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A device in two halves, each with a magnet. Magnetic attraction between the two halves holds the device onto standard half inch / 12mm hoses or pipes. It works for diameters up to 20mm.
I have noticed improvement in growth from using it when watering. For example the polytunnel salads were extra productive from December 2022 through April 2023, after some unusually cold weather.
I find it also softens the water here. For example the kettle now has little new scale of calcium carbonate.
Veda Austin on Instagram does microscope analysis of water quality and wrote to me that her plantsurge device made a noticeable structural improvement to tap water. She wrote "I even use it on my shower hose because it's so simple to apply".
She visited Homeacres October 2023 and helped me to do an ice crystal analysis if the tap water here. It has beautiful imagery! A heart shaped leaf under a gable roof, with many ladder structures nicely organised.
Module trays of my own design, made of recycled polypropylene which is strong and durable.
The trays have wide holes at the bottom that enable plants to be pushed up easily and also improve drainage. The tapered cells require less compost and result in no waterlogging around the roots. The polypropylene creates smooth and solid cells that help plant rootballs slide upwards with little or no damage to the plant roots, and none to the tray.
More information in these YouTube videos:
The trays are available in three sizes – 15, 30 and 60 cell, and available from the following distributors (prices vary so best to check the individual websites).
Cell size is the same in all of these trays. The only variable is number of cells per tray.
The Netherlands: The Farm Dream
Norway: Lindholm gård
North America: All About The Garden
Australia and New Zealand: Sow your Seeds (Tasmania)
A long-handled ash dibber of my own design which is made in the UK by an expert woodturning company. As you would expect for a product of this quality, the dibber is superbly sanded and finished with the best product available, Danish Oil.
You can buy the dibber for £34.95 via the Garden Imports UK website. The latest model features grooves notched into the timber at precise intervals (more info on this, and how to use the dibber, on the Garden Imports website).
We also have a stockist in North America, All About the Garden.
I recommend the website Gardening Naturally for fleece, mesh and bird netting. My affiliate link is here.
In summer, I recommend to cover new brassica plantings with fine veggiemesh.
In early spring, it’s worth covering new plantings with fleece. There’s a lot of poor quality stuff available, but this fleece is thicker (30gsm), stronger and will last you for several years of use. Also you never need to wash it.
Sometimes the thicker fleece is a little too heavy to sit on top of plants. Also it’s frustratingly opaque so you can’t see what is happening underneath and, therefore, I like to use also the 25 g/m², available on eBay.
Quickcrop also sell 35 gsm fleece.
For that no dig reminder and to keep you warm in the garden, please visit the Teemill site to see a clothing range of my own design!
The T-shirts, sweaters and hoodies are all made from organic cotton.
A less expensive alternative is 5mm, softer and not high tensile wire. This site sells it in long rolls. You will notice that the hoops bend more, but can still support the weight of fleece and mesh. Thanks to Frederic Berkmiller for this information.