<![CDATA[Quality Garden Tools Blog]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:40:32 GMT Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:40:32 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Greenwood's Gifts]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/greenwoods-gifts http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/greenwoods-gifts Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT If you’re looking for a great gardening gift for the keen vegetable grower in your life, then you could do a lot worse than send them one of Pippa Greenwood’s new ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gifts comprising a GYO gift voucher card, a signed book and some of her vegetable seeds.

The gifts are exclusive to Pippa’s website and are only available here. On the site you will also find lots more information about Pippa and her GYO products.

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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day for Gardeners]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/valentines-day-for-gardeners http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/valentines-day-for-gardeners Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Valentine’s Day is just 3 days away, which is just enough time to order a fantastically ‘growmantic’ (sorry!) garden tool for your loved one at: www.qualitygardentools.com

We have lots of great gift ideas here, but with Spring just around the corner (fingers crossed!) a new spade, fork or hoe would be a useful present for any serious gardener.

Whatever you decide to buy your loved one on Friday, we hope you have a lovely Valentines Day with plenty of romance!

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<![CDATA[Brand New Gloves]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/brand-new-gloves http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/brand-new-gloves Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT For a number of years Quality Garden Tools were distributors of Ethel Gloves in the UK. Their gloves designed exclusively for women, offer protection, an excellent fit and a choice of innovative and attractive fabrics.

Now the manufacturers of Ethel Gloves have launched a new range of gardening gloves for women. Mechanix Ladies Gloves promise to be ‘super tough’ and include reinforced fingertips, double stitching and padded palms to resist impact injuries and blisters from long periods of digging.

And as with the Ethel range, these new Mechanix Gloves look great and are available in small, medium and large sizes to suit every hand.

The gloves are due to be launched in March 2014, but if in the meantime you need a new pair of gardening gloves, please visit: www.qualitygardentools.com/gardening-accessories/gardening-gloves/viewcategory for our current stock.

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<![CDATA[Plant Theft]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/plant-theft http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/plant-theft Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT The theft of plants is a gardening topic which is seldom discussed - even though it seems to be on the increase in the UK. In previous generations plants were freely harvested from fields and woodlands, often seriously jeopardising our native stock. However, it appears that modern horticultural thieves are targeting plants in gardens as well as in nurseries and from important collections.

Recent news of the theft from Kew gardens of a tiny and very rare Rwandan water lily Nymphaea Thermarum from a conservatory has brought worldwide coverage for this issue. Although Richmond CID are working on this case and we hope they will find this important plant, it is not just rare plants that are stolen to order by collectors. A casual glance at any local newspaper will reveal that potted and newly planted box, bamboo and bay trees as well as bonsai are often stolen from outside homes and businesses.

So if you have valuable plants outside your house or premises, why not take a few precautions? Anchoring or bolting pots to the ground will often prevent opportunistic theives as will using wire to secure new plants in place. If you need some other ideas about how to protect your plants, pots and other garden items from theft visit here.

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<![CDATA[New Pruning Saw]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/new-pruning-saw http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/new-pruning-saw Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Quality Garden Tools have just taken delivery of a brand new folding pruning saw from our friends at Silky Saws.

The Silky Ultra Accel folding pruning saw has a 240mm curved blade which means that the teeth stay in contact with the branch for longer, reducing cutting time. The large teeth (7.5 teeth per 30mm) are very sharp and are perfect for pruning trees, shrubs and hedges.

A lightweight aluminum chassis makes the saw easier to use over longer periods and the rubberized handle is comfortable and easy to hold. The Ultra Accel is suitable for both professional and keen amateur users.

So if you’ve been let down by inferior saws or just want to upgrade your current Silky Saw, why not invest in a great new pruning saw for 2014. You can see full details here.

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<![CDATA[Happy New Year 2014!]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/happy-new-year-2014 http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/happy-new-year-2014 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT We hope that whatever plans and projects you have for your garden during the coming year, they are all successful and that the weather will be favourable - although this may be asking too much for those of you living here in the UK!

And please remember, if you need any garden tools or gardening equipment in 2014 then you can visit: www.qualitygardentools.com or call us on: 0800 783 2202 - we’re always happy to help.

Have a great year!

