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Use the right tools, garden products and equipment to get the job done fast. If a task is easy to do, don’t leave it to become a problem. For occasional big tasks, consider hiring specialist tools or employing a contractor to do the job for you.

Further information:

Garden tools and equipment

BBC guide to buying tools

RHS guide to hiring contractors

Source: ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’ (Reader’s Digest 1999)

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I set you a little challenge last Sunday. I photographed these two old gardening tools at Erdigg House and Gardens and asked what you thought they were used for. Thanks to those of you who had a go….

Old School Gardener

OK, here’s a little challenge for you to start the new week. I photographed these two old gardening tools at Erdigg House and Gardens last week. I wonder how efficient they were, as I can certainly see me using them both in Old School Garden.

What do you think they were used for? Have you used them, or do you have them in your garden? Please leave me a comment!

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Picpost: Bucket Shop

‘Students at Armstrong School in Newcastle have been creating more storage solutions for their shed with Sarah Carrie (Schools Advisor for the North East).
As well as their brilliant welly rack (post from 28 June), they have made this smart tool holder to keep long handled tool handles upright and neat.
To make it they:
Used 4 old plastic plant pots
Cut the bottoms off 2 of them
Screwed these 2 pots onto the shed wall
Fixed the other 2 plant pots below the others onto the floor.’

via RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Gardening-Boots2OK, it’s the beginning of a new gardening year and minds turn to tools and equipment to make life easier or more efficient.

I’m currently awaiting a Wolf  two-way hoe (a birthday present) to clip into the handle I got for Christmas. I came across this wonderful tool whilst on my Heritage Gardening traineeship last year. Basically, if you don’t know, it’s twice as efficient as the normal dutch hoe, as you till the ground on the pull as well as the push stroke. I can’t wait, but it’ll be a little while yet before the ground is thawed enough for me to get it moving.

What about boots or other footwear in the garden? I find I have about 6 pairs of old shoes and boots, only one of which was purposefully bought for the garden (and not by me). This one- a padded leather boot with steel toe cap – is brilliant. But at different times of the year I find weather and ground conditions make one of my other pairs better.

What about you? Do you care what you wear? Do you hanker after some top of the range foot protection? Or do you, like me, just relegate those ‘not good enough for town’  shoes to the ‘there’s a few more years life in them yet’ rack?

Here are some pics for you to ponder- let me know if you have a favourite or what you actually wear out there!

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My own personal favourite- safe with a toe cap,but cushioned ankle support too!

























And when you finally can’t use your boots any more, turn them into a stylish planter!

Further information:

Michelle Obama’s gardening boots

Back Care when gardening

Boots as flower pots

Boots as planters

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