I love our planet, I love plants and nature.  I want to protect our environment.  I want to live more sustainably.  Sustainability is not a new desire for me, it is something that I have always aspired to.  Firstly though I must tell you that I am far from perfect, I make mistakes and I am always learning.  I want to improve, I want to make changes to live more sustainably and to live ethically. 

I so enjoy using my Felco model No. 12 Compact Deluxe secateurs.  Felco is a premium brand of secateurs, I aspired to own a pair of Felco secateurs, for many, many years before I finally got my own pair of secateurs.

My hands are very small, I require a small size of gloves, and even these small sized gloves can at times be a little too large.  

Gifts for Gardeners

Giving a gift is such a special thing to do, if you’re buying a present that you’ve seen online or in the shops, it’s not easy to tell how useful, wonderful or lasting the gift will be in reality, when you haven’t tried it yourself.  With this in mind, I have sought out some super gift ideas, which I have reviewed and tested, so that you can hopefully find the perfect presents for your friends and family this Christmas.

 I am often asked for my feedback about garden tools, lately I have received many enquiries from readers looking to purchase a tool or tools to make weeding easier, in particular from gardeners looking to remove tough weeds, weeds growing in hard to reach areas and weeds growing in gravel driveways; having researched the award winning Burgon & Ball Weed Slice and the Burgon & Ball Short Handled Weed Slice I decided to give these new tools from Burgon & Ball a try.

I co-wrote this article for the May 2014 edition of Vantage Point Magazine with Anna Maynard from the Godalming Chiropractic Health Centre.

Gardening: How to Have Fun and Prevent Injuries!

Anna Maynard from the Chiropractic Health Centre and Beth Otway from Godalming in Bloom have joined forces to help you enjoy gardening safely and avoid injury while working outdoors.

Gardening is a fascinating hobby; as well as stimulating your mind and senses it is wonderful exercise for your body.

terrarium

A terrarium or bottle garden can be a beautiful feature in your home.  Terrariums can look spectacular when planted with your favourite plants that are suited to growing in a humid environment, and often need no adornment, but you may wish to enhance your planting using a piece of wood or bark, some decorative stones or crystals, or even a specially chosen ornament.

It’s not always easy to navigate inside a terrarium or bottle garden, but having the right tools makes things much more straightforward, and fun rather than frustrating.

The plants inside my BiOrbAir have so far received very little attention since I planted them.  Any work I have undertaken has been documented in my long term review of my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Removal of terrarium pests

Recently I have been having problems with a family of woodlice, who were unintentionally installed inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, when I placed a piece of real wood inside my BiOrbAir, as a decorative feature, when I initially planted up the terrarium.