Spring Gardening Needs – part 1

Spring has arrived and now is the time to think about getting out in the garden.  The Garden Shed and Pantry has a great range of products to assist you in the garden.

The Korean tool, the Ho Mi, is the perfect tool for small scale digging, weeding and sowing seeds.   It’s a very popular product and so it should be.  It has been in existence for 1000’s of years virtually unchanged.  We also have Harvest Knives and Japanese Razor Hoes.

gardening tools

gardening tools

Of course, we have the best book for the Tasmanian vegetable gardener.  Steve Solomon is a renowned authority on how to get the best from your soil and we have sold heaps of his book, Growing Vegetables South of Australia, over the last few years.  This should be the first book you purchase if you are serious about growing food in your garden. We have other gardening books too.

Thomas and the garden kneeler

Thomas and the garden kneeler

The Environmentally Friendly Useful Garden Kneeler is just the thing for early spring when the ground is still very damp.  It’s also useful in summer when the ground can be quite hard and tough on the knees.  Help support the Cygnet Community Garden and buy a kneeler for the gardener in your life.

A new delivery of Watering Cans (in new season colours) have just arrived.  Galvanized or enamel, they will provide a lifetime of use around the garden.  The perfect Birthday or Christmas gift.

Pictured below is (from left to right); the galvanised waterfall 9 litre can from Burgon & Ball, the slimline 5 litre can and the professional longreach 9 litre can, both from Haws.  The slimline comes in red, green and now cream.  The longreach can comes in black or red.  The slimline and longreach cans from Haws are hot dip galvanised then powder coat painted for maximum protection.  They come supplied with an oval all brass rose.

Watering Can range

Watering Can range

Spring wouldn’t be Spring without seeds and flowers.  At the Garden Shed and Pantry, we stock a range of vegetable (and herb) seeds from Southern Harvest that are selected by Kate and Seedsaver Sam specifically for sowing now in Southern Tasmania.  Each month we select the right seeds to be sown.  All you have to do (almost) is come and choose your seeds and go home and sow them.  You can also order native and cottage garden seeds through us.  Don’t forget that we have a monthly seed sowing guide to assist you with your seed sowing.

A Dibber is an ideal present for the gardener you know.  Made from handcrafted local timbers (search through the box and you may be lucky to find one made from Huon Pine) by a good friend, these are ideal  for making holes in the ground so that seeds, seedlings or small bulbs can be planted.



Once you have your seeds in the ground or in a pot, you will need to water them – we have the seed mister for that task.  A beautiful and exquisitely made product that generates a light mist designed to provide moisture but not a deluge which can damage your young seedlings.

Seed warmers are the ideal and cheap way to provide bottom heat to your seed trays.  The seed warmer will heat up to three metres of shelving. This is a product that I use and recommend to get those early seeds started.

The Cygnet Market can get quite frantic at times.  Sometimes we are serving customers and others are waiting to be served.  There are times when the stage seems to be packed full of people browsing our wide range of products.  Come along to the Garden Shed and Pantry to view our range of spring gardening needs or to ask for gardening advice.


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