Garden Essentials

Ten years ago I never would have expected gardening supplies and equipment to be something I would get excited about.  I was happy to wander through gardens, admire flowers and plants, and have always been a bit of an eco warrior and nature lover, but at home the gardening was down to my mum.  Fast forward to my current level of domesticity, and gardening gets me very excited!  I happily settle down with Gardeners' World in TV or magazine form, and can get lost for hours in a garden centre, whilst the children play in the playground there.  And when people get in touch to ask if we would like to review some fabulous new products, I am chomping at the bit!

Renowned maker of domestic brushes, Bentley Brushware, has teamed up with the National Trust to create a range of unique, high quality garden tools suitable for every gardener's needs.  These carefully considered tools aren't just great for gardeners, they're good for the environment too.  They are all made from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified sustainable wood here in the UK.  the timber has also been sealed which makes them more comfortable to hold, and also protects the lifespan of the tool, ensuring longevity of use in all weather conditions.  All products have been carefully created to meet the National Trust’s ethical and environmental standards.

These are high quality tools which all carry the prestigious Bentley label and are made with high quality materials and finish.  We were sent the Dexter Natural Fibre Scrub Brush which is ideal for cleaning garden furniture.  It features unique castle bristles for deep-down cleaning.

The Transplanting Trowel is made of the finest quality stainless steel, with an ergonomically designed handle and precision trowel blade for efficient digging.  It is ideal for planting bulbs and seedlings, or for potting and re-potting plants.

The Bulb Planter is ideal for planting bulbs or bedding plants, has an automatic soil release by simple pressure on the handle, and a clearly graded side measure to gauge planting depth.  Perfect for a novice like me!  All the tools are beautifully made and a pleasure to use, perfect for any gardener as standard supplies or a special gift.  Find out more about the range and the National Trust partnership at

We have also been sent some great supplies from Mill Race Garden Centre who offer a wide variety of garden, outdoor living and pet supplies online.  We received some useful planters for the balcony, including potato tubs, a large planter that can be used as either a planter or a sand pit (!), and this cute little Elho trug.  With highly competitive prices and fast delivery, this is a great place to buy your garden supplies, especially if you don't have a car.

Finally, we have this fab idea from Hozelock.  The Aquasolo is a clever little ceramic watering cone with a plastic screw adaptor, which simply screws on to the top of a plastic bottle.  Compatible with most bottle types from 0.5l to 2l capacity, The Aquasolo will water plant pots up to 40cm in size for up to 28 days.  It is suitable for indoor and outdoor pots, in greenhouses and outdoors.  It can also be used with liquid feed.  The Hozelock Aquasolo range is available from DIY stores, leading garden centres and specialist retailers.

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