It is quite feasible and practical to gather up a crop of fruit and veg in a plastic bag, but a rustic trug lovingly hand-woven from authentic withy by Suffolk craftsmen is so much more aesthetically pleasing. A common- or-garden plastic watering-can costs pennies, but a traditionally shiny cast-iron model goes up to 30 quid. Scrawling plant labels on old lolly sticks is quite adequate for identification purposes, but for a posh herb garden, metal labels that you can calligraph the herb names on, or designer terracotta labels are, frankly, a must. Consider all the complete nonsense that goes into the average kitchen - hen-shaped egg holders, novelty salad- dressing sets, "humorous" aprons and tea-towels. At least garden accessories are functional as well as pretty.
Handcrafted ash rake, from a selection at Heathfield & Spicer, The Rake Workshop, Church Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6SA, 01303 814545.Reuse content