Avid readers of my blog will know that from time to time I recommend something that I particularly enjoy using or find invaluable. We’ve gathered a few of them together above, to be taken back to the original post for more details click the relevant picture. One small additional piece of information – I find the Tub Trug even better since I’ve drilled a few holes in the base – that way it doesn’t fill with rain.
I’ve been busy in the greenhouse this week and I’m finding the Sophie Conran trowel (£14.95) from Burgon & Ball is a very handy combination of trowel and scoop. I’m quite a messy gardener, so anything that means the compost goes where intended – rather than down my boot – is very welcome.
I have a sturdy old trestle table which comes out of storage at this time of year and is erected in a shady corner of the garden. It is invaluable as a cool place to prick out seedlings and allow them to recover before moving them to a sunnier spot. It is also a good spot to germinate pot sown seeds that can be inhibited by too much heat.
Japanese gardeners traditionally protect their gardening tools from rust with oil made from the seeds of the camellia. It leaves a deep, non-oily finish and as it is edible, odourless and tasteless it can also be used on kitchen knives. Should you have ambitions to be a Sumo wrestler in your spare time it’s what they use on their hair! £6.50 from www.niwaki.com which also supplies fine tools for topiary.
My Showa Floreo gardening gloves are invaluable at this time of year when heavier gloves tend to get discarded. Cool, comfortable and machine washable they come in a range of colours. I buy the bright ones as I’m less likely to lose them that way.