Besides, nothing spoils the look of a house as much as leaves on the drive and flower beds. But don’t throw them all on the compost heap, pack … Continued