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Onion hoes are a great tool, with lots of different uses in the garden, not just cleaning up in between your onion rows. But what makes a good onion hoe? Well, I went out and bought three different onion hoes with my own money, gave them a thorough test over a few weeks, and I’m now reporting my findings. Burgon and Ball Hand Hoe – My Favourite If you have ever read any of my…

Loppers are a key part of all gardeners kit, but having the right pair can make all the difference. We have bought three of the more popular models currently available and put them all to the test to see which set deserves the title of “The Best Loppers!” Our Three Contenders In this test, we have the Gruntek telescopic anvil loppers, Spear and Jackson RazonSharp loppers and the Stanley FatMax loppers. Watch The Video Review…

A cold frame can be a useful tool for gardeners, allowing you to extend your growing season at both ends of the year. They are incredibly helpful for UK gardeners where we have shorter seasons than other parts of the world. A cold frame is usually a simple timber box, sometimes metal. Fixed into this frame are plastic or glass panels. They are essentially a mini greenhouse and used for many of the same purposes.…

Trimming hedges is hard work, but the results make it well worth your while, cleaning up the look of your garden. Frequent trimming will help you to keep a hedge healthy, maintain an attractive appearance, and reduce the chances of insect issues in the hedge too. For hedge trimming, there are several kinds of trimmers, and the right one will depend on factors, such as the type of hedge and size of the garden. The…

As a way to add extra colour to your outdoor space, painting your fence is one of those simple things that anybody can do. While keeping your garden fence maintained might not sound like a lot of fun, but painting or staining your fence or garden gate every few years will improve its appearance, preserve it for years, and keep the neighbours happy! But when it is time to add a new lick of paint,…

It’s one of those things that adds an extra layer of style to any garden. If you are looking to create that feeling of cosiness or a rustic sensation reminiscent of a campfire into your backyard, patio, or deck, a fire pit is one of those things that easily creates intimacy. A fire pit provides a warm and homely focal point in a back garden where family and friends can relax. While many public spaces…

If you have flower beds or are working on a vegetable garden, a garden fork is an essential tool every amateur or experienced gardener needs. One may be forgiven for thinking that a garden fork is just one simple tool, but not all garden forks are the same.  If you need to dig around a vegetable bed, dig undisturbed soil, or dig heavy soil such as clay, a garden fork is ideal. A good one…

For most people, keeping your lawn looking healthy could be quite a hassle. These days, this doesn’t have to be the case. Having an electric lawn rake can really help keep everything in working order by removing dead grass and moss. As most people need the grass cut on a semi-regular basis, this is only one piece of the puzzle. If you want the lawn to look healthy it may be worth getting an electric…

As all keen gardeners know, it’s not always easy getting those damn plant to grow. Sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, you can never quite achieve the growth you expected. The good news is that no matter how bad things may seem, there are always things you can do that’ll push things in the right direction. It’s just that sometimes you’ll need to dig a little deeper.  For example, did you know…

The Best Lawn Scarifier The Einhell cordless is our best lawn scarifier. It uses 2x 18v batteries and has more than enough charge for medium-sized gardens. Please note batteries and charger are an added extra but do work with other tools in the power x series. The handle height can be adjusted using the quick-release levers, and there are also three different working depth settings. You can set up the scarifier just the way you…

The Best Gardening Spades A good spade will last you years, maybe even decades, that’s why it’s important to pick the right one if you are thinking of making a decent investment in a new spade. We have taken the time, effort and money out of this problem for you and examined the best garden spades currently on the market. Let’s jump in. Best Digging Spade Burgon and Ball have been making steel in Sheffield…

Weed burners are a great way for getting rid of weeds with little effort, plus who doesn’t want to see those pesky weeds go up in flames? Here we have researched the best weed burners and laid it out into a simple article. We have looked at both electric weed burners and gas ones and then compared the pros and cons of both. These tools are gaining in popularity due to their ease of use…

What is a pruning saw? A pruning saw is a short, often curved, saw created for sawing medium branches for the purpose of pruning, hence the name. A pruning saw will have really sharp angular teeth specifically created for cutting through live wood. Pruning saws come in fixed and foldable forms and also in a variety of sizes. A pruning saw is used on branches that are too large to cut with a hand pruner…

Why you need the best pond pump If you are just thinking of creating your first pond or are a seasoned pond expert the best pond pump can literally make or break your pond. Our handy guide to the best pond pumps is perfect for anyone looking to build or maintain a pond. If you are looking to plant up your pond why not have a look at my favourite pond plants. Pumps for garden…

When it comes to our gardens, there can be one problematic area that we want to bypass after the winter months. It can be a vast expanse of space. Be covered in a considerable amount of moss, grime, and dirt. It can even be a slipping hazard. Have you guessed the area we are discussing? That’s right, the patio area. In your garden, a patio is a well-used space in the Spring and summer. You…