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

Forget the frills and frippery, a lawnmower makes a great Christmas present

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.
Practical presents could be the order for this Christmas rather than jokey bits of frippery, presents which will last through the year and be genuinely useful. And what could be more useful than a new mower. Yes maybe that’s a bit difficult to envisage when the easterly wind penetrates a coat and two sweaters but … Continued

Our Black Friday deals will give you a garden to be proud of

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.
Maybe it is an import from the USA, but Britain has taken to Black Friday just as we have taken to the hamburger and today has become a major feature in the British shopping calendar. There are some excellent bargains on our special Black Friday sales pages and here we have selected ten great bargains … Continued

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

Ten top machines for cutting wet autumn grass

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.
Soaking dew and even a few early morning frosts have left lawns sodden in the morning but still growing  and needing regular trimming. And that’s a problem for many less powerful mowers which tend to leave congealed lumps on the lawn rather than collect the clippings. The power is needed not just to cut the … Continued

Ten top machines to keep the grass neat this autumn

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.
November has eased in with thick dew on the grass and morning mists and with darker evening there is little to encourage us into the garden. But the lawns are growing quickly still and need to be trimmed once the dew has gone, once a week still, and may well need trimming all through the … 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 brilliant gardening bargains 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.
Much of the country is set for warmer weather and in to next week so now’s the time to spend a few hours grass cutting, leaf clearing and keeping hedges neat. So here are ten top gardening bargains from top international manufacturers to make life easier. And we hesitate to mention the C word but … Continued