Tools & Equipment

How to prepare the garden ready for winter

Now is the time to sort out the garden and protect it from harsh winter weather. The preparation you do now will put you in good stead for when spring arrives. Here are a few tips to help you prepare the garden for winter. 

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How to prepare the garden ready for winter

Now is the time to sort out the garden and protect it from harsh winter weather. The preparation you do now will put you in good stead for when spring arrives. Here are a few tips to help you prepare the garden for winter. 

There isn't a lot happening in the garden during the winter months but it is a great opportunity to have a tidy-up and a clean, and to prepare for the gardening season ahead. Here's a few useful tasks for you to do in the garden before the cold weather descends, with recommendations for handy equipment.

9 of the best splitting axes

Nine rugged designs to make chopping logs easy work. 

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Nine of the best splitting axes

Nine rugged designs to make chopping logs easy work. 

It's time to prepare your firewood for winter. We pick our favourite axes that will make splitting logs a joy.

HICKORY HANDLE
SA Wetterlings Splitting Axe, 2.2kg,
£84.95, The Bushcraft Store,
thebushcraftstore.co.uk

 

 

Things to think about before buying a scythe

More gardeners are choosing to cut grass by scythe but before investing in this traditional tool, here are a few things to think about from scything expert, Simon Damant. 

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Getting started in scything (c Andrew Montgomery)

More gardeners are choosing to cut grass by scythe but before investing in this traditional tool, here are a few things to think about from scything expert, Simon Damant. 

Rural skills: oak swill baskets

The skill of hand-crafting traditional Cumbrian oak swill baskets is alive and well with artisan Owen Jones. 

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Oak swill baskets

The skill of hand-crafting traditional Cumbrian oak swill baskets is alive and well with artisan Owen Jones. 

Owen Jones is one of the very few remaining makers of the traditional Cumbrian oak swill basket. His entire life revolves around the baskets and, by extension, the woods from which he coppices his raw materials. Anything he cuts, he uses, so as well as the swills, he makes shopping baskets, birch besoms, oak gates, hazel hurdles, charcoal and clothes props.

Recommendations for salvias

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

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Recommendations for salvias. Photo c. Maayke de Ridder

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

Twenty-five years ago Bob Foltz was a renowned dancer and choreographer and Andries Bierling had a successful career in public relations. Today the couple are the owners of one of the most important plant nurseries in the Netherlands and the holders of the Dutch collections of Salvia and Echinacea. Here they share their favourite salvias. 

 

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-25 September 2016

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

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Bergamo's Piazza Vecchia ©Fabio Toschi

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What not to miss at GROW London 2016

Held on Hampstead Heath, GROW London runs from 24-26 June 2016. Here are a few exciting exhibits and events at this year's show. 

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GROW London

Held on Hampstead Heath, GROW London runs from 24-26 June 2016. Here are a few exciting exhibits and events at this year's show. 

The contemporary garden fair GROW London is back for a third year on London's Hampstead Heath. Taking place over the weekend of 24-26 June, it brings together contemporary garden design and expert horticultural advice with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the best in garden furniture, rare plants, tools and accessories, as well as talks and workshops from leading names in the industry. We've picked out some of the highlights to give you an idea of what to expect at the show.

Gardens Illustrated Festival podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts, recorded at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in 2015.

 

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c. Hannah McVicar

Listen to our latest podcasts, recorded at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in 2015.

 

Readers are aware, hopefully, that back in January we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Gardens Illustrated Festival for 2016 due to concerns over the suitability of the site and it’s financial viability. 

We are working towards 2017’s event and looking for an alternative venue – hopefully still in the Cotswolds.

Festival podcasts
In the meantime you can find podcasts of a selection of talks from the 2015 festival held in Malmesbury. 

Artist profile: Wycliffe Stutchbury

Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate mosaics made up of miniature tiles taken from old and abandoned pieces of wood. 

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Artist profile: Wycliffe Stutchbury

Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate mosaics made up of miniature tiles taken from old and abandoned pieces of wood. 

Garden tasks: March

Alys Fowler looks forward to the prospect of hard work as the garden comes alive in March.

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Alys Fowler

Alys Fowler looks forward to the prospect of hard work as the garden comes alive in March.

It has finally come. Spring has sprung, for some of us at least, but this means variable weather and strong winds may bring rain, sleet and hail. All the while, though, the sun is climbing and its rays are getting stronger. Once the temperature rises above 6°C, things start to grow and, thankfully, the garden is back in business.
 
Flowers
• Now is a good time to get on top of labelling. Check your labels for damage or fading before herbaceous material comes into growth.
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