Made hay while the sun was shining!


Well got the grass cut at least…..

The last week in March was absolutely lovely, beautiful weather every day and sunshine to warm your heart. There was so much going on; Mother’s Day, clocks changing, busy work schedules and lots of activity in the garden.

With all the dry conditions I felt very pleased with myself that I got my lawn scarified. I have a little electric scarifier and although it doesn’t go as deep as I might I have needed, it got up a huge amount of thatch and moss that I had killed the weeks before. Unfortunately I have a rather sad looking lawn in patches and had to do some re-seeding but Richard Jackson’s triple use grass seed will have it looking great in no time. I’ll report back on the results later.

The bare patches were largely due to where the kids trampoline sits. I try to move it around but over the winter it gets forgotten about and the results are pretty severe (note to self… get better at moving it about).

My son was seventeen at the beginning of April and we thought that there was no point having a big trampoline anymore (and we had had it for over 13 years so it was ready for the dump) but both kids we so distraught at not having the tramp, I decided to renovate it. New jumping mat, new springs, new net and pad (I thought that was more environmentally friendly than recycling the metal and buying a new one). The results turned out pretty well and it looks like the tramp goes on for a few more years yet!

Busy weekend at the Q with a great Today’s Special Value offer from Mont Rose. The studio smelt gorgeous with hundreds of our special lilies. It was Mother’s Day, the clocks had changed and it was Lucy Piper’s birthday, so we did what we could to ‘lift’ her spirits!

I got finished early so I shot home and the kids took their mum out for a meal that evening and I was asked too!

You know I am a fan of Richard Jackson’s Weedkiller as it 100% glyphosate free. Glyphosate (or roundup as most people know it) is very effective but does have some chemicals in it that many people are seriously concerned about and I choose not to use it anymore.

RJ’s Weedkiller is based on an extract of geraniums and nearly 100% organic. I was sceptical that it would work in the beginning and very dubious that it would work as quickly as RJ said (a few hours in hot sunny conditions and within 24 hours on cooler days), which is why I decided to film some time lapse video to see what happened. I am not an experienced videographer so I had many attempts and got it wrong (the weedkiller worked but the films were rubbish). I gave a few reasonable videos to Richard and QVC and they use them on air to show the results, but I found a couple of rejects that still show the amazing rapidity of the weedkiller knockdown and I don’t thing anyone has seen them before.

There is a special offer on Saturday April 13th with a Weedkiller TSV and I was trying out the new sprayer that the offer comes with. It certainly makes light work of the weed killing and allows me to keep my pressure sprayer weedkiller free so there is no cross contamination. Join Richard and the gang on Saturday to find out more. I can thoroughly recommend it and it’s all I use to keep the weeds free around my organic hens electric fence.

Because I was working over the Mother’s Day weekend I caught up with clock changing on the Monday 1st April. I felt a bit of a fool when I woke up on Monday morning and there was frost outside and the house was freezing, but it was just that clock on the heating timer hadn’t been changed. How many clocks do we need? Alarm clocks, heating clocks, cooker clocks, car clocks and many more.

Thank heavens many of them change automatically otherwise it would have taken me all day.

I have Mondays off, so 1st April was spent paying for school lunches, booking school clubs and swimming etc for summer term, shopping for food and cooking dinners, walking dogs, changing clocks, paying the bills and doing housework. I was looking forward to going back to work! At home or at QVC…. there is always loads in store!

Simon x



  1. Sarah April 9, 2019 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon/QVC gardening team! I’d be really grateful if you could ask whether the weed killer TSV will be safe to use with pets (I’d keep mine in, but don’t want to harm anyone else’s!) and will work on my gravel-laid garden (alas, my hope of maintenance free didn’t quite pay off as I still have to weed it, lol!). Many thanks! X
    PS: Asking on here as I don’t ‘do’ social media and you don’t seem to be able to ‘call the studio’ anymore?!?

  2. Simon Biagi April 23, 2019 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sarah

    Yes the weedkiller is safe with pets( I use it round my chickens electric fence) but just keep the pets clear of it until it’s dry ( which is only an hour or so). Hope that helps

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