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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Garden Soil Brisbane

Well there was certainly no sign of Christmas spirit at Nuway landscape yard at Chandler today.
I went in with my trailer to buy a half metre of garden soil.
I do this often but usually from TLS or Colonial so I know how exactly how much is in a half metre.
The guy working the loader drove into the soil bay and proceeded to drop the load of soil into my trailer.
I had noticed that the bin of the loader was not even, there was a fairly large space at the back without soil.
Now these buckets are half metre fully loaded and level from front to back.
I complained and after a bit of to and fro he put the tiniest extra bit in my trailer.
I still felt cheated and went up to the office to complain.
What the hell happened there? I left feeling ridiculed, laughed at and being called a liar.
So much for the customer always being right.
Never again will I cross the doors of this company, the attitude of the staff was terrible especially when you compare it to other nearby landscape yards that treat you decently.
I just wonder if they short change a lot of customers who do not complain, they can make a lot of profit over time by doing this.

Yes, I am bloody angry and I am going to circulate this on my blog and websites.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rainwave/oscillating Sprinkler for the Garden

Gardena send me some garden watering products including a oscillating or as I prefer to call it a 'Rainwave Sprinkler'.
I must admit I rarely use a sprinkler these days as water is just so expensive but as I had an 'Open Garden' coming up and the lawns were brown I decided to give it a try.
I found it to be a very good garden sprinkler to have in my inventory.

Why you may ask?
Not one drop of water was wasted, I could control the width and the length of the water with the simple control levers on the sprinkler.

I must admit that there are several makes of gardening equipment that I consistently purchase and one of these is Gardena, hose fittings, hoses you just cannot get any better.
I am not just saying that because they sent me some gear to review I honestly believe it as I have been purchasing these products for years.
#rainwavesprinkler #oscillatingsprinkler

Monday, November 3, 2014

Best Garden Watering Products

When it comes to gardening tools only the best will do, there is nothing worse than a fork bending or a hose kinking or a fitting blowing off and soaking you.
Usually a good product will save you money in the long run as they last for a long time.
I have made mistakes in the past buying cheap stuff and living to regret it.
One thing I have never scrimped on are garden hoses, I hate hoses that kink and burst, that’s why I have for the past 20 years only bought Gardena products, and yes I am still using them today.

One of the hoses I am using at the moment is a ‘super-flex kink resistant 6, which I think would be at the top of the Gardena range, it’s a great hose and well worth a few extra dollars.

The same applies for hose fittings, when I go to our local hardware store I do not look anywhere else but Gardena and they are trouble free and do not come off the hose unlike some other brands.
In some places in our garden I need two hose outlets and fortunately Gardena make a conversion that fits onto your tap and gives you two outlets, believe me it’s very handy.

Often when watering our garden I wonder just how much water am I using? Well Gardena have another great product which fits between your hose and spray gun (Gardena of course)

 that tells you exactly how much water you are using, it’s called a ‘water smart flow meter’ it shows total per day, per watering cycle and even per season. I must admit I received a shock after watering the garden for a day; it made me a little more careful in my water consumption.

I also have an auto watering system and some sprinklers that I will review later; I have no doubt that they will be the highest quality.

I forgot to mention that all Gardena products are made in Europe and come with a guarantee, for instance the hose has a 30 year guarantee which is pretty awesome to think my hose will last me until I am 99 years old. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Great All Purpose Garden Tool

When Judy and I visited the Nambour Garden Expo this year we called in to say hello to Clint Kenny who runs the ‘Garden Tool Shop’.
Clint is a well know gardener from Warwick and has opened his beautiful garden to the public on many occasions.
He only sells top quality garden tools, so anything you purchase off him will be of the highest quality, but not of course the cheapest.
With garden tools it’s all about quality, I am very particular with my tools and never ever buy any cheap rubbish made in China, it's always worth paying that bit extra to get quality.
Clint was kind enough to give me a ‘CobraHead’ weeder and cultivator to test and review.
What a great little tool this is, has so many uses around the garden from cultivating, scratching, weeding, planting, making furrows or trenches, seed and bulb holes, the list goes on.
The tool is made in the USA, has a plastic handle and a stainless steel shaft.
The blade can be sharpened with a small file.
I can see my ‘CobraHead’ lasting me a lifetime.
Retails for a little under $40.00 and well worth it.
Clint sells tools online; here is his web site...http://www.gardentoolshop.com.au/p/997783/cobrahead.html

Enjoy the video.