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This is about useful or inspirational garden stuff. I’ve bought some of it, but some is sent to me free to review. There are usually affiliate links to Amazon or other retailers, so I may get a small percentage if you buy. Everything is here because I think you’d like it too.

Bloggers’ picks – the best Christmas gifts for gardeners

Gifts for gardeners

I've asked a range of leading bloggers to recommend the best gifts for gardeners. I set a price limit of under £50. And by gardeners, of course, I mean 'anyone…

November 19th, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Shop

Secret Gardens and Secret Gardeners…book reviews

Reviews of The Secret Gardeners and Secret Gardens of East Anglia

I've been sent review copies of Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall & Marcus Harpur, and The Secret Gardeners by Victoria Summerley & Hugo Rittson Thomas. In fact,…

October 29th, 2017 - Shop

Review: Monty Don’s new book ‘Down To Earth’

Monty Don 'Down to Earth' book launch

Monty Don's new book, Down to Earth, has lots of good practical advice, but it isn't a 'how to.' [caption id="attachment_7652" align="alignnone" width="600"] Monty Don's new book, 'Down To Earth',…

October 8th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Shop

Children’s gardening – some really good and fun stuff

good children's tools

Children's gardening is perennially in the news. How can we encourage the young to be interested in gardening? Should we even try? I have a theory. If we go back…

July 9th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Shop

A few of my favourite gardening things…

Good gardening things I've tried

'Gardening things' may sound a bit vague, but I wanted to tell you about a few of the best things that I've tried recently. I've bought or been given some…

May 28th, 2017 - Shop

My favourite new garden tools and books

My favourite new garden tools

Garden bloggers see alot of new garden tools and books at the beginning of the gardening year. This year, garden tools are lighter and stronger than they've ever been before.…

March 26th, 2017 - Shop

10 fascinating garden gifts we’d all love to get

Garden gifts for Christmas

Garden gifts are tricky. I don't think any of us wants a random plant. Certainly not if we have middle-sized gardens, because there's rarely a spare space to squeeze a…

November 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Shop

Are gardening Black Friday deals worth it?

Gardening gloves and secateurs

I hadn't realised there were gardening Black Friday deals. I've been vaguely aware of Black Friday as a day when tech and gadgetry gets marked down. But I noticed that…

November 23rd, 2016 - Shop

Easy garden party ideas and inspiration

Easy garden party ideas

Garden party ideas can be such fun. Coloured tablecloths and glasses. Seasonal garden flowers in jam jars. Night-lights, lanterns and solar lights for long discussions late into the night... We've…

August 7th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Shop

Garden furniture to love – 4 best looks

Garden furniture styles for your garden

How do you choose garden furniture? Do you drift in to a garden centre and look for the offers? Or is your garden furniture an important part of your design?…

July 24th, 2016 - Shop

The best gardening supplies – what you really need now

Garden supplies - kit that really works

'Gardening supplies' is a funny term. It covers a whole category of extremely useful things that make gardening much easier. In the past, I used to muddle along with anything…

June 26th, 2016 - Shop

My 10 most useful and inspiring gardening books

My 10 best gardening books

Are gardening books dead? Can't we get all the info we need free off the internet? The best gardening books are the ones you go back to again and again.…

May 22nd, 2016 - Shop

7 essential garden tools to make your gardening life really easy

How to save money and buy the best, by only buying the tools you really need.

There are essential garden tools. And there are useful garden tools. Then there are useless garden tools. This post will show you how to invest in the first two, and…

January 24th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Shop

The 5 best garden cookery books

Cookbooks for seasonal veg and fruit

You need garden cookery books if you grow your own vegetables or buy seasonal veg. They offer lots of easy, delicious recipes to make the most of your harvest or market…

September 20th, 2015 - Shop

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