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September 30, 2009

Hearne seed has a nice selection for winter cover crops


I just got back to California and my garden this week. The corn is finished and tomorrow I'll till it under. I just ordered a winter cover crop that should come within a week. I think the organic SoilMax Legume mix looks good. You can sow it in the fall and expect growth until winter when the plants will protect the soil from erosion. In spring when the plants begin to flower, they can be tilled in to increase nitrogen and make the soil lighter and more tillable.

At SoilMax Legume Mix

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September 29, 2009

Rubbermaid Deck Box will safely store your summer toys and tools

31CmwpBvIbL._SL500_AA280_.jpgAs school starts and the growing season slows, it's time to clean up the garden and patio and store your tools and the kid's toys. This Rubbermaid Deck Box should hold toys, tools, and grilling accessories. It has a comfy seat molded into its hinged lid, It is a durable and assembly is quick and easy with panels that snap together in minutes. Its sandstone colored lid and floor and olive steel colored panels blend with just about any venue. There's no easier way to tidy up the deck, garage, shop, patio or greenhouse without eating up valuable floor space! And it's on sale!

At Rubbermaid 5E39 Extra Large Deck Box with Seat

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September 25, 2009

Brome Wild Bird Feeder deters squirrels and has a Cardinal Perch

5df58149e7a09f0d2d8de110.L._AA280_.jpgThis bird feeder closes the seed port when a squirrel gets on the perch and is engineered so that cardinals will love facing forward to get their food. Better yet, it holds three quarts of seed so that you can enjoy the birds it attracts without having to fill it every other day. Birdwatch America's Best New Product Award and it's on sale now so you can have it for the fall and winter months.

At Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring

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September 24, 2009

Tyco Black Plastic Sheeting 20X100 is the gardener's best helper


Black plastic sheeting does multiple jobs in my garden. It cuts off sunlight to kill weeds, it protects a cultivated area from weather and weeds, it keeps the soil warm around plants so the the growing season is extended. I cut the sheeting in strips to go between rows early in the season to save myself weeding time and trouble. I used it successfully over an area where I didn't want the blackberries to spread. I keep it around the edges of the garden where the grass wants to invade. Wonderful stuff! Makes my gardening so much easier.

At Covalence Plastics 4ML BLK 20X100 20-by-100-Feet 4-Millimeter Tyco Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting, Black

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September 23, 2009

Garden Auger Bulb Planter makes bulb planting easy


If you are ready to put in bare rooted plants or fall bulbs to over winter and bloom in the spring, this auger can make holes fast. The auger fits 3/8th " drills which you can use on your own household drill, and is sturdy steel construction. The auger is 24" long so you don't have to bend over so far and can move easily on to the next hole to be dug. A real time and back saver.

At Garden Auger Bulb Planter 2.75" x 24"

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September 22, 2009

Shasta Daisy is a chrysanthemum problem free and beautiful

Shasta Daisy is easy to grow and can be planted now. It will over winter and grow into blossoming flowers in summer. It grows to 24 - 28 Inches and is a hardy perennial, forming dense colonies once established. The plant blooms over a long period, from early summer until fall. The bright flowers contrast nicely with the glossy, dark green foliage, livening up any garden bed. The plant is ideal as a cut flower, lasting up to 10 days in arrangements. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds and, better yet, the plant is resistant to deer. A great addition to any flower garden.

At DAISY SHASTA Chrysanthemum Maximum --- 2,500 Flower Seeds

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September 21, 2009

The Organic Gardener's Handbook: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals


This is a really helpful book which has descriptions of diseases and insects and how to save your plants if they show signs of infestation. There are entries for common fruits, flowering plants, vegetables, and trees. Each listing has information on disease and pest problems and tips on how to solve them without chemicals. Especially useful sections feature photos of garden insects and diseases.

At The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals (Paperback)

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September 18, 2009

De Caen Anemone Windflowers 25 Bulbs

Now is the time to order and plant anemones. Anemones have the advantage of overwintering nicely in zones 5-11 and the tubers propagate and can be divided in the summer when the plant is dormant. These De Caen Anemones flower in early spring and will take partial shade. They come in a wide array of colors from white to blue to red and violet and brighten the border of a flower bed.

At De Caen Anemone Windflowers 25 Bulbs

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September 17, 2009

Three Strathwood Galvanized Iron Planters at a great price

51g9-4ZRc9L._SL500_AA280_.jpgThis time of year is great for finding huge bargains of lawn and patio furniture! These square planters are an example of 20% savings. They come in three sizes and solid iron with a floral pattern to accentuate the plants and flowers you love. September is the month to check out bargains like these.

