The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
Tough, waterproof footwear is indispensable if you are working in the garden especially during wet weather, and today you have a wide choice of traditional and contemporary styles.
Town & Country, who manufacture essential full and half length boots in green, set the standard for others. Made from PVC, they have a cushioned sole for extra comfort and reinforced seams for added strength.
The same manufacturer's Premium Wellington Boots are lined and have a cushioned insole. Contoured for comfort with reinforced seams, they also have a steel shank for added support. Made from natural rubber, they have an adjustable strap for a secure fit.
Gardman produce a Premium Wellingtons Box Set. With a stylish modern design in green or purple, they are perfect for country walks and shopping as well as gardening. Made from natural rubber for the greatest durability without extra weight, they have a moulded sole with added tread for greater grip and comfort. Also included is a storage and carrier bag, robust boot jack and fully cushioned socks.
Useful for keeping next to the back door are a pair of 'super soft' Cloggies. Cushioned, comfortable and lightweight, these injection moulded clogs are really useful for slipping on when you have to nip into the garden to get something from the shed, put out some bird food or to hang out the washing. They come in three colours, green, raspberry and navy.
If you have children and want them to become interested in gardening, or just outside and away from their computer games, buy them a pair of red or blue Children's Wellies. They'll be chuffed to have a pair just like mom and dad, lined for comfort and with a cushioned sole. The seams are also reinforced for extra strength.
Finally, a pair of Lawn Aerator Shoes will be the easiest way to improve drainage and the quality of the grass with hardly any effort. They strap over your normal garden footwear and can be worn anytime you walk over the grass with the metal spikes opening up the compacted soil, helping water, air and nutrients to get to the roots.
We may be having a dry summer at the moment but the rain will no doubt return later in the year when a lot of work needs to be done in the garden, so choose your Wellington Boots now and be prepared for the autumn.
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