Top 20 Tools for any Gardener

This is my equivalent of a garden shed

TOP 20 TOOLS (I use on a weekly basis)
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1.  Secateurs in holster

2.  Hand Fork

3.  By-pass loppers

4.  Rake

5.  Broom

6. Long handled or hand-held edgers

7.  Wheelbarrow

8. Spade

9. Fork

10. Bucket or some kind of container to throw weeds and clippings in as you go. It can also double up as a watering device if you don’t have a watering can with you or to soak dry pots in water before planting out. Very very useful.

11. Trowel

12. Scissors

13. Garden twine

14. Kneeling pad

15. Shears

16. Plant ties

17. Bow saw

18.  Strimmer

19.  Hedge cutter

20. Pruning saw

We also use daily  a builders sack approx holding a cubic meter of garden prunings that can be balanced on a wheelbarrow and make trips to the compost heap or burn pile or local community composting site more efficient

Essential clothing:

1)  As many gloves as I can afford – on one wet day I could get through 3-4 pairs, if there is a wet week I’m in trouble

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You can see them all drying out here after last weeks rather wet spell

2)  Hats.  Essential all year round for protection from sun and rain. So woolly and warm in the winter and with a large brim or peak in the summer

3)  Waterproof clothing

4)  Solid footwear to protect those toes.  I wear muck boots.

Other Essentials:

1) Sun cream

2) First Aid Kit

3) Bite and sting relief anti-histamine cream

4) Insect repellent

5) Tissues

Other useful items

Spare buckets of different sizes to collect cut-flowers

Paper bags to collect seeds

Plant labels and pens

Watering can

Hammer/Mallet

Wire

Vine eyes

Camera

Notepad

Insecticides

Hormone Rooting powder

 

Of course this list could go on and on and on and on so I shall stop here!

 

The not quite flowering yet Colchicum

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No water, no soil – aren’t they great?!

Orange Tuesdays

Physallis

Physallis

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Carols' delicious marmalade

Carols’ delicious marmalade

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Physallis

Physallis

My home grown tommys

My home grown tommys

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Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Gladioli

Gladioli

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Arum italicum

Arum italicum

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It’s that time of year again

Sunflowers

Peonia mlokosewitschii or ‘Molly the Witch’

The eyes have it….

This is our earliest flowering peony with beautiful pale lemon flowers and now look whats happening to the seed heads??!!

 

It is so worth growing. This is how it looked on 5th May:

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Hello Dahlias..

Oh Wow, Dahlia Honka steals the show this morning:

Well Hello Girls!

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Followed by the rest.. ok you’re quite nice too…

 

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Every other day update of the flowering Colchicum bulb 2

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Mm mm Lilium ‘Kushi maya’ – Heaven Scent

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How to maintain some plants in a late summer border (2)

Alix demonstrates some maintenance procedures for August in this short video. Today we’re looking at Budleja,  Nepeta, Wisteria and

Roses

Colchicum

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A bulb that needs neither soil or water to flower. I hope you enjoy watching its progress with me as it takes pride of place on my table!