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Best buy: 20/20
Wilko stainless-steel border range
Tel. 08456 080807
Quality stainless steel heads with well-finished high-grade ash hardwood shaft and handle. Spade: total height 37in (94cm) with 51/2in (14cm) wide blade. Fork: total height 38in (96cm) with 51/2in (14cm) wide head.
Traditional-looking tools with wishbone handles and boot treads on the shoulders of the spade. Two rivets secure the…
Here’s a little tea-time treat that’ll have your feathered friends tweeting for joy. Produced by family tea merchants Ringtons this classic shaped ceramic teapot is really a birdfeeder that can be hung securely from any tree, post or balcony thanks to its strong zinc coated steel suspension cable. Each one carries the 107 year company’s RT crest and comes with…
Gardeners who like to grow for show have prompted a seed firm to launch a range of exhibition veg.
Mr Fothergill’s has pooled 16 tried-and-tested varieties for exhibition growing, some of which are new to company, into one specialist line-up.
“Growing for showing is increasingly popular, often with gardeners who want to enter the spirit of their local show and compete for…
Garden product makers are getting ready for a record Easter – as gardeners rush to fix plots that have been battered by a winter of storms.
Garden centres are expecting one of their busiest springs, as households get rain-lashed gardens into shape.
A spokesman for Scotts Miracle-Gro said winter flooding could lead to root death, phytophthora, dead lawns and waterlogged containers: “There…
Want to make a few bob, selling your surplus plants at car boot sales? We set out our selling tips, as well as what you can and can’t sell
Anne Swithinbank shows how to protect early planted potatoes from late frosts, while Bob Flowerdew sets out his favorite types by culinary use.
Sowing a new lawn this spring? AG consumer editor, Julia…
Here’s a great idea as a present for a gardening friend. The Garden MultiTool is one of a range of four pocket-sized tools launched by Wilkinson Sword.
Despite being just 4in (10cm long) it has 14 other devices tucked away in the handles, making it ideal for spur of the moment DIY and repair jobs around the garden. Amongst them is…
A new hosta is to be served up for Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Hosta ‘Andy Murray’ will make its debut at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May – and tennis ace Andy and his family may be at the launch.
Vice-president of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, Diana Grenfell, told AG the hosta’s leaves represent the colours of the Scottish…
Drinkers are to take part in a national contest to grow the longest runner bean.
Seed firm DT Brown heard that regulars at The Carpenters Arms near Ely in Cambridgeshire planned to compete to grow the longest bean of ‘Enorma’.
The firm’s Tim Jeffries hit on the idea of a national contest to discover which British pub or club could grow the…
Snowdrops failing to flower? Congested clumps can starve each other of the nutrients needed for flowering. We show you how to divide and conquer!
How have your trees coped in the high winds and gales? We show three ways of staking young trees to keep them upright, no matter the weather.
The One Show’s Christine Walkden reveals the best clematis for…
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£17.99 (£4.99 p&p)
Calendar Seed Storage Box
Te. 0844 557 2233
A sturdily constructed blue metal box with snug fitting hinged lid, inside is a metal partition for the thick cardboard 12 month dividers. Dimensions: 10¼in wide x 13in deep x 8in high (26cm x 13cm x 20cm). Also available in olive and grey.
This seed store has two compartments…
YIPEEEE! I was handed my new allotment at the weekend. Sadly, being in the middle of insulating the loft I was unable to do anything on it. But Monday lunchtime I sneaked off for an hour to take the first steps in clearing the neglected site.
It’s not bad, though the site secretary offered me a rent-free period while I cleared…
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STIHL MS 170
For nearest stockists tel. 01276 20202
Very strong plastic casing and spiked bumper. Plastic engine shroud, rubberised chain brake, rear handle and handlebar. Metal guide bar and steel chain.
A 30.1cc 2-stroke engine and a chain that reaches 24.8m per second. Chain tension is altered by a screw alongside the guide bar. Clear fuel and chain…
If you find yourself having to fight off a bundle of tools every time you open the shed door then a proper storage system has to be a priority. It’ll not only be a far safer place but also make retrieving your gardening gear quicker and easier. Plus, it’ll have the knock on effect of freeing up floor space.
You don’t need any special tools or tricks to remove ivy from walls, AG Gardening editor Kris Collins shows you the easy way to do it.
There are two ways to prune a rose – one produces fewer but bigger blooms, the other gives more flowers per plant but fewer blooms. Read Peter Seabrook’s timely advice to get the results you…