Ten top devices to get your garden ready for Spring, it’s closer than you think

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 bitter weather over the last two weeks of so seems to be on the wane and in five or six weeks’ time we’ll be out in the garden again wondering about the first cut of the lawn and sewing the first salad crops. In fact early February is a good time to sew the … Continued

We are having a clear-out so it’s time to bag a bargain

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.
Frost on the ground, chill winds nipping the nether regions and paths slippery with ice. The British winter has hit hard after the amazingly mild New Year period when many of us were cutting the lawn. Well you can’t do that now but what you can do is have a look at our Clearance Zone … Continued

Logs splitters to save injuring you back while wielding the axe

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.
Winter’s started to get her claws into us now sending many of you scurrying to the wood store. A hearty open fire on frosty evenings, thick stew and a bottle of rich red wine and the bitter weather is quickly forgotten. But when you visit the wood shed, possibly for the first time this winter, … Continued

Need a new chainsaw? Here is our choice of ten top machines to consider

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 the time of year to trim overhanging branches and cut down trees and it goes without saying that a good chainsaw is vital. Yes, you can use a bow saw for the odd branch but you need to be built like a front row forward to spend hours working like this. Choosing the … Continued

Is that winter on the way? Snow problem

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 long last it’s turned a bit sharp, frosts in the morning, snow on the hills, more like winter that the balmy days we’ve had lately. And slippery paths can lead to nasty accidents and broken bones and long sessions at the local hospital. Rather than using the salt and grit mixture to clear paths … Continued

It’s getting colder so here are ten top log splitters to help keep the fires blazing

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 predicted, just as we kid ourselves that we can wear T-shirts through winter, along comes a cold snap and those thick sweaters are heaved from the back of cupboards along with scarves and gloves. And now is the time to turn your attention to the thick branches and tree trunks left to season over … Continued

Thinking About Buying A Chainsaw? Here’s a Brief Guide

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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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We’ve had high winds from Eastern Europe and now from Africa and with fallen and broken branches everywhere – rather like Sports Direct – this is a great time to get out that Chainsaw and turn fallen wood into free firewood. But if you’ve never bought or used a Chainsaw before, the whole process can … Continued

Chainsaws designed with estates and farms in mind and with a FREE spare chain

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.
Estate workers and farmers looking for hard working, powerful and reliable chainsaws would be well advised to look at these machines from the leading Italian manufacturer. They are exclusive to MowDirect and this brand is growing in popularity in the UK. As one of our customers remarked “I’ve used a number of Husqvarna saws in … Continued

Happy New Year From Holly and Ivy Should Know Better

Cripes. It’s 2016 already. It doesn’t seem long since we were welcoming the Spirit of Christmas 2015 and now the Holly has wilted (too much bubbly…hic!)  the Panatone has been reduced to stale crumbs and the tree is sad and droopy like an X-Factor contestant who didn’t make that top C. So what of the … Continued

Solid lawn tractors from the States – and they leave a striped finish

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.
A hard-working lawn and garden tractor is just about essential if you have a large area of grass to keep in trim. But few offer the striped finish you see on football pitches and the like, as they don’t have a rear roller. As well as leaving a picture-perfect lawn these will also smooth out … Continued