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<![CDATA[Garden Tool Awards 2013]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/garden-tool-awards-2013 http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/garden-tool-awards-2013 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Another year has passed and the most prestigious awards in the garden industry are about to be announced – cue drum roll! Once again, this year’s Quality Garden Tools ‘Garden Tool Award’ winners come from a variety of suppliers who have strived to make the best tools they can.

All of our winning tools are assessed over a period of months and worked extremely hard to ensure that their build quality is fully tested. For the first time this year we took into account how many of each tool were returned to us faulty (if any) and this means that the tools that have won this year are less likely to cause customers a problem than ever before.

This year’s Garden Tool Awards winners are:

• The best ‘new’ garden tool award goes to ARS for their KR1000 Lightweight Hedge shears – longer than the originals, the new shears are lightweight with ergonomically shaped handles and chrome plated blades. These shears are very good for topiary and yew and box hedging.
• The ‘value for money’ tool award is awarded to Felco for their Model 310 Pruning Shears – a very useful tool for any gardener. Great for cut flowers, grapes, vegetables and herbs yet priced at an economical £13.50 (excl. p&p) – every gardener should have a pair.
• The pruning tool award goes to the Original-LÖWE ‘Best of both Worlds’ 22.100 Loppers – a longer reach than any other lopper with 100cm handles. They are profiled like bypass loppers but have strong anvil blades and are much more rigid than standard loppers with extending handles.
• The best digging tool award is won once again by UK garden tool manufacturers, Bulldog Tools for their Garden Spade with 32" handle – a tough solid forged digging spade with an extra long Ash ‘YD’ handle which is 4" longer than a standard spade and reduces back strain.
• The best cultivating tool award is awarded to Spear & Jackson for their Traditional 3 Prong Cultivator – a really useful tool for borders and vegetable patches. The long 12" hardwood handle gives extra reach while the polished stainless steel prongs reduce soil adhesion.
• The best children’s garden tool award is won by Bulldog Tools for their Stainless Steel Children’s Garden Tools Set – a great value set including spade, fork, hoe and rake with a free brush that will allow children to work in the garden properly, just like mum and dad!
• The most innovative tool award is awarded to Keira for their range of new stackable watering cans – with a design that reduces transport costs significantly and manufactured from recycled and recyclable polypropylene. Available in four bright colours and in 2, 5 and 10 litre sizes.
• The best garden accessory award goes to D.M.T. for their Double Sided Diafold sharpening stone – perfect for sharpening knives, secateurs, pruners, loppers and shears. The folding sharpener is coarse on one side to remove burrs and fine on the other for a sharper edge.

Finally, the main awards of the year:

• Best garden tool for 2013 is awarded to Silky Saws for their amazing Hayauchi 6300mm Pole Saw which has a very sharp 390mm blade and 3 extensions allowing it to reach up to 6.3 metres. The aluminium alloy poles are lighter than steel and the saw can also be fitted with a lopper attachment.
• Best garden tool manufacturer for 2013 is awarded to Japanese pruning tool manufacturer, Okatsune who make secateurs, pruners and hedge shears of incredible quality and offer great customer service and stock availability.

We are consistently impressed by how our suppliers continue to work to improve the quality and durability of their tools. All the winning tools (and lots more) can be viewed and purchased online at: www.qualitygardentools.com

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<![CDATA[In the Press]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-at-christmas http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-at-christmas Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT This Christmas is proving to be a popular one for Quality Garden Tools products.

The December edition of Gardeners’ World magazine featured our stunning Keira Watering Cans in their Christmas gift guide. The article entitled ’25 presents we love’, listed the cans at No.16 and described them as follows: ‘This vibrant, plastic watering can has a low carbon footprint thanks to its unique stackable design, which reduces wasted space in transit.’

Once again we were very pleased to get a mention in the national garden media and hope that the feature will ensure that lots of gardeners receive Keira cans in their stockings this Christmas!

To see the complete range of Keira Watering Cans click here.

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<![CDATA[In the Press]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-wildlife-magazine http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-wildlife-magazine Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT This month’s BBC Wildlife magazine featured our lovely Ethel Rendezvous Gloves in their Christmas Gift Guide.

