Implementations is run by Jane and Nigel from our house in the centre of England. We are both keen gardeners. Our garden has flowers, fruit, vegetables and plenty more besides.
Jane launched Implementations in 2001. She had variously worked as a teacher, import-export clerk and IT support consultant, but this was a whole new learning curve. Three years later she left her other job to work full-time with the business, and a few years after that her partner Nigel left his job as a teacher to join her.
Jane had read about copper tools a decade earlier. The idea had inspired her. She grew up on a farm, and always felt that there had to be more wholesome ways of interacting with Mother Earth. The philosophy behind the choice of copper seemed to be part of that. It felt more courteous. She bought some tools for her own use.
In the summer of 2001 something curious happened. Slugs and snails had always been the bane of her existence as a vegetable gardener. Everything she planted was chomped or disappeared overnight. The garden felt slimy with their trails. That summer, her potatoes grew luxuriantly. She put it down to the fact that she had earthed them up with grass clippings as an experiment.
Then came the moment on the road to Damascus. On her nightly slug patrol she saw two big black slugs among the lettuce seedlings in the greenhouse. She deposited the slugs on the compost heap and mentally wrote off the lettuces. Where one slug had been, others would follow. Three weeks later, to her amazement the lettuces were still there, and thriving. When she came to harvest the potatoes, hardly any of them had slug damage.
Only then did it occur to her that maybe the tools had something to do with it. She started to investigate the properties of copper and steel.
Inspired by her findings, she submitted a letter to The Organic Way, the magazine of Garden Organic. The rest of that story is on the Slugs and Snails page.
Implementations was officially launched.
Then we started selling the tools at shows. First, small local events. As our confidence and experience grew we went on to the larger garden shows at Malvern, Hampton Court and the RHS London shows. With their shiny gleam, the tools had a WOW factor. We loved introducing them to new people, and meeting up with fellow enthusiasts.
We stopped doing the shows in 2015. They had stopped being fun and were starting to be a chore.
Implementations is still Jane and Nigel. We have added some products to the range and now there are stockists selling the tools around the country.
And we still use them in our garden.