One of the many things I love about gardening is its timeless appeal. While the years pass and trends change, gardening remains a simple, age-old pastime that connects us with the past and the very nature we live in.
One of the timeless tools I use is my grandfather’s old pocketknife. A constant companion, I enjoy the feeling of family history in my hand, the smooth shape and workmanship reassuring in my hand as I open bags of compost, dig weeds out of tight cracks in paths and cut all manner of strings, twine and ties.
And it’s twine, too, that is an oft-used companion in the garden. From lashing together my annual runner bean cane network to holding up fragile plant stems, there seems to be a hundred and one different ways that twine comes in handy in the garden.
I was thrilled to receive a selection of Nutscene twines in the post the other day. This great British brand heralds from Dundee, in Scotland, the birthplace of the jute industry. The brand dates back to 1922 and is derived from the company’s renowned Greentwist™ twine, which when tied around a plant cannot be seen, thus ‘not seen’!
I’ve long been a fan of Nutscene twine, not only because of the quality of the product and its many uses in the garden, but also because again, it holds an inherent link to the past: the twines are still produced on the original machinery that they were 92 years ago, operating out of a small mill yard in the heart of Angus, Scotland.
Whether you’re one of nature’s old romantics, like me, or simply appreciate high-quality and useful British garden tools, Nutscene Twine is a firm favourite of the London Vegetable Garden blog. Check out the website to discover a wide range of twines and garden tools: http://nutscene.com/.