After The Storm – February Comes Creeping Into Your Garden

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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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Like the old Barbara Dickson  Song (penned by the great Alan Tarney) ‘January – February’,  the months always seem to turn around so quickly and one minute you are sitting, thermostat cranked to the max, curled up in your armchair, sipping warming soup and watching the eternal loop of ‘Friends’ on Comedy Central and the … Continued

This is the time to finish the winter clear-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.
With the huge amounts of rain and milder winter gardens are putting on a very early spurt and if you did not carry out pruning in the autumn, you need to start soon. Twigs and dead growth on shrubs won’t burn well at this time of the year and really need to be shredded and … Continued

Great gift for gardeners: chipper shredders from leading American manufacturer

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.
Gardening at this time of the year always presents a problem – what do you do with all the prunings from the shrubs and rose bushes and the like. For they can take some time to rot down on the compost heap and even if you burn them there will always be bits of twigs … Continued

Ten top tools to help you beat the winter weather

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 draws on, as the expression goes, and we must expect all manner of nasty weather until the first daffodils wave their golden welcome to Spring. The right equipment can make coping with the worst of the winter much easier so here’s our selection of ten top tools to help get through to Spring with … Continued

Top chipper shredder to deal with the debris from the gales

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 recent stormy weather, falling branches and general debris have left many gardens looking a terrible mess. And the only real way of disposing of all the rubbish is with a chipper shredder so you can dump it on the compost heap or use it as a mulch on the tender plants on the … Continued

Ten top gifts for those hard to please people

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 still just time to buy that special present for the keen gardener and have it delivered before Christmas. And as Santa is issuing his survival rations to Rudolph and revving up the rest of the reindeers we have listed ten Christmas crackers of presents you can consider if you’re feeling generous. Speak to anyone … Continued

Ten magnificent gifts for the keen 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.
Here are ten great gift suggestions for the more generous of you with keen gardeners as friends or relations. Any one receiving one of these would be bound to be greeted with a broad grin as big as Rudolph’s on Christmas Day so have a look at these suggestions to see the amazing list of … Continued

Top Ten Petrol Chipper-Shredders for 2012

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 season when professionals and amateurs alike begin considering pruning trees and shrubs and wondering what to do with all the branches and small twigs and other debris. And some of you of may well be considering replacing an old chipper/shredder or thinking about buying one for the first time. Mowdirect has been … Continued

After the gales the clear-up starts here

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 of us may well have escaped the bitter conditions of last winter but now we have gales of damaging wind. Trees have been blown down and there is any amount of debris to clear up; and so we have put together a clear-up kit of garden machinery to help with the job. Don’t start … Continued

Turn garden debris into a valuable mulch

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 sharp frosts of the winter you really can’t put off clearing up the flower beds and shrubberies much longer and also clearing away the odd small branches and twigs. And whereas we used to put them on a bonfire which burned and smouldered away, sometimes for days, there are machines which can … Continued