Banish those insect bites with Bite-Away

‘Bite Away’ – a treatment for insect bites Bite-Away is a little patented battery-powered device designed for the treatment of insect bites. It is a small gadget, and the idea is that you hold the ceramic end of it against the insect bite as soon as possible after you were bitten, and press either the 3-second (for initial treatment or sensitive skin) or the 6-second button, and it delivers a short burst of concentrated heat. I know – it sounds daft, doesn’t it, and frankly very improbable as a bite remedy.  I was pretty sceptical, but I’m here to tell...

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Digging this tip-top spade big time!

Burgon & Ball Sophie Conran Long-Handled Digging Spade I absolutely must tell you about my new favourite garden tool! It’s a Sophie Conran Long-Handled Digging Spade which has been introduced this year by Burgon & Ball. It has replaced my old and trusted border spades, for whenever I am busy in the borders, planting, unearthing or dividing things.  And that is for a number of reasons: I am quite a tall lady gardener and the length feels just right for comfortable digging. It might not be for everyone, but I really like the T-shaped handle for when I need to...

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A gardening year that flies by too quickly

A review of Diary of a Modern Country Gardener by Tamsin Westhorpe I so enjoyed reading this! Its lightness of touch and lack of pomposity carried me through it at a much quicker pace than I normally manage with gardening books.  Arranged in diary-fashion, it doesn’t become bogged down at any point with long ‘purple’ passages, and that is a huge plus-point, in my opinion. I found the little sections of monthly Must-Have Plants, Tool-Kits, Country Projects etc. absolutely addictive – what IS it about lists that makes them so irresistible in any form of writing? The narrative is personal,...

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Jewellery that springs from the sea

Regular blog readers will have come to realise that I am the only Growbag sister with really good horticultural taste. As it is with plants, so it is with jewellery. I go for understated, timeless class from ethical sources, so was delighted when we came across the work of Kate Lewis at RHS Wisley’s Contemporary Craft Fair. Kate collects her raw material as she walks her dog each morning on the beaches of the Gower Peninsula; seaglass, remnants of broken bottles whose sharp edges have been worn away and whose original colours have developed an opaque subtlety over the...

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