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 had our 18th Open Garden in 2019.
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 have given over 200 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.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Soil Improver

This is without a doubt a fantastic product.
Used to be 'Active 8' but now they have improved it adding a further eight elements into the mix.
Bunning's do not sell Rocky Point products but most Garden Centers, Produce Stores do.
We grow vegetables with this mixed into the soil and when it's time to plant the Caladiums lot's of bags go into the garden.

Potting Mix

Judy does all the propagation and she is very fussy about the potting mix she uses.
After trying some well known brands we believe this Rocky Point potting mix is far superior to any other.
But, we do add a few extras such as Rice Hulls, Coir, a small handful of Multi-Pro and some coarse Perlite. Only small amounts of each.
I also use this mix for my Amorphophallus but do not add Coir and add extra Perlite.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Ryobi One Power Shears

This is a great tool by 'Ryobi One' powered by an 18 v battery.
As I have said previously I need to make my gardening life a bit easier so I looked at this at Bunning's and said 'That looks like it may help me" so I bought it just in time to help me with cutting back several Carambola trees.
So am I happy, yes it did help and made my life a bit easier.
Ryobi One if registered on line with extend to warranty to six years.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ryobi One Garden Tools

I am always looking to make life a little bit easier especially at my age.
I work dammed hard in the garden most days and sometimes get lot's of aches and pains.
So if I see a product that makes life easier I will go out and buy it.
Ryobi One products have impressed me, I now have quite a few and if registered online you get a six year warranty which means if anything goes wrong it's just a quick trip to Bunning's to exchange the tool.
I will post more at a later date of some of the other tools I have.
The ones today two hedge trimmers, one extendable and one not
All of these I have found useful.
As you can see the fruit trees have been trimmed nicely.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Great Top Dressing Soil

I have had so many problems with crook soil over the years so it is with relief that I have actually found some good stuff.
This product is a fantastic blend of goodies for top-dressing your lawn, it is sourced from 'Candy Soils' and sold at 'Rocknsoil' situated on New Cleveland Road, Capalaba.

I have just used three cubic metres on my back lawns and it is so fine that is disappears into the grass very quickly.
It is $85 a cubic metre but it's worth paying for something good.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fiskars Pole Pruner

A big thank you to Fiskars for incredible service and great product.
Replacement Pole Pruner arrived today honoring their 25 year warranty.
I honestly could not look after my fruit trees without this great tool. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fiskars Garden Tools

I am a big fan of Fiskars garden tools.

After buying on a budget cheap Chinese junk garden tools I realized that if I wanted a quality tool that would virtually last me a lifetime I would have to pay more to get the quality and lifespan  I desired.

All Fiskars are made in Europe and are a Finnish firm.

Another great thing about these tools are that they are ergonomic.

So over the past few years I have been steadily building up my collection of these great tools (see picture).

Some I have been given by Fiskars but the majority I have bought myself.

I have never had any sort of problem until now.

The cord on my Telescopic Tree Pruner snapped and as much as I tried to replace the cord the more frustrated I became, I just could not get it right and yes I did download the instructions.

So at $200 plus it is an expensive tool to purchase and I am coming up to the time where all my Custard Apple trees will be needing their annual prune.

I noticed while shopping in our local Bunnings that Fiskars tools have a 25 year guarantee.

I will let Fiskars know and hopefully may have a positive outcome.