Monday, 25 May 2020

New Tools – New Prices !

Glaser Tools in Switzerland have increased their range again, so we now have some new tools on our website.

Here is a summary:

2 New Sizes of Stirrup Hoe – 100 mm and 150 mm – to add to the existing range of 125 mm, 175 mm, 200 mm, 225 mm, 250 mm, 275 mm, 300 mm, 325 mm and 350 mm.

2 New Sizes of Oscillating Hoe – 100 mm and 150 mm, along with the 200 mm model which arrived last year.  The 85 mm, 125 mm and 175 mm models have been top favourites for years!

The Weed Sweeper – a new tool, rather like a hybrid between the Collinear Hoe and the Wireweeder.  With a sharp replaceable blade for precision weeding.

The Roll Cultivator – to roll over dry, lumpy soil to crumble it into a finer tilth.

The Multi-Head Weeder – a new mini-system, based on a single holder to which different sizes of wire weeder and collinear hoe can be attached, as well as a torsion weeder.  Simple, robust and effective.

The downside is that we have needed to raise our prices for all the Glaser range.  Glasers themselves have not increased their prices, but the double whammy of Brexit uncertainty and the Covid-19 crisis has knocked the £ exchange rate down, so we have to pay more for the same value in Swiss Francs.  We have been 'carrying' some of this increase for a little while, so the increases are significant.  

As always, we will be glad to reduce our prices again if and when the exchange rate gets better

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.  

We have been exceptionally busy since the 'lock-down' started, but we are starting to run into a few difficulties as some of our suppliers temporarily stopped production: –

BroadForks
We have BroadForks in stock.  Only problem is, we are now running VERY short of handles, and have sold out of the 1.5m (5ft) size.  More handles (both sizes) on order, but we don't have a delivery date yet!  Please email us if you would like to place an order ready for our new stock. (Updated 3rd June)

Soil Blockers
Ladbrooke Soil Blockers have re-started production and our order arrived a few days ago.  All models now in stock, including the Maxi 1 and Multi 20 !  (Updated 21st May)

Wooden Handles
We have now run out of all sizes except the 1.35m (4'6"), but our supplier has re-started production with a reduced workforce and we have placed an order which we know is being processed – but we don't yet have a delivery date!  Again, please email us if you would like to place an order ready for our new stock.   (Updated 22nd May)

Glaser Tools
Our latest order from Switzerland arrived OK, but we are running short of some items and will have a fresh order going in soon.  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.  (Updated 15th April)

Ho-Mi
We have literally hundreds of Large Ho-Mis, so we are not expecting to run out of these!  We have now run out of the Small Ho-Mis and have more on their way from South Korea.  Coming by sea, so won't be here until mid-July or so!  Sorry!  (Updated 5th June)


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."