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Link to RainCan

Saving water might not seem a priority at the moment, but if a half-decent, warm summer ever does arrive, then every drop will count. Thanks to its innovative yet simple design, the RainCan is easy to fill from an outdoor or indoor tap and, if left outside on a wet day, will collect more rainwater than your average watering can.…

Product test – long handled patio knives

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Best buy 19/20
Darlac telescopic knife £12
Tel. 01753 547790 or www.
Build 4
Telescopic aluminium shaft and stainless steel head, secured by two screws. Length adjusts from 321/2in -481/2in (83cm – 123cm).
Features: 5
Twist locking mechanism can set the length at any point. Has two very sharp blades, one on the vertical, the other in the curve of the hook. Plastic grip handle.
 Performance: 5
Inside curved…

Product profile – tomato growhouse

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There’s no doubt about it – young tomato plants can always benefit from extra weather protection. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a greenhouse though as Nison has a sturdy, yet temporary, solution. Take a look at the Nison tomato growhouse with its powder coated steel frame, heavy duty PVC cover plus guy ropes and pegs for extra stability. 
Providing your…

Product profile – chemical free slug barrier

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If slugs are a continual problem but you don’t want to go down the route of using pellets then a chemical free approach is called for. From slug “pubs” to copper strips there are a few on the market to choose from now and, as the weather warms up, decisions need to be made. 
Slug Barricade from Darlac is not only…

Product review: lean-to cold frame

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Best buy 19/20

Acacia Frame
£104.90 (inc p&p)
Mr Fothergills
Tel. 0845 3710518
Build: 5
Acacia wood frame, polycarbonate glazing and steel fittings.
Features: 4

The Acacia wood is kiln-dried and the glazing is twin-skinned. Measures:  3ft 2in (100cm) wide x 231/2in (60cm) wide x 153/4in (40cm) high at the back. Has a micro-adjustable lid for ventilation and watering.
Performance: 5
Light and easy enough to move around and looked…

Product profile: high pressure washer

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Getting dirt, moss and the like off paving, decking and garden furniture can be hard work and time-consuming. But now you can give your elbow more power and be eco-friendly at the same time with help from the newly launched K7 Eco Beast from Karcher. 
Endorsed by Waterwise it’ll save you over 50 per cent on water when compared to a…

Product profile – Heat Holders

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TOG RATINGS aren’t just for your bedroom duvet, you know. As winters appear to be harder hitting, research into the design and fibres needed for warmer clothing has been moving on apace. Among the successes are Heat Holders – thermal socks with a 2.34 tog rating. This is much higher than an ordinary thermal sock and said to be seven…

Product review: wheelie bin stores

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Best buy 19/20
Double bin store
Rowlinson Garden Products
Tel. 01829 261121
 Build 5
Pressure treated wooden construction. Measures 611⁄2in (156cm) long x 32in (82cm) deep x 50in (128cm) high.
Features 5
Holds 2 x 240ltr bins divided by a central screen with two lids that can be propped open by wooden stays. Chains are attached to bin lids for automatic opening. Has two front doors, each…

Product profile – bird feed kit

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FINDING STUFF to keep kids amused on dull winter days can be a challenge, which is why this wild bird feed making kit is such a winner. Not only will your children enjoy creating a range of tasty treats that will attract wild birds to the garden, they will also be able to watch their new feathered friends tucking in.

Product review – Boot and shoe scrapers

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Best buy 20/20
Gardman Coir and Wire Boot Scraper
£ 10.99
For stockists: Tel 01406 37222
Build 5
Robust, naturally coloured bristles on a galvanised wire frame.
Features 5
Mat-like design with central ridge and frame, plus spaced, short coir bristles to clean undersides and edges of both boots in one go. When not in use it can be propped upright next to the door to make…