The magazine really liked the fact that the gloves are 100% vegan (no animal products used in manufacture or packaging) and recommended them for foraging jobs. They added that: ‘The snug fit allows for plenty of dexterity while exploring for edible plants.’

Ethel Rendezvous Gloves are designed to suit ladies hands, are machine washable and have hardwearing synthetic suede palms with reinforced fingertips. So if you’re planning to do a little foraging, weeding, planting or DIY over the holidays, then these are the gloves for you!

You will find the gloves here.

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<![CDATA[Keira at RHS Wisley]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/keira-at-rhs-wisley http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/keira-at-rhs-wisley Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT As followers of this blog will know, Keira watering cans are the latest range of great gardening tools and equipment available at www.qualitygardentools.com

The watering cans have an innovative easy-to-pour design, are stackable to reduce their transport carbon footprint and are made from recycled and recyclable polypropylene. They come in four cool colours and in 2, 5 and 10 litre sizes.

We can now confirm that we are also supplying the RHS Plant Centre at Wisley with Keira cans, so if you’re in the area why not visit the lovely Wisley gardens and buy a watering can at the same time!

These cans are not only beautiful (as you can see from the picture), but also very useful both inside for houseplants and out in the garden.

You can see the full range here.

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<![CDATA[In the Press]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-guardian-weekend http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-guardian-weekend Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT This Saturday’s Guardian Weekend magazine featured a Christmas 2014 ’Gift Guide’ which included our amazing Ethel Bamboo Gloves.

Alys Fowler from BBC2’s Gardeners’ World and The Guardian’s garden writer chose the gloves as her Christmas pick and added ‘I used to hate gloves, until I found these. They’re the best: machine-washable and very durable.’

And although everyone here at Quality Garden Tools already knew that they’re the best, it was still very nice of Alys to say it!

You can see our range of Ethel Gloves here.

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<![CDATA[Chilly for Charity!]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/chilly-for-charity http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/chilly-for-charity Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT With Winter evenings drawing in you may wonder why anyone would want to visit their allotment naked, but that’s just what a group of young farmers have done to raise money for a very worthy cause!

Members of the Bedfordshire Young Farmers club have been stripping of to perform a number of ‘country tasks’ (including picking veg) for their 2014 Calendar to raise money for the mental health charity MIND.

So although Quality Garden Tools would not recommend that you do your gardening nude (especially at this time of year!), we would urge you to visit the Bedfordshire Young Farmers website at: www.bedsyfccalendar.com/ and support their efforts.

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<![CDATA[Stay Warm in the Garden]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/stay-warm-in-the-garden http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/stay-warm-in-the-garden Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT As temperatures here in the UK fall to freezing point, it is really important that we all stay warm while we work in our gardens.

Briers Thermal Hide Gloves are great for general garden tasks at this time of year and because they are lined with 3M Thinsulate™ insulation, they will keep your hands warm even when temperatures drop. The gloves are made of soft leather and have handy adjustable Velcro wrist fastenings to keep the heat inside and because the gloves are quite roomy if you have smaller hands you may even be able to use an ‘inner glove’ when it gets really cold.

Quality Garden Tools stock the Thermal Hide Gloves in a size Large for men and size Medium for ladies. You can see size Large here and Medium here.

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<![CDATA[As Seen on TV!]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/as-seen-on-tv http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/as-seen-on-tv Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Gardener’s World has long been established as the BBC2 TV show of choice for gardeners from the UK. And so it was with great pride that we noticed Monty Don using our amazing Okatsune Japanese secateurs in a feature on taking hardwood rose cuttings, filmed at Monty’s garden in Herefordshire.

Okatsune are fast developing a reputation for great bypass secateurs and hedge shears equipped with very sharp, hard blades. This comes from the exacting tempering process they use in manufacture, with blades heated to over 800°C in two stages and then cooled down in five phases following a strict time schedule.

We’re not quite sure why Okatsune fit all their tools with one red and one white handle, but it should ensure that Monty never loses his secateurs!

You can see the Quality Garden Tools range of Okatsune pruning tools here.

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<![CDATA[Great Rakes]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/great-rakes http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/great-rakes Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT This week has seen Autumn arrive in he UK with high winds and storms lashing our homes and gardens. For many of us this means that we now have a carpet of fallen leaves littering our gardens.

If you rake your leaves yourself then if is worth investing in a good leaf rake that is not only light in weight for use over prolonged periods, but is also fitted with plastic or rubber tines that will not damage your beds, borders, lawn, patio or driveway like a metal rake will.

Here at Quality Garden Tools we can supply traditional plastic fan style leaf rakes like Bulldog’s Evergreen Plastic Leaf Rake which is light and maneuverable and we also stock popular Wizard and Merlin rubber tined rakes which ‘sweep’ leaves up quickly and easily and never damage the surface below.

If you need a rake or any other garden tools, we are always happy to help.

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<![CDATA[Great Gifts for Gardeners]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/great-gifts-for-gardeners http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/great-gifts-for-gardeners Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Christmas is exactly two months away today and at Quality Garden Tools everyone has been working hard to develop some really useful gifts for serious (and not so serious) gardeners.

Our gardening gifts include pruning sets, Union Jack spade and fork set, stocking fillers for kids, pink gardening kit and some crazy ‘dotty’ gardening gloves! And because the Quality Garden Tools team spend their lives thinking about garden tools, you can be sure that all the sets featured contain good quality, branded tools that will be suitable for any gardener.

So, if you need to find a great gardening gift for the Monty Don or Rachel de Thame in your life, why not visit our Christmas Gifts page?

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<![CDATA[Anniversary A-maze-ment!]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/anniversary-a-maze-ment http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/anniversary-a-maze-ment Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Farmer from Mantua in Ohio has used a 17 acre cornfield to surprise his wife on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary with a huge corn maze based on their wedding photo.

Phillip Derthick who is 72 years old not only included a likeness of the the couple’s faces in the maze design, but also managed to feature the church they got married in and his favourite tractor.

Although the longest route through the maze measures 4.4 miles, it only took Mr Derthick and his children one day to construct - a-maze-ing!

If you want to create a maze in your own garden, then Quality Garden Tools have a great range of hedge shears here to suit any size of maze (well almost any size).

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<![CDATA[Great for Pruning]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/great-for-pruning http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/great-for-pruning Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT The season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ is here and many of us have lots of pruning tasks to get done around the garden.

So whether you’re shaping an ornamental or fruit tree, renovating a hedge for the Winter or just thinning an overgrown shrub, then Silky’s range of Japanese saws will have the right saw for you! They have fixed blade saws for general pruning, folding saws for pocket portability and long extendable pole saws to make reaching high branches easy.

Silky Saws feature blades with very sharp teeth that cut on the pull stroke and slice through timber quicker than standard garden saws.

You can see the whole Silky Saw range here, but please remember to be careful of your fingers, these pruning saws bite!

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<![CDATA[Hard Graft]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/hard-graft http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/hard-graft Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Last week it was announced in the press that nursery staff had successfully created the ‘TomTato’ - yielding both tomatoes and a potato crop from the same plant.

This week the Quality Garden Tools team were amazed to see that another incredible ‘Fankenplant’ has been created by Sussex horticulturist Paul Barnett who has grafted 250 varieties of apple all to the same tree!

The (confused) tree, which is situated in Mr Barnett’s back garden in Chichester, West Sussex features varieties like Golden Delicious, Wadhurst Pippin, Ross Nonpareil and Brownlees Russet to name just a few.

Mr Barnett achieved this great feat by using both grafting and budding techniques to add new varieties to his exsisting apple tree every Summer and Winter.

If you’re feeling ‘green fingered’ and would like to try either budding or grafting, you can find all the horticultural knives you’ll need here.

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<![CDATA[In the Press]]> http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-english-garden http://www.qualitygardentools.com/blog/post/in-the-press-english-garden Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT This month’s (October 2013) edition of The English Garden magazine featured a product ‘tried and tested’ for bulb planters which included the long handled Bulldog Bulb Planter.

The editor of the magazine, Tamsin Westhorpe commented that the Bulldog bulb planter would last a lifetime and added ‘there are no weak points, which is a benefit’, finally she mentioned that it was her husband’s favourite!

If you are planning to plant out lots of Spring bulbs this Autumn and want a really tough tool for the job, you can see details of the Bulldog Bulb Planter here.

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