Wheel­bar­row

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

An­other ne­ces­sity that has evolved grad­u­ally into its present fa­mil­iar form, in the 18th cen­tury, the wheel­bar­row had a flat bed on which the weed­ing gar­dener’s bas­ket was placed, which, a cen­tury later, was re­placed by a cur­va­ceous open box, with the whole bar­row made of heavy, painted tim­ber. A handy ex­tra sec­tion could be placed on top to in­crease the ca­pac­ity for au­tumn leaves. It was a win­ter job in snowy spells to re­paint the bar­row in its shed, but, nowa­days, metal is best. Some favour two wheels at the front, but soon go off the idea when they dis­cover the loss of ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. Clas­sic de­signs last for good rea­sons. Buf­falo wheel­bar­row in black with pneu­matic or solid tyre, £55, Bull­bar­row (0121–520 2345; www.bull­bar­row.co.uk)

Shears and se­ca­teurs

Have been with us for cen­turies. These glo­ri­fied scis­sors still have their uses in the age of the me­chan­i­cal hedge-trim­mer. Those with wavy steel blades get my vote. Run­ning the blades un­der a tap when the day’s work is over, then spray­ing with light oil can read­ily re­move the black build-up of gunge. Se­ca­teurs have largely re­placed the knife for prun­ing and come in many forms. Orig­i­nally French, the best type for gen­eral use

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