What’s on the show today?Find out why you really need more than one type of secateurs in Tool Time.; What vegetable is really a fruit and it’s not a tomato in Vegetable Heroes; , plus a exotic plume flower in Plant of the Week and flowers that spell a country theme in Talking Flowers segment with Mercedes.
Did you know that you could be doing yourself a disservice by only having one pair of secateurs?
Especially if you’re a keen gardener who’s out there most days doing something in the garden even if it’s only thirty minutes.
Let’s find out what other types you could use?
Anvil vs By-pass vs snips are the three main types of secateurs.
|Anvil secateurs: Cut above tools|
- The anvil type of secateurs can best be described as having an upper blade that cuts down onto a lower flat area. Much like a knife onto a cutting board.
- The upper blade can be sharp on one or both sides.
- Did you know that the majority of ratchet secateurs are anvil based because they need to be able to cut up to 28 - 30 mm thick branches.
- These are best for thicker, harder stems such as chopping up branches to go into the compost bin. Good for either either a right hand or a left hander.
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You’ll definitely want to grow this after you hear why it’s so good.
Let’s find out.
I'm talking with the plant panel, Jeremy Critchley of www.thegreengallery.com.au and Karen Smith, editor of www.hortjournal.com.au
- Justicea can be best described as an erect, evergreen fast growing shrub with an open, rounded habit up to 1.5m
- It has large deep green leaves that have deep crinkly veins and are sometimes hairy.
- Lance-shaped dark green leaves, long up to 20 cm and 5 cm broad, with prominent veins.
- If you’re plants drops their lower leaves, get a big feed and prune back hard after flowering.