The Tractor Factor – Which Drive Do You Choose?

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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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For those of you who have been paying attention (not you Holly) it will be very apparent that this is a good time to buy a new ride-on or lawn tractor. Not only do we have grass springing up all over the place like themed cocktail bars in Hoxton but we also have some very good … Continued

This is Snow Time To Take Your Eye Off The Ball. Why You Should Be Prepared.

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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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Will we have snow? Won’t we have snow? Have we already got snow? Ah, the British do love talking about weather, hot, cold (usually cold) rainy, sunny, foggy or snowy it’s our favourite bus stop chat. Snow is again on the menu with forecasters forecasting the white peril all over the place. And let’s face … 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

Logs splitters to save injuring you back while wielding the axe

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