I’ve treated myself to a few books by Charles Dowding as recommended by fellow bloggers plot34 and LisaSpooner. Thank you both!
I’m also following this brilliant organic gardener via his website http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/
As I explained in earlier blogs, I’m currently managing a nasty injury to my foot. This has pushed me to look at alternative gardening methods. I’ve always been passionate about organic gardening but I’m also very keen to learn more…
During my ‘wanderings’ through various blogs, books, webpages and articles about ‘The no-dig method’, I’ve stumbled across a growing use of copper tools. Gardeners who use them claim that copper tools have properties that deter slugs and snails! The idea is that each time you use a copper garden tool in the soil, you leave a little copper residue in the soil – this can reduce the damage done by those nasty ‘mini beasts’! I’ve yet to be convinced on this point having tested copper bands and actually seeing a slug lying happily across a copper strip, munching my newly planted lettuce!
Well respected gardeners have flagged up a few more practical reasons for using copper gardening tools such as, they don’t rust, the copper edges stay sharp and they slice into the soil with ease!
One more little point…they look stunning!!! I’ll add them to my wish list. Perhaps Mr D will pop one in my Christmas stocking this year 🙂
My latest gardening gift…. ok, technically Comic Relief Noses (2017) but I think they make great cane toppers and they survived storm Doris!!!