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.

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.