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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - December 20th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus has these new items today

de-wit-potato-fork-3-tines £53.99
Dig potatoes without damage with the De Wit potato fork that features T-Handle to ease the strain on hands and wrists.Lightweight and strong with bowed shaft and comfortable T-handle.This potato fork has footrests and longer tines for deeper penetration.Flattened tines for efficient gathering and reduced root crop damage.The Dutch are rightly regarded as makers of the finest gardening tools. The two best are Sneeboer and de Wit. Sneeboer were founded in 1913, but De Wit dates back to1898. The 4th generation of De Wits now run the business; one is a trained wood turner, the other trained as a blacksmith. Both Sneeboer and De Wit use traditional techniques, but different materials. Sneeboer use stainless steel and de Wit use carbon steel. Carbon Steel is naturally tougher than Stainless steel and is not prone to metal fatigue like Stainless Steel.De Wit burnish their steel. This not only helps to protect it for longer but gives it a patina that blackens it – just like traditional English tools from the Edwardian era.All De Wit tools have turned hardwood handles of oiled Ash. Ash is not only very strong but resists shock better than woods like oak or beech, which is why it is always used for Axe handles.The result is a beautiful tool to hold in the hand but rugged and durable.They feel so natural to use that they are like an extension of theperson that uses them. These tools will give you a lifetime of use, until you hand them on.SizeHead: 18cm wide ( 7)Total Length: 95cm long (37.4)

spurge £9.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: light, well-drained garden soilRate of growth: fast growingFlowering period: May to JuneHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)This recently introduced spurge has been created by crossing E. mellifera with E. stygiana. It has an attractive, rounded architectural form, with stiff stems that are clothed in narrow, dark green leaves, which have a distinctive, creamy-white central midrib. From early to mid summer these stems are topped with clusters of honey-scented, yellowy-brown flowers followed by small seed pods. Garden care: In autumn cut back the faded flower stems, avoiding new ones. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance.
birch-log-hole-nest-box £7.99
The silver birch log is ideal for those who prefer a more natural look. The 32mm hole is suitable for species including Great Tits, House Sparrows and Nuthatches. To clean, simply unscrew one side of the lid. As this is a natural product there will be some variations in dimensions.Dimensions:Height: 21.5cm approx.Diameter: 15cm approx.Hole: 32mm
blueberry-jam £4.99
A distinctive jam that has been lovingly prepared by hand in small batches by master preservers, it contains nothing but the finest whole fruit and natural ingredients. During World War II RAF pilots reported their night sight noticeably improved after eating blueberry jam. Supplied in a 340g pot.
triumph tulip
triumph tulip £3.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: Apr-MayFlower colour: deep maroon-purpleOther features: excellent cut-flowersHardiness: fully hardyBulb Size: 12/14Rich, deep maroon purple with lovely coloured veining make this a spectacular tulip for spring bedding displays. The petals have a rounded shape with pointed tips and have a smoky sheen and silky texture.Garden care: In September to December plant bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Alternatively, allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.