At Strathwood Galvanized Iron Square Planter, Set of 3

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September 16, 2009

TwisterPicker Perfect for Harvesting Fruit


Are your peaches getting ripe? Here is a fruit picker that holds the fruit and twists it off the branch without injuring the tree or the fruit. The Twister is small, smooth and light. You open the fruit holders when it gets to the fruit. When you let the fruit holders close on the fruit, your two hands are free for a quick twist. No more struggling through the limbs and twigs as you do with a basket or a bag . This fruit picker comes without handle--a broom handle works fine.

  • So easy to use; even Grandma can use the Twister.
  • Fruit damage is not a factor with the Twister. The fruit is twisted off the natural way.
  • No clumsy bag or basket to tangle in the tree.
  • Light weight (8 oz.) makes picking fun and fast.
  • Slim profile lets you access all the fruit on the tree.

At Fruit Picker, the TwisterPicker

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September 15, 2009

Select Salad Blend Lettuce--beautiful and tasty all during autumn


There is still time to plant some lettuce and have it mature in many of the zones in the US. Plant this variety pack of lettuce for a late season harvest. These lettuce types mature in 50 days. Plant in a window box or protected area for longer harvest. You will get beautiful leaves of full of nutrients all during the autumn.

At Select Salad Blend Lettuce 3000 Seeds

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September 14, 2009

Havahart Trap catches Squirrels and chipmunk size pests


Recently, I had a ground squirrel problem in the garden. The little sucker was digging under plants and killing them. I don't use poison as it gets in the food chain so I used a Havahart trap which is a handy device for any gardener. Not knowing what bait to use, I used cheese, taping it down on the spring, and voila! two days later, I had my culprit. I then drove about five miles away and let the critter loose in the woods where he or she would not hurt anything. Problem solved! These traps are great tools and come in various sizes depending on the problem animal.

At Havahart 1025 Two Door Cage Trap for Squirrels 17.5 x 5.25 x 7.25

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September 11, 2009

McCulloch Electric Chipper/Shredder for easy mulch and compost


Here is an item on my wish list. A chipper shredder makes mulch out of garden and pruning waste. McCulloch chipper/shredders make quick work out of twigs and small branches. The 3-way feed makes it easy to reduce your yard waste in a minimal amount of time. This will not do the big limbs, but it saves you packing your leaves in bags for pickup because you have made your own mulch. The shredded waste can also be composted.

At McCulloch MCS2001 14-Amp Electric Chipper/Shredder

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September 10, 2009

Black & Decker Cordless Grass Shear for careful lawn trimming


This is the tool that will trim those difficult areas of the lawn where a surgical cut is necessary. You can avoid cutting the flowers and get around large plants and rose bushes without damaging them. It will run for 35 minutes without charging and comes with a battery charger.

At Black & Decker 3.6-Volt Cordless Grass Shear #GS500

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September 9, 2009

Flowtron The Ultimate Mulcher 8 Amp Electric Leaf Shredder

4143B725F0L._SL500_AA280_.jpgHere is another shredder that works on leaves, making a mulch out of them. It has settings for pine needles and grass and reduces 11 bags of leaves into one bag which can then be spread on vegetable and flower beds to protect them against frost and keep them moist. This mulcher works only on leaves and it's a good idea to wear eye and ear protection while using it. You won't have to pile bags and bags of leaves for the city to take away with this machine to help you.

At Flowtron LE-900 The Ultimate Mulcher 8 Amp Electric Leaf Shredder

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September 8, 2009

Orbit Brass Garden Hose Y Connector makes two faucets out of one

I use these simple brass Y connectors on all my garden faucets so that I can have both a timer to irrigate a large swath of the garden every other day, and the other goes to a hose I can place at a dry spots for extra watering. Both of the prongs have shut off valves that can be adjusted to give the amount of water you want. The Y connector is made to last. I've had mine for 10 years and they still work.

At Orbit 58248 Brass Garden Hose Y Connector With Shut-Off Valves

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September 7, 2009

Mammoth Red Clover Cover Crop overwinters and provides nitrogen


A cold front has made me think of fall. I have some bare places in the garden and it's a good time to start a cover crop that will over winter and provide nitrogen when tilled under in the spring. Mammoth red clover can be sown in spring, summer or fall. It can take temperatures down to 10 degrees and grows to 3 feet high. This clover does well in clay and acid soils. You can also make tea from the flowers.

At Mammoth Red Clover (OG) - 1/4