Hello Battery – Goodbye Petrol…

Working as a professional horticulturist involves many skills, managing risk is just one of them. I have always been uneasy about having staff (and others) breathing in the fumes from 2 and 4 stroke engines. Even well maintained machines give off harmful fumes, which are incompatible with creating a healthy outdoor workplace. This has led…

Spear & Jackson Kew Gloves on test

These are a competitively priced gardening glove, selling for around £12. The backs are made of an elasticated spandex fabric, which gives a comfortable, tight fit, but which offers little protection from thorns, or even slight prickles. The leather is thin, which has the advantage of allowing more intricate gardening tasks to be undertaken, but…

Felco or Niwaki?

It is a huge question for any gardener… Niwaki or Felco? When I was training there was only one brand of secateur, they had red handles, were made is Switzerland and they lasted a lifetime. As a student I bought my Felco’s – Felco 7’s to be precise (the ones with the swivel handle) –…

The best gardening gloves ever?

I used to hate wearing gardening gloves. You know, the cheap ones. The ones with thick grey suede type leather and huge fingers. The ones you can’t feel a thing through, but which are as effective as tracing paper at stopping thorns! Yes, you know the ones. So, one wet day I decided, If I…

Prick

This book by Gynelle Leon is squarely aimed at Millennials, who have fallen head over hells in love with succulents. This is a new type of gardening book for a new generation of plant lovers. It breaks the tradition of gardening books rather cleverly. It first introduces the joy that is a home filled with succulents. This…