DIY and gardening time


I hope all’s well, as usual.

I’ve been taking a few days’ break away from The Q and spending a little time on the house. DIY has always been something I’ve been keen on – I love to have a go myself, and it’s true to say that initially this would have been a combination of trying to keep costs down, together with the challenge and satisfaction of making a good job of the task in hand.

As I’ve got more experienced with my DIY, ironically I’ve learnt when to step aside and let the professionals do the job. In the past, it used to rile me paying someone else to do what I thought I could do myself, but the truth is, a good professional should always be able to get a better standard of finish – of course it will vary hugely depending on the job itself. I’ve never trusted myself to touch the plumbing and would only tackle basic electrical work myself, notwithstanding the fact that nowadays, legislation covers many electrical installations.

I should also declare, at this point, that in the past I’ve wasted time and money having a go myself only to sheepishly contact a professional to come and sort out my efforts! But all that said, there are still many tasks that can easily be done around your home and garden, and it’s never been easier to get the tools and materials to get a professional finish.

I recently presented a DIY hour and was really impressed with the Worx range of tools and accessories. One in particular was The Worx Cordless Slide Driver with Screw Holder. This handy cordless screwdriver comes with six essential bits ready at your fingertips and it allows you to automatically change between them with a simple pull of a slide. It’s also compact, easy to use and holds the screws steady whilst you drive it home or reverse them out – this rechargeable lithium battery tool could be your new best friend when it comes to home DIY. The lithium battery technology also means it will hold it’s charge much longer than some other older battery technologies.

Before the Babyllon Spiral Plant Supports were put in place

As regular readers will know, I love my garden, although with the builders in for the entirety of last Summer, my gardening took a back seat. This year we intend to make up for last year and we’ve been tidying up the many shrubs and bushes in particular. We had a rather unruly bamboo plant that kept hanging over and blocking out the light, so I used the brilliant spirals from Babyllon to pull it back into shape. Although this ingenious design comes with a short detachable pole, I needed more height for the bamboo, so I used a bamboo cane to gain extra height and the spiral fitted very neatly into the hole at the end of the cane! You can see the difference in the before and after photos – I could have pulled it in even more by simply spinning the spiral another turn or two.

After the Babyllon Spiral Plant Supports were put in place

We’ve currently got a great combo pack offer from Babyllon, consisting of:

  • 2 x spiral supports – used on my bamboo, the spirals work with fully established plants as you simply wind them into the plant. Ideal for peonies, poppies, and delphiniums.
  • 2 x twister supports – perfect for all your climbers, tomatoes, runner beans and clematis, the twisters mean there’s no need to tie plants up with string.

You can adjust the height to fit the plant and drop the locating prong of the twister onto ordinary garden canes. The twister will stretch up to 2.1m (7ft).

Before I started my break, I had the great honour and pleasure of spending two hours with Richard Jackson, as part of his four-hour 20th Anniversary Celebration. Richard has been appearing on QVC for something like 24 years, but this was the anniversary of his own garden show. It was a fabulous occasion and we even baked him a cake… well, that’s the royal “we” of course! I think he was very pleased with it and we even got one of his famous ‘root roars’.

I’ll be back in touch next week, so in the meantime, stay well constructed and cultivated!


1 Comment

  1. susan May 2, 2018 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    I got my plant supporters last year Dale…they are brilliant for my peonies…..
    keep up the good work
    best regards

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