Tools & Equipment

January offers at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

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Gardens Illustrated shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

The new growing season is just around the corner; make sure that you are set up and ready to go. Visit our Gardens Illustrated Shop and choose from our selection of practical, top quality gardening items.

Order now and make the most of our special offers for January with discounts on all our products including our excellent Sneeboer gardening tools - perfect for getting your soil ready for seed sowing and planting. Don't forget, subscribers get the best deals.

What you need in your potting shed

Get kitted out for the ultimate potting shed

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Kit out your potting shed

Get kitted out for the ultimate potting shed

A functional potting shed is a must-have for a keen gardener. Here are some essential items (and some treats) that will help you to own the ultimate potting shed. 

 

 

 

 

 

How to chop kindling and the best tools for the job

It's said that a fire will warm you twice - once when you chop the wood and once when you burn it. Here we show you how to chop kindling and how to split logs plus, we suggest the best tools for the job. 

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How to chop kindling and the best tools

It's said that a fire will warm you twice - once when you chop the wood and once when you burn it. Here we show you how to chop kindling and how to split logs plus, we suggest the best tools for the job. 

There are many components to think about when attempting to build the perfect fire. Often it comes down to the types of wood you use and the time you put in to prepare your log store for the fire-lighting season. The three main 'ingredients' to a fire are newspaper, kindling and logs. Here we show you how to chop kindling, how to split logs ready to use on the fire and suggest where to find the best tools for the job.

 

Christmas at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Find the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning gardener at the Gardens Illustrated Shop.

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Gardens Illustrated Shop

Find the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning gardener at the Gardens Illustrated Shop.

Choose from our selection of great gardening items this Christmas and delight your friends and family. Plus, if you're a subscriber you get a discount on the recommended prices.

PLEASE NOTE: Last order date for Christmas gifts is Thursday 17th December 2015.

9 of the best wheelbarrows

9 of the best wheelbarrow designs that help to lighten the load in the garden.

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Best wheelbarrows

9 of the best wheelbarrow designs that help to lighten the load in the garden.

During the colder months, the attention in the garden turns to tidying up and re-organising ready for the growing season ahead. We've chosen 9 of the best wheelbarrows to help lighten the load.

 

FOLDAWAY
Collapsible aluminium 150kg transport cart,
£373, Manufactum,
0800 096 0938, manufactum.co.uk

 

 

The best firewood for wood burning stoves plus tips for stacking

As winter approaches, it's time to start thinking about re-stocking your firewood supplies. Here we choose the best types of firewood, give advice on stacking logs and offer top tips for creating the perfect fire. 

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Firewood c Andrew Montgomery

As winter approaches, it's time to start thinking about re-stocking your firewood supplies. Here we choose the best types of firewood, give advice on stacking logs and offer top tips for creating the perfect fire. 

The glow of a wood burning fire is a welcome sight during the winter months. The flickering flames, the cracking and popping of burning bark and the delightful smell of woodsmoke all help to forget the gloomy darkness outside. To help you prepare for the months ahead, we've picked the best wood to burn and give tips for stacking your log pile and building the perfect fire.  

 

Ideas for Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

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Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

With the abundance of squash ready to be harvested in the garden, the creative fun of halloween can be a welcome way to use up surplus crops. Originally the Pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), the holiday marked the official end of the harvest season. Samhain also marked the time of year when the veil between the two worlds was particularly thin, allowing the dead spirits to cross into the world of the living.

NEW series: A year at Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

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Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

 

How to lay a hedge

The art of hedge laying is a centuries-old skill for creating living, stock-proof fences – and although it requires hard work and patience, practice invariably makes perfect. Here we give you a step-by-step guide on how to lay a hedge, as well as some styles of traditional county hedging styles for inspiration. 

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Hedge laying c. Andrew Montgomery

The art of hedge laying is a centuries-old skill for creating living, stock-proof fences – and although it requires hard work and patience, practice invariably makes perfect. Here we give you a step-by-step guide on how to lay a hedge, as well as some styles of traditional county hedging styles for inspiration. 

Hedge laying is a country skill that has been practised for centuries. Although a well-laid hedge looks beautiful, the original aim was to create a fence to stop sheep, cattle and other stock from straying. Styles vary across the country (see below), but the principles of hedge-laying remain the same. By laying the hedge you not only create a living fence, you also help to encourage new growth, making it an excellent way of regenerating an old, overgrown hedge without replacing it.

9 garden taps

Nine ways to bring water into the garden. 

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9 garden taps

Nine ways to bring water into the garden. 

 

Bringing water into the garden is an essential must-have for any discering gardener. However, sometimes, taps can become a dull addition or an eye-sore. Here we've picked out nine practical garden taps that don't compromise on style. 

 

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