In addition to sailing the seven seas in mountainous waves, as detailed in my blog earlier this week – I managed to squeeze in a little gardening time at chez Franklin and this got me thinking about some of the great gardening items that I was using that I had either bought or sampled from The Q.
Obviously the plants and flowers themselves are amazing but having a quick look around my old shed, I pulled out some of the products that I regularly use and photographed them on an arbour seat for you.
I have just just taken delivery of a shiny new Golden Gark. I have owned one since I first met Jan it’s Dutch inventor, back in our old Battersea studios. Now of course, some readers may not have a great deal of use for a rake but if you, do as I certainly do then this is the finest design I have ever used . Why? Well firstly to call it simply a rake is an injustice because it is multi-functional – being light, having tremendous reach and balance and it’s resilient head being beautifully designed so it doesn’t rip up your lawn but neatly scoops up leaves, pine cones and needles. It’s also a brilliant poop scoop and fungus lifter! Seriously it’s superb and I cannot recommend it highly enough! By the way the old one is still in use, but when Tracey and I are tidying up together it’s usually a case of handing the Gark back and forth, so a second was an obvious solution.
I consider myself lucky to count Richard Jackson as a good friend and have enjoyed working with him at The Q for over 18 years. I was one of the first to try out his original version Flower Power when he first introduced it to QVC and I have never had to use any other brand plant food again. Richard has improved the formula over the years and the results speak for themselves – if you looked inside my shed you’d also see an old tub of Root Booster too. Since those early days Richard has now expanded his range to answer many gardening problems such a richer, greener lawn with his Lawn Magic, which brings the secrets of the professional green keepers to our home gardens. We have a big problem with slugs and snails, particularly slugs and I really don’t like them crawling over dog bowls toys etc, needless to say the cause quite a bit of damage to succulent plants and flowers and not just my Hostas! I found Richard’s Slug and Snail Contr0l to work a treat and safe to use around my dogs, following the simple instructions.
This was brought to my attention by the Dad of one of my son’s old school pals and I happily passed the suppliers details onto our buyers. I was amazed when I finally got to use it by just how effective it was at getting rid of the green algae etc around the garden. As you’ll see from the photo, I don’t want to completely remove it from my garden as I believe on some things it adds a little “lived in” garden charm like the patina on a much loved antique, but I’ve used it very successfully around the lower brickwork of the house and paths, saving me a lot of jet washing, particularly on the North facing walls.
Last Summer, Tracey ordered these watching a Richard J hour and she absolutely loves them saying they’re “the best my little hands have ever used”. The handle rotates in your grip and uses a clever ratchet system to munch it’s way through quite tough branches. She ordered the set really just for the secateurs but the weeder/mini hoe has been put to good use many times including ploughing out a channel to set log roll in and it is obviously brilliantly designed for weeding out deep roots etc.
I’ve only had this a couple of weeks and it’s already been put to good use brushing wet leaves and pine needles off an area of stone chips (without lifting all the stones!). Again it’s light and really effective and reading the reviews on our website a couple of viewers were delighted to see it here in the UK having previously used them in the US.
So there you are! Just some of the items tucked away in my shed, unless I’m using them of course!
Until next time …