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You’ll dig these earthy Amazon Prime deals on Spear & Jackson garden tools

The best Amazon Prime Day deals may be happening in winter this year, but it’s still got spring and summer in its heart… with this selection of garden tool deals from Spear & Jackson. This is a brand that every British gardener knows and respects and there is a pile of Spear & Jackson Amazon Prime Day deals out there, as big as a very large compost heap. 

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Looking for a high-quality pair of bypass secateurs for green stems? At this price these are a snip.

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Professional Heavy Duty Bypass Secateur £17.19 | Was £33.99 | Save £16.80 at Amazon

This anvil and bypass secateurs pack is the perfect gift for the plant-loving stem cropper in your life.

Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Razorsharp Cutting, Set 3K Bypass and Anvil Secateurs Set, Green £14.99 | Was £27.49 | Save £12.50 at Amazon

A superb half-price secateurs deal for delicate topiary tasks.

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Mini Pruner Set £12.49 | £25.99 | Save £13.50 at Amazon

Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Collection 370M3KEW Multi-Purpose Gardening Gloves, Blue – Medium £4.79 | Was £6.99 | Save £2.20 at Amazon

Soil, sharp thorns and rough branches play havoc with the hands. The answer? Wear a pair of decent gardening gloves like these tough rubbery, grippy things from the Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Collection. At a smidge under a fiver, they’ll protect the hands from drying out and keep them looking spick and even a little bit span.View Deal

Yet more prime Spear & Jackson Amazon deals on fence post rammers, bulb planters and pruning saws

Spear & Jackson PHR5 Landscaping and Fencing Post Hole Rammer, Silver £30.79 | Was £92.49

6 cheap kitchen tools that will save your holiday cooking

My kitchen was the first room I really invested in as an adult: I bought a KitchenAid stand mixer, a dutch oven, a high-end chef’s knife and nice plates and wine glasses. But aside from the chef’s knife, a few smaller purchases have become more vital to my daily cooking and food prep routines than any of the luxury items. For just a few bucks, in some cases, these tools can change the experience of cooking, and make the elaborate prep involved in the holidays much more manageable.

Here are six tools that can seriously elevate the quality and aesthetic of the food coming out of your kitchen.

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The single best investment in my kitchen over the past four years has been a mandoline. Essentially, it’s an adjustable slicer for fruits and veggies, and it makes preparing salads a breeze. All the intricate slicing you normally have to do for good salads is so much easier with a mandoline, and prepping veggies for pickling is just as easy. Not only does this make everything you slice look uniform and beautiful, it also gives you fantastic opportunities to punch up textures in your typical dishes.

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If you cook steak with any regularity, you probably already have a cast-iron skillet. But those skillets are just as helpful for making all kinds of meat, from chicken to octopus. One of my favorite recipes I’ve been honing over the years is an octopus-lime bagna cauda — and well-seared baby octopus is one of the most important components. When it’s too cold, or I’m too lazy, to use the grill, my cast-iron skillet is perfect for searing those tiny tentacles.

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A good chef knife isn’t cheap, but it’s an investment that’ll last you years. The problem is, many of

The best kitchen tools and gadgets, according to Food52’s Amanda Hesser

For more than 10 years, Food52 has brought James Beard award-winning recipes to the web, sold New York Times best-selling cookbooks, and grown an online community of foodies to more than 16 million people. Needless to say, this company knows its way around a kitchen—even better than you do after six months of cooking at home.

That’s why we reached out to Amanda Hesser, cofounder and CEO of the innovative company, for inspiration and guidance as a new stay-at-home season (a holiday one, at that) awaits us. “The pandemic underlined how vital home cooking is as a source of both sustenance and comfort,” she says. “And it has forced us to adapt to a new landscape of grocery shopping and cooking all the time. People have had to try new things and figure out how to make the most of what they have on hand. Some home cooks have embraced this with gusto, which is why we’re still seeing a wave of trends like bread baking.”

