Hello, last week I went off to London to the Garden Press Event, not only to mingle with garden designer and garden writing chums, but also to have a look at gardening products to make life easier for us keen (or would-be keen) gardeners.
I’m also interested in things to recommend to people whose gardens I’ve designed so they can keep their garden looking good as it develops.
Here are some of my favourites from the show that I think you’ll find useful.
I’m hoping that it will be a drier summer so I can spend more time in the garden and, almost as importantly there won’t be so many slugs to munch all my baby vegetables and new plants. If like me, you want to avoid using those bright blue slug pellets and keep your small children, pets, and visiting birds safe… and who wouldn’t?
The slugs have to go, here’s a couple of products that I’ll be using:
These are tiny, microscopic worms that attack and kill slugs, they’re harmless to all other creatures and you can use them on vegetables. All you do is water them into the soil, it has to be re-applied every few weeks, there’s more information here
This works differently, they’re wool pellets that you spread round the base of the plant as a barrier, eventually it rots down into the soil. Like all mulches it forms a soil-cover that helps keep moisture in the soil too.
I’ll be trying both of these this summer and I’ll let you know how they perform.
People seem to either love wearing gardening gloves or can’t bear to use them.
Personally I like to protect my hands and I’ve been using these Showa gloves for a few years now.
- they fit snugly like a second skin so they don’t get in the way
- you can wash them, they dry quickly and come up like new each time
- and although they’re quite light, they’re tough and last ages
I’d really like you to try these so there’s a free pair waiting for three lucky readers of this blog. Just leave your name and email with GLOVES in the subject box here.
We’ll choose the winners at the weekend, sadly this offer is only available to readers in the U.K. mainland.
There was cake too, which I always recommend
Pottering about in your garden is a nice way to pass the time, but finding the right products so you can use your time effectivly means that you have more time to sit and enjoy your garden, don’t you think?
all images: Jill Anderson