Thursday, 26 March 2020

Corona Virus – Running Out Of Stocks!

One of the results of the Corona Virus and the general UK 'lock-down' seems to be that more people are planning to spend more time in their gardens and some of them have come to our website to buy more garden tools.

This, of course, is an excellent idea, but we are starting to run into a few difficulties as some of our suppliers have either stopped production or are having difficulties shipping stock to us: –

BroadForks
Malcolm the Blacksmith has needed to stop all work at his forge and so is not able to supply us with any more BroadForks at the moment.
If you want to order a BroadFork, please email us to say that you will be interested in buying a BroadFork when we have them back in stock, and then we can email you when we have some again.  No obligation, of course!

Soil Blockers
Ladbrooke Soil Blockers have stopped production for the time being.  We still have some stocks of all the different Soil Blockers, but we shall mark them on our website page when we run out of any models.
Again, if what you want is marked as Out of Stock, please email us to let us know, and we shall let you know when we have it back in stock.

Wooden Handles
We're OK for stock of these at the moment, but our supplier has stopped production for an unknown period, so 'when they're gone, they're gone' !  Again, please email us if what you want is shown as 'Out of Stock'.

Glaser Tools
It looks like our latest order from Switzerland will be delayed a little longer but will probably arrive eventually.  Stocks look OK at the moment, so hopefully we won't run out before the new stock arrives.

Ho-Mi
We have literally hundreds of Large Ho-Mis, so we are not expecting to run out of these!  Reasonable stocks of the other models, too.


Friday, 10 January 2020

Secondhand Glaser Wheelhoe for sale

We have been contacted by one of our customers who has a Glaser 'Berg 500' wheelhoe which he bought from us but no longer uses.  He plans to get a smaller 'Pico 700' to replace it, which will probably be easier to use in his restricted working space.

We haven't seen this 'Berg 500' ourselves, but the photos show that it has not had much wear and seems to have been looked after.  He is selling it complete with a 275mm Glaser Stirrup Hoe, which again has not been used very much.  The spring steel blade had rusted, but he has treated it with rust remover which has turned the surface black.  This surface colour will wear off as the hoe is used but it protects the blade in the meanwhile.





If you were to buy a Glaser 'Berg 500' from our website, it would cost you £389.80 without any attachments.  A 275mm Stirrup Hoe would cost £119.40 on its own, but we would sell the two together for £479.20.  All prices include postage.

Our customer is offering his Berg 500, complete with the 275mm Stirrup Hoe, for £354.70 (including UK postage) – or near offer.

We are trying to help him out with this sale but will get nothing from it except selling him a new 'Pico 700', so obviously we can make no guarantees to either buyer or seller.

If you might be interested in taking advantage of this, please email us with your offer price and we will pass it on to our customer.  If your offer is accepted, he will then contact you to proceed with the sale, which will be a private matter between you and him.  We will not be involved any further, having done our bit to act as a 'shop window' for him.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Website Back Online Again !

Just a quick note to confirm that our site is back online after a few days of problems linked to our 'hosting' arrangements.  Looks like that is all sorted out nicely and we should not have any more problems.

Thanks to all those who made contact to check, especially those who persisted in finding ways to place their orders – in spite of the website!

Best wishes to all for a productive 2020 . . .

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Rock Dust and 'Food Unwrapped'

Channel 4's 'Food Unwrapped' will soon be running a feature on 'Grow Your Own', which is due to include references to increasing the carbon content of the soil and the role that volcanic rock dust can play in helping to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

This double benefit, removing harmful CO2 from the air and locking it into the soil to improve fertility, is the subject of ongoing experiments by the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M).  Follow links from our website 'Rock Dust Page' at http://www.blackberrylane.co.uk/rockdust.html  or go direct to http://lc3m.org/  They call the process of applying volcanic rock dust to soil 'enhanced weathering'.

We have been using rock dust for several years, simply to improve the quality of our soil.  The possibility of doing a little to reduce the effects of global warming at the same time is an extra bonus!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Prices rising 25th March !

Just a little advance warning:  We shall be increasing our retail prices with effect from 25th March, when the new UK postal rates come into force.

In fact, this year, there are only very small increases on small parcels and no increase at all on the larger Parcelforce ones, so that is very welcome GOOD NEWS !

On the downside, though, is the continuing uncertainty over exchange rates, which directly affects all our Glaser tools, the EarthWay range and the Ho-Mis from South Korea.  If and when the exchange rates stabilise in favour of the £ Sterling, then rest assured that we shall be able to adjust our prices downwards again, as we have done before.

For the first time in several years, Glasers in Switzerland have needed to increase their prices because of the upward trend of global steel prices, and BroadFork prices have suffered from the same effect.

Our margins remain pretty tight but we shall endeavour to keep them that way in order to keep prices as reasonable as we can.

We expect to change the prices on our website overnight on 24th / 25th March, so please plan ahead and save by ordering before then.  If we get a last-minute rush, then we shall honour the lower prices but will need some time to catch up, so it will help us to help you if you are able to order before the deadline.

Thanks.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

BroadFork Feedback

Pete Dollimore's glowing review from December 2016 has a page of its own, but we thought it would be good to start a page of shorter comments from other customers who have been using their BroadForks, so here it is!

We continue to be amazed by the nearly world-wide reach of these simple and effective tools.  Apart from the UK, we have sent BroadForks to:– Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, France, Ireland, Spain, Chile, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Italy, Austria and Portugal – so far!!

When, back in 2009, Phil (above) went to Malcolm, his local blacksmith, to ask him to make a BroadFork for him, taking the specification out of Eliot Coleman's The New Organic Grower, he can have had no idea how successful they would be.  Many, many thanks to Phil, and all credit to Malcolm for producing such a sturdy piece of kit!

Some of these enquiries have come straight from simple web searches but an increasing number seem to come from recommendations.  Certainly, we have found the real benefits of using our own BroadFork and would still be recommending them even if we weren't selling them!

So, here are the first comments.  If you have some BroadFork experience you would like us to share on this page, please just email us.

David Horton (February 2019) says: "I know I've said this before, your broad fork is a brilliant tool.  I'm making a new veg patch, compacted ground. Broad fork  followed by devon spade is so much easier than just the spade.  Thank you, it is not a tool that I use a lot, but it is a very effective bit of kit. "Right tool for the right job" where it makes a hard job a lot easier."

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

EarthWay Seeder / Spreader EVS2750

Several times over the last couple of years, customers have asked us whether we supply these broadcast seeders as well as the EarthWay 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder.

We have been able to supply them by having the seeder sent from the UK importers, but inevitably there has been a little delay while this is arranged.

Now we have decided to have a few in stock, so that we can supply without that delay.

They will be on our website soon and our price is competitive:  £70.40 including UK postage.

This is a really versatile broadcast seeder which can also be used for spreading – whether that is granular fertiliser, etc., or salt/grit to de-ice paths and other hard surfaces.

For more information, see the EVS2750 page on the  EarthWay website .

If you can't wait for us to get this on our website, just email us and we can arrange to send you a payment link.