Sourdough starters were just the beginning. Hesser believes that this moment marks a true cultural shift: Americans are genuinely interested in learning how to feed ourselves better for the long haul. So how to make the kitchen updates you need to embrace a fall and winter of cozy, homemade meals? Hesser recommends first getting your hands on all the zucchini, peppers, and eggplant you can before the season ends so you can make ratatouille. (It freezes well!) Then, consider investing in these six kitchen tools that can make a big difference.

Staub x Food 52 Enameled Cast Iron Braising Pan

“This is a year-round lifesaver, and it comes especially handy in the fall because you can use it for everything from roasting chicken to making a vegetable gratin to braising short ribs,” Hesser

Drew Barrymore Wants Her New Hair Tools To Brighten Your Bathroom

After decades of countless iconic hairstyles — from Casey Becker’s blonde bob to Josie Grossie’s teased bouffant — Drew Barrymore recognizes the power of changing up your look. “I have always loved playing with my hair and trying new things,” Barrymore tells me. “I’ve had plenty of hairstyles that I look back on and think, well that was an interesting choice, but I have never regretted any of them.”



Drew Barrymore smiling for the camera: NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 14: Drew Barrymore celebrates the Launch of The Drew Barrymore Show at The Empire State Building on September 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/”Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 14: Drew Barrymore celebrates the Launch of The Drew Barrymore Show at The Empire State Building on September 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/”Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

For Barrymore, the ’80s and ’90s are the years she had the most fun with her hair. “I miss those days. The crimping irons, the bleach, the Sun-In — it was so fun,” she says. Now, Barrymore finds inspiration in the next generation taking risks with their looks. ‘When I see people now, who take chances with haircuts, colors, and different styles, it makes me so happy,” she says.

For Barrymore, that idea of self expression and experimentation motivated her to expand her Flower Beauty line into hair — starting with a line of tools designed to make the actual styling process faster, cheaper, and more enjoyable. After collaborating with InStyler for nearly three years, Flower Beauty’s first batch of hot tools launched exclusively at Walmart this week. The seven-piece collection is a physical embodiment of Barrymore’s cheerful philosophy and features everything from rotating styling irons and travel-sized hair dryers to ceramic straightening brushes — all outfitted in a vibrant color-blocked scheme of blue, yellow, and green.

The complete range is all under $80, which Barrymore says was important to her. “Flower Beauty was built on accessibility,”

Save money by keeping your garden tools in shape with these tips

Jessica K. of Windsor asks: Do you have some suggestions on how to clean my new and used garden tools?

Keeping your gardening tools clean helps prevent rust, keeps the edges sharp and removes caked-on soil and sap. Good tools can be expensive, so to avoid the need for frequent replacement, keep them clean and in good working order.

All garden tools should be cleaned and wiped down after use to remove soil. If you won’t be using certain tools for awhile, give them a thorough cleaning and inspection before storing them. If pruners or saws are used to prune or remove a diseased plant, they should be cleaned and disinfected before using them on a healthy plant. A squirt of Lysol spray will work. Some gardeners say dipping the tool in bleach diluted with water and wiping it dry, before using it on the next plant, also works. But be aware that bleach can damage blades, so be sure to rinse and clean the tool thoroughly when you’re done.

Use a strong spray from the garden hose to remove soil. Scrape off stuck-on mud with a trowel or plastic scraper. To remove residual soil, fill a bucket with hot water and add about one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid per gallon of water. After removing the stuck-on soil, place the tools in the bucket and let them soak for 15-20 minutes. Rinse the tools and dry them with a microfiber cloth or an old towel. Look over each tool thoroughly for signs of rust. If you spot rust or pitting, use a stiff wire brush or steel wool to scrub it off. Wipe the tool with a little vegetable oil to help loosen the rust while you scrub it off. If any tool feels sticky, the safest product to remove