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Welcome to the Spear & Jackson "This Month In The Garden" Video Blog

Over the coming months, join me as I show you how to do jobs in the garden on a month by month basis.  As a horticulturalist and garden designer, I'll be guiding you through the seasons ahead, sharing tips, successes and failures and exploring some of the new and inventive products on the market.

Join me to see what jobs I recommend you should be doing in the garden each month with this 'How To' guide

Lee Bestall
Inspired Garden Design

Cultivating tools Blog

  • Bulb Planter
    October 14, 2011 Posted by Spear and Jackson in Cultivating Tools
    http://spear-and-jackson.com/how-plant-bulbs

    Choosing and planting bulbs which will flower next spring and summer seems like ages away, and we haven't  even put the garden to sleep.  But planted now, you'll ensure you get some great colour in the garden, at a time when you'll really appreciate it.

  • Bulb Planter
    June 14, 2011 Posted by Spear and Jackson in Cultivating Tools
    http://spear-and-jackson.com/how-bulb-planters

    The bulb planter is one of those tools that many of us have, but only use twice per year.  Mainly in September/ October when planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and alliums, or in may when planting summer bulbs such as gladioli.  But have you ever used your bulb planter for planting bedding plants or small plants grown in 3 inch pots?

  • Traditional Long Handled Weedfork
    June 6, 2011 Posted by Spear and Jackson in Cultivating Tools
    http://spear-and-jackson.com/spear-jackson-how-weeding-and-weeding-tools

    I’d never used a long handled hand fork before, and thought them a little odd.  But it wasn’t until I actually tried this tool that I discovered how much I like it.  It’s easier to reach further into the border, and as it has a long handle, you can get a better leverage, making forking over the area easier.  I was able to get in-between other plants easily and weed out the nettles which seem to have arrived with the horse manure!

  • Lee using the Liteweight Dutch Hoe
    May 6, 2011 Posted by Spear and Jackson in Cultivating Tools
    http://spear-and-jackson.com/tool-week-lightweight-dutch-hoe
  • Lee using the Liteweight Soil Rake
    April 11, 2011 Posted by Spear and Jackson in Cultivating Tools
    http://spear-and-jackson.com/tool-week-lightweight-soil-rake

    This week I’m putting the new Litework soil rake to good use, by using it to level out the freshly dug borders.  Many people use the soil rake for moving soil around the bed, but actually a rake is a levelling tool, and should be used to create an even surface normally for seed sowing, be that grass, flower or vegetable.

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