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You may remember that last year I wrote all about the Windlesham Trophy which is awarded by the Ministry of Justice and the Royal Horticultural Society for prison gardens and gardening - if you don’t remember, please click here!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

This week I attended the IOG Saltex show at Windsor Racecourse, a show which mainly features big tools and equipment for groundskeepers, professional landscapers, arborists, council workers and various other contractors. The show doesn’t feature many of the smaller garden tools that a keen amateur might use, but is interesting nevertheless.

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Friday, September 07, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Every now and then, even the Fat Gardener is shocked by the design of a new garden tool. Such was the case when I received a set of the Special Edition Union Flag Bulldog Spade & Fork Set supplied exclusively by Quality Garden Tools.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

It is just over a year since Quality Garden Tools became distributors of TINA German made horticultural knives. As many followers of this blog will know, I own and use these knives regularly and would recommend TINA knives as essential garden tools for any serious gardener.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Secateurs and loppers tend to have two distinct blade types: the traditional anvil design where a top blade closes onto a flat surface and bypass blades where, like scissors, an upper and lower blade pass each other making the cut.

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Friday, July 06, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Over the last few weeks Quality Garden Tools have had a number of requests on this blog (and also on their Facebook page) for me to show my own garden. I fully understand that when you spend your life writing about garden tools, gardening and any other topics of a horticultural nature, readers will naturally be curious about your own efforts ‘au jardin’.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

As we all get a little older, our bodies start to complain about all the work we give them. Gardeners know this only too well, with sore hands and shoulders, bad backs and broken fingernails just some of the ailments we try to ignore as we tend to our plots. Over the years I have written this blog, I have been lucky enough to avoid any serious injury that could keep me out of the garden for long. However, a friend of mine recently severed the ring finger on his right hand which not only required surgery, but also needed ‘restrengthening’ after it had healed. He was unable to use normal secateurs and found the excellent Bulldog Ratchet Secateurs slightly too heavy for his weakened hand.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show has seen the first signs of Summer emerging in the south east of England. With temperatures nudging 28°C (82°F) today it will certainly be a day for drinking lots of water, for humans and plants alike.

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Friday, May 25, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Over the years I have tried to convince the followers of this blog (and anyone else who will listen) to buy good quality garden tools, but even I was surprised when I started to look into how they can improve your health!

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Saturday, May 05, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

When journalists and garden writers test garden tools or write about them they very often concentrate on the usual suspects; secateurs, loppers, gardening gloves, spades, forks and power tools like lawnmowers understandably tend to lead these reports. Of course these garden tools are very important to all serious gardeners, but there is one tool that is extremely useful, yet very rarely gets written about by any garden magazines or newspapers.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Hedges make us feel safe, define our boundaries and allow us privacy in even the most overcrowded conurbations.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

When I first developed an interest in gardening I loved to write plant labels on old ice lolly sticks and used to mark various plants (incorrectly) in my mother’s garden. I soon discovered there were a couple of problems with my labelling strategy; marker pen ink fades, lolly sticks rot and (at only seven years old) I labelled every single plant ‘carrots’!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Allotments aren’t really about growing vegetables and fruit at all. Unless you live in a flat, it would be far wiser to squeeze a few beans and tomatoes into your garden and leave it at that. When carrots and onions in supermarkets are so ridiculously cheap, why bother with the commitment of an allotment, which I reckon guzzles up 5-10 hours per week? In a time-poor world, the allotment was beginning to make less and less sense to me.

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Monday, March 05, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

I speak to many gardeners each week and get lots of questions (understandably) about garden tools. I am always being asked questions like ‘who makes the best secateurs?’, ‘where can my mum find a lightweight spade?’ and ‘should I buy an electric or petrol chainsaw?’

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

Twenty years ago I bought a Bulldog steel spade, partly because it came with a 15 year guarantee and it’s still going strong despite being left outside in the rain rather a lot. It’s a bad habit I know and I do always feel guilty though, I’ve recently been reassured by the news that the odd soaking helps keep the handle tight in its metal shaft – which just goes to show what a waste of time feeling guilty is.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

If you want to read about garden tools, garden equipment, garden tips and garden news, you can find it all at the Quality Garden Tools facebook page which is at: www.facebook.com/qualitygardentools.

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Monday, January 23, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

The New Year has started and unfortunately my first blog of 2012 is about price increases!

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Friday, January 06, 2012 By Dominic Elsom News

The Fat Gardener and all the team at www.qualitygardentools.com would like to wish all customers, suppliers, website visitors and facebook followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Friday, December 23, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

Reading the Fat Gardener’s blog has always been its own reward, but for the hard working garden tool manufacturers of the world something more tangible is required. This year I have tested even more tools and equipment than last year and continue to be impressed with how the best manufacturers continue to strive to improve their products for UK gardeners.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

One question I get asked every week at this time of year is “My mum/brother/friend/auntie/godson (delete as appropriate) is a keen/professional/enthusiastic/useless (delete as appropriate) gardener, what should I get them for Christmas?”

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Monday, November 28, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News


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