The Ides of March. The Stripes of Spring.

Gosh. Sunshine. Blue skies. Birds singing, memories of Stravinski’s angular music (The Rites of Spring) and the tempting thought that soon I just might be able to remove a couple of layers of clothing so I don’t continue to resemble a fat scarecrow and can actually perambulate to my local shops without shivering. Spring at … Continued

British-made mowers to give that iconic striped finish to your lawn

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.
Hayter is a company with a long British history and their mowers are some of the best on the market. Soundly engineered and with a reputation for having a long working life, they are the iconic mower seen puttering along the lawns of large houses. They make a range of mowers suitable for every size … Continued

After The Storm – February Comes Creeping Into Your Garden

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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

Three exclusive mowers offering reliability and value

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.
Wet and windy it might be but the grass cutting season is nearly upon us. Many will open the shed door and decide that the old faithful mower, quietly rusting away under the garden furniture, simply will not do another season. If you are looking for a new mower here are feature-packed three machines which … Continued

Exclusive lawn tractor from the States offering great value

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.
Bolens is a name which might not trip off the tongues when it comes to lawn tractors. But it is a well-established manufacturer in the United States and makes top quality machinery at very keen prices. We think this one, the Bolens B36 Lawn Tractor, is a must for the shortlist for anyone looking for … Continued

Spring is just over the horizon so here are ten top garden tractors, plus one for luck

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.
Can you see it? Just hoving into view over the hill? That’s February, the month when blackthorn flowers in the hedges announce the arrival of Spring in the countryside. This year we have had such mild weather that many of us softy southerners haven’t seen a flake of snow. And this means that the grass … Continued

Two great Italian chainsaws to deal with the debris from the gales

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 gales of wind across the country again you may well find small trees and branches blown down – not to mention fence panels and fence poles. So a good chain saw will be an important tool when it comes to clearing away the debris. You won’t do much better than these two from Oleo-Mac, … Continued

Top garden tractors on exclusive offer and at great prices

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 garden tractor is essential if you are lucky enough to own a large plot and here is one from an established brand and at an excellent price. The Murray EMT2242RDF Garden Tractor is made for gardens between one and three acres where there are jobs throughout the year – and not just grass … Continued

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

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

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