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With Great Britain ‘enjoying’ one of the coldest Winters on record, I thought it might be the perfect time to list a few books for gardeners to curl up by the fire and read.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

Its days like this when you start to wonder whether the whole ‘global warming’ community have been playing a huge practical joke on us all. If you look at my garden this morning you may have just cause in worrying more about the coming of the next ice age rather than the popular theory that southern England will soon be enjoying the climate of the Mediterranean!

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 By Dominic Elsom News

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

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Thursday, December 24, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

When one is invited to visit an English Garden, one is entitled to assume there will be flower borders, shrubs, a pond and maybe a few fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Last week I visited the offices of The English Garden magazine, a different type of English Garden admittedly, but no less interesting in its own way!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

With the gardening industry handing out gongs for almost anything at this time of year, I thought I would add my own garden tools ‘oscars’ to this already cluttered marketplace. The criteria, voting procedures and rules for the awards are very simple: I choose whatever I like! So, without further ado…

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Friday, December 11, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

For many years Wilkinson Sword products have graced the shelves and display stands of our local garden centres and have become known for straddling both the keen gardener and the professional retail sectors. Their garden tools are not cheap, but do offer good value for money when you take into account the amount of innovation and design that goes into their products.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

One of the most important results of the ‘Grow Your Own’ revolution has been the ‘growing’ interest in gardening for children. Many kids now know the difference between carrots and cabbages – a major step forward!

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Friday, November 27, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

When I first started writing The Fat Gardener blog during the pre-credit crunch era of March 2008, one of the Quality Garden Tools products that most surprised me was the Silky Saw. For many years I had used one of the original orange Sandvik (now rebranded Bahco) bow saws which although not great had been used regularly for 10 years without problem (please see earlier article ‘A Cut Above the Rest’). The Silky Saws are lighter, easier to use and cut much, much quicker – a pretty unbeatable combination.

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Friday, November 13, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

First can I apologise for sneaking into the territory of The Fat Gardener uninvited like this. However, I thought that this might be a useful forum for me to discuss the challenges facing Quality Garden Tools (and other mail order companies) with the delivery of our products.

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Monday, November 09, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

Blogging is one of the success stories of the internet revolution. It has captured the imaginations of many ordinary (and some not so ordinary!) people around the world. You can now read a blog about almost anything – even garden tools!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

As the leaves begin to colour, fade and fall I begin to think about the vast amount of jobs I need to do in the garden before Winter arrives.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

It is not very often in the UK that we get to celebrate surprisingly good weather. We often complain that Summers are unusually cold or Winters unusually wet, but for the weather to be helpful to the gardener is a new sensation for us all! As I write this, there is what can only be described as an azure blue sky above me and the sun is actually warm on my face. This has meant that there is very little leaf drop in the garden and I still have the colour in the borders not only of the Autumn favourites, but also some Salvias, roses and even Agapanthus to remind me of July.

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Friday, October 02, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

With Autumn almost here those of us with open fires start thinking about chopping up all the firewood we will need for the cold months ahead.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

Earlier this year I wrote about the chance that Quality Garden Tools would be stocking products from Spear & Jacksons excellent range of garden tools. This week the first Spear & Jackson garden tools order arrived at the Quality Garden Tools warehouse ready to be despatched.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

We seem to be enjoying a rather dry spell at the moment – this is welcomed by sun worshippers, but is it any good for our gardens?

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Saturday, August 22, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

This Summer has seen an explosion in demand for one particular type of gardening accessories – gloves.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

It never fails to amaze me when a company or individual ‘invents’ a new garden tool or even just improves an old favourite, making life easier for all us overworked gardeners. After hundreds of years of mankind toiling in the fields as well as in the garden you might be forgiven for assuming that every kind of garden gadget that could be invented has been already.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

As mentioned previously I am a great fan of the RHS show at Hampton Court. I love the relaxed atmosphere, the extra space and the effort of the organisers to innovate each year.

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Friday, July 10, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News

The RHS Hampton Court flower show always attracts two things; loads of enthusiastic gardeners and rain.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009 By Dominic Elsom News


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