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Product Reviews

On occasion I’m offered products to test or I’ll report on products I’ve bought. I’m happy to test products on the understanding my product reviews of them will be truthful and unbiased.

Geopod Propagators with Grow Lights Reviewed

Geopod Propagators with Grow Lights Reviewed

This is my first year with the Geopod propagator so I've yet to see quite how effective it will be. Having said that, knowing it's pedigree, I'm very confident it will do the job. It's from Greenhouse Sensations who make the Vitopod Propagator that...
Quadgrow Tomato Growing System Reviewed - Double Your Crop!

Quadgrow Tomato Growing System Reviewed - Double Your Crop!

This year I'm excited to be trying out a new Quadgrow growing system for my greenhouse tomatoes from those clever people at Greenhouse Sensations . I'm pretty sceptical about claims by products to improve yields but I can see the logic behind the...
WORX WG169E.5 20V Cordless Strimmer Review

WORX WG169E.5 20V Cordless Strimmer Review

I've just bought a WORX WG169E.5 20V Cordless Strimmer with a 2Ah battery and 1 hour charger despite already having a corded flymo strimmer and a petrol strimmer / brushcutter. What do you do when you don't want the hassle, noise and power of...
Vitavia Greenhouse Review

Vitavia Greenhouse Review

As readers of my diary know, I have a Vitavia greenhouse myself. In fact I've had two Vitavia greenhouses, the first one having been destroyed in a freak storm. I don't blame the greenhouse for its destruction, the winds were gusting in excess of 100mph...
Vitopod Electric Propagator Review

Vitopod Electric Propagator Review

Back in 2008 I was treated to a Vitopod electric propagator. My conclusion after 8 years is that it is one of the best investments a serious gardener can make. It's not just useful for propagating, it's great for over-wintering tender plants as well....
Hotbin Hot Compost Bin - Composting System Review

Hotbin Hot Compost Bin - Composting System Review

Having had a hotbin composter for a while now, I'm convinced it is something that every house should have - efficiently converting most kitchen waste as well as green garden waste into excellent compost. It takes no more room than a fridge and doesn't...
Al-Ko 520BR Petrol Lawnmower Review

Al-Ko 520BR Petrol Lawnmower Review

AL-KO 520BR Lawn Mower When I said I wanted a lawnmower and ran over what sort of workload the poor thing would be in for, my pal Gwiz from the Allotment Forum straight away suggested the Al-Ko self-propelled petrol range. Thanks! It arrived...
Unusual Hoes Review - Ploskorez Hoes from Russia

Unusual Hoes Review - Ploskorez Hoes from Russia

Back in August I saw an article by Tony Buckland in Kitchen Garden magazine singing the praises of some unusual hoes from Russia. I've used various hoes in the past but I'd never seen ones quite like this before. They're imported into...
Quadruple Electric Propagator Review

Quadruple Electric Propagator Review

I've got a couple of cheap electric propagators which are useful but without thermostatic control they can become a death trap for seedlings. You switch them on to cope with a cold night and in the morning the sun comes up and heats things up. By the...
Stirrup Hoe Review

Stirrup Hoe Review

The stirrup hoe operates like any other hoe, cutting the weeds just below the soil surface. However, because it is pulled rather than pushed it is easier to control reducing accidental damage to plants. Types of Hoe - Dutch, Draw & Stirrup...
Long Handle Spade or Long Pattern Spade Review

Long Handle Spade or Long Pattern Spade Review

One thing all gardeners should know is that it is important to have a spade with a handle that is long enough. Too short a handle mean that you never straighten up whilst digging and backache becomes a certainty. Alan Waterfall of Standwell Tools...
New 4 Stroke Mantis Tiller / Rotavator Review

New 4 Stroke Mantis Tiller / Rotavator Review

For some years I've been the proud and happy owner of a Mantis 2 stroke tiller. I’ve also got a large Merry Tiller rotavator, which will happily break up the soil for me but it never gets a particularly fine tilth which is where the Mantis comes into i...
Sneerboer Fork & Pointed Spade Review

Sneerboer Fork & Pointed Spade Review

Sneeboer Digging Fork Review A while back I was fortunate enough to be given a Sneeboer digging fork. Now you might think me sad but I've been known to drag visitors up to the shed to show them it. When I first got it, I was a little...
Mattocks & Azadas - Gardening Tools

Mattocks & Azadas - Gardening Tools

This article is courtesy of Simon Drummond and originally appeared in the Smallholder and the Allotment and Leisure Gardener magazines in 1999. I can testify that for working stony soils they are superb tools, far superior to the traditional digging spade....
Vi-Aqua Water Energiser to Promote Plant Growth

Vi-Aqua Water Energiser to Promote Plant Growth

When I was sent this article, I must admit to being very sceptical. 'Magic' solutions and miracle cures have usually turned out to be snake oil of no real value. Still, Kew Gardens are endorsing the product and the science, as far as I can judge...