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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…

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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…

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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,…

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I Want to Like My Garden

I Want to Like My Garden by Rachel McCartain A review by the3Growbags This book starts with the premise that gardening is a boring chore, which probably echoes the feelings of a lot of people. Starting from this rather negative outlook, it launches into quick fixes for this attitude, and we enjoyed the unusual analogies…

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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…

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Check out Chive for a plant lover’s gift

Can we talk about brilliant gifts? So, not the plastic/sugary/laugh-a-minute ones or in fact candles (although who doesn’t love the aroma of lime and basil at Christmas?). We are talking about something contemporary, unusual, with interior-design ‘wow’ that your plant-loving friends will actually love and that won’t wholly break your bank. Interested? Then honestly, log on…