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Not since Douglas Fairbanks hosted the first Academy Awards in 1929 has such exulted company congregated to celebrate their industry. Those attending that first Oscars ceremony would have fainted (or swooned dramatically) at the price of tickets for the Garden Media Guild 2010 awards, having paid a very reasonable $5 themselves.

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Friday, December 03, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

One of the product ranges Quality Garden Tools have supported since establishing the company in 2005 is Haemmerlin wheelbarrows. Haemmerlin make really tough barrows that (like Land Rovers) get bashed and dented, but still keep going.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Growing your own vegetables and fruit has taken the horticultural industry by storm over the last few years. There are books, TV series, newspaper articles and even whole magazines devoted to the subject, with many garden tools and accessories companies manufacturing new products to make ‘growing your own’ easier. Quality Garden Tools (and the QGT blog) receive lots of enquiries from new gardeners every month, mostly asking about various gardening problems they are encountering on allotments or in their own gardens. Although we always try to help we are often so busy that we can often offer only the most general advice and encouragement.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

I am in need of a ‘Fat Gardener’ sized hot bath! Over the last couple of weeks I have planted more bulbs than I would care to count and am very, very sore!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Many of our first experiences as gardeners were growing in containers. Maybe you planted a sunflower seed or two in a plastic plant pot at nursery or grew a broad bean in a see-through pot so you could see top growth and root growth simultaneously. Although container gardening is not without its problems, it can be very rewarding and add a dynamic to your plot no matter how big or small.

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Friday, October 15, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

For the last few weeks I have been spending much of my time in the car. No, I haven’t been forced by the economic downturn to become a minicab driver, rather as September is the most popular month for trade shows I have been driving up and down the motorways in search of new and exciting garden products.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Regular readers of this blog will be all too aware of my admiration for Silky Saws. They are quite simply the best pruning saws on the market and are essential garden tools for any serious gardener.

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Friday, October 01, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

For those of you who keenly follow ‘Christine’s Corner’ on www.qualitygardentools.com you will know all about Christine Walkden’s horticultural expertise.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

My August bank holiday weekend is usually spent sheltering from driving winds on a Cornish beach, enjoying mud baths at one of the now numerous (and ridiculously expensive) music festivals, or even enjoying the steel drums with fellow Rastafarians (if only I could grow that much hair!) in Notting Hill. This year however was different, on the Sunday of that weekend I decided to venture into darkest London SW18.

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Friday, September 10, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

I often get enquiries from smaller adult gardeners who have real problems finding garden tools that suit their proportions. This type of problem is one which I really enjoy helping to solve and there is much more on the market than many people realise.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Before writing the rest of this post I have to admit I am using this blog (again) to confess to another guilty secret. It’s a secret I share with a number of men (and some women) who spend more time than they should working in their gardens - and it’s addictive. The sad obsession to which I refer is a love of garden machinery. Ever since I was a small (well, young) boy, the vibration in the handle of a lawnmower, the throbbing power of a chainsaw or the destructive effects of a brushcutter have given me a giddy sense of indestructibility.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

It is very rarely that I am truly surprised by new garden tools. Manufacturers seem to spend most of their time making handles longer, tools lighter or stronger and adding the now obligatory ‘soft feel’ handles to their products. This week however, I was surprised not only by the quality of the new garden tools I was testing, but also by the fact there was nothing new or innovative about them!

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

This week has seen an interesting addition to the Quality Garden Tools business plan. For four years Quality Garden Tools have retailed their garden tools through their own websites: www.alantitchmarshgardentools.com, www.theenglishgarden.co.uk (Tool Shop), www.ethelgloves.co.uk and www.qualitygardentools.com (our main site). However, for the first time they have now started selling garden tools and accessories through the Amazon and Ebay websites.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

One of the most discussed issues at the Hampton Court Flower Show over the last couple of years has been the inclusion of Conceptual Gardens alongside the more traditional show gardens. As the show drew to a close last weekend I thought it the perfect time to assess whether these gardens have any place at flower shows or would be more at home at the Tate Modern?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Earlier this year I wrote about Bulldog Tools being awarded a Guinness World Record™ for the world’s biggest spade.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Many readers of this blog email to tell me that their old fashioned garden tools are much better than the ones available in garden centres today. Often the correspondent has inherited the garden spade, fork or hoe from a grandparent or even great grandparent!

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Friday, July 02, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

I am a self-confessed pteridophile and I don’t care who knows it. Before you rush to your telephones to report my use of this blog to discuss my unhealthy interests, it is worth knowing that a pteridophile is in fact an enthusiastic collector of ferns and related plants.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Over the last couple of months I feel as if half my life has been spent digging lots of little holes in my borders for all the plants that I’ve ordered, grown, been given and split. This hard work has resulted in a sore palm, wrist and elbow, mainly from striking roots, stones and even some rocks with my garden trowel.

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Sunday, June 06, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Sadly, this will be my last Chelsea Flower Show post for 2010. After five fantastic (but tiring) days the show draws to a close with the traditional, frantic Saturday afternoon sell-off.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News


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