I review these products during tasks I personally carry out within my garden on a regular basis. Using the right product or tool for the job makes the difference of doing it the easy way or the hard way, so I really value a product which can make my life easier.

I am hoping that garden related companies will send me ‘products’ to test and evaluate. However I must stress that I will not be anything but fair and make no promises to these companies other than to tell the truth. Many of the products here are what I have already purchased for my own gardening use and are happy with.

You may ask, what are your qualifications? Well Judy and I opened our garden through the ‘Australia's Open Gardens’ for
10 years. We now open to support a specific charity. We won Gardening Australia’s 2009 ‘Golden Trowel’, have appeared on the ‘Garden Guru’s and ‘Gardening Australia’ twice and on various other television shows. We give presentations to garden clubs on Sub tropical gardening and open our garden for bus tours. What is more important is that we have learnt from our gardening mistakes.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rocky Point Potting Mix

We have been using Rocky Point ‘Active 8’ for some time and love this product.
It has done wonders to our vegetable garden, so much so that our Hippeastrum and Day Lily gardens have also benefited from a layer of this with great results.
The biggest result was with our Caladium garden, I have never seen bigger flowers than this year.
‘Active 8’ has lots of goodies in the bag including, cow manure, blood and bone, trace elements, zeolite, seaweed, gypsum, compost, fish meal and iron.
You can actually just open the bag and plant straight into the mix if that’s what you want to do, we mix it into our existing soil.
It is not dear, Capalaba Produce sell four 30 litre bags for only $20 which is reasonable.
All in all a great product which works.


We were using a bulk potting mix from a landscaping yard but they got lazy and took things out of the mix, so that was their loss.
We then started to purchase a well-known brand of bagged potting mix but found it to be too fine and very ‘saw dusty’.
We then tried a bag of Rocky Point Premium potting mix and instantly liked it, a bit coarser than the other but that’s good as it assists drainage.  It’s all we use now.
The potting mix has nine month long life fertilizer, wetting agents, coco fibre/chip, fish and seaweed, compost and trace elements.
Judging by how the plants that Judy has potted with this mix are going we intend to keep purchasing this product.



I have not received any favours from Rocky Point for this review, just like the product and it’s local. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gardena Secateurs

I am always on the lookout for quality garden tools, there's nothing worse than shoddy cheap and nasty tools especially ones coming from China.
The old saying 'you get what you pay' for is very true.
These Gardena secateurs are brilliant  and come in two different sizes 24mm and a smaller 22mm which is suitable for my wife.
They are made in Germany and have a 25 year warranty, which is pretty amazing.
They feel good in my hand with two different hand settings.
Gardena say they have tested these to 50,000 activations (cuts).
I am impressed and have started to use these around the garden where they will get plenty of use.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Long Prong

I have started a fairly large new project and have finally a chance to use my 'Long Prong' garden tool.
This project will have a park bench sitting within the garden and will be planted with gingers and Costus.
It will probably be my final large garden project as there’s not a lot of lawn left to steal from and anyway Judy has threatened to divorce me if I take any more lawn away.
Just survived this one by the skin of my teeth.
It has certainly made life a bit easier, instead of hammering with a crowbar this tool lifts the pavers and rocks and makes it much easier to remove.
It is also useful for removing stubborn roots.
These are an invention of Peter Nicol from Toowoomba and you can only buy them on-line, not sure but I think I paid around the $70 mark for mine.
There are four models including a lady Prong, it is pink of course.
Thanks to Judy who was the video operator.
http://www.prong.com.au/

 






Saturday, July 30, 2016

Silky Saws

I bit the bullet the other day and bought myself a new extendable pole saw.
As you are probably aware I am very particular about the tools I use in the garden and if they are bad I will say so and if they are good I will also say so, regardless of whether I have bought or been given the product.
In this case I love this product.
Yes, it was expensive, just a tad under $300 but it is probably the best quality saw money can buy.
It is a Silky 'Forester' with a extendable reach of 4.5 metres, so that means with my height taken into consideration that the saw will reach almost 6.0 metres.
With the 'Forester' you can purchase a handle and use the blade as a hand saw.







Now that is real handy for me as we have over 70 trees that need pruning on a regular basis.
I looked at other and cheaper saws but of course they were for the most part made in third world countries so quality would be a bit suspect.
I have bought some saws in the past that either became very blunt very fast, rusted out or I could not buy replacement parts.
With Silky you know you are going to get the best quality made in Japan with steel that is top quality, plus the availability of spare parts.
With these type of saws the cutting is done on the downwards motion.
I am happy with my purchase.
The Silky representative called by the other day to inquire if I was happy with the pole saw, he dropped me off a set of secateurs on loan to trial, now I usually use Felco number 2 secateurs, anyway I did some cutting with the Silky ones and really liked them and thought the quality was great.

The saw that I have used in the garden for the past few years is a Silky 'Gomtaro', it's a small straight saw ideal for the smaller pruning jobs around the garden. This saw is around the $90 mark but lasts you for years.




Sunday, May 8, 2016

Kwick Bandit Tie

I have been sent a selection of these ties to trial.
It is an interesting concept and I believe very popular in the grape and fruit industry.
The ties are made in Canada out of high strength rubber and basically all you have to do is wrap it around the stem of the tree and lock one end to the other as pictured.
It can be adjusted to suit the tree then as the tree grows the tie can be loosened.
I can see many uses for this tie in my shed and in the house.
This is their website http://www.kwikbandit.com/bandit.html

 In the lock position.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Shadecloth

http://theshadecentre.com.au/
 

I feel like giving this business a plug.
We have been buying our shade cloth from this firm for a number of years, it's cheaper than Bunnings and they have a greater range.
For example you cannot buy 50% shade cloth at the big stores.
I ordered x metres yesterday and it arrived today and the postage was only $12.50.
They are situated at Brendale, just north of Brisbane.
Highly recommended.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

New Gardena Hose Fittings

If you are familiar with this site then you will be aware that not only do I post positive reviews I also post in the negative.
With Gardena products I must admit I cannot say anything bad, they are well made, easy to use and last much longer than any other brand.
They have now brought out a new range of hose fittings which are very easy to use and of course very good quality.
Here are a few photos.
They are a bit more expensive than most other fittings but will last much longer so you should save in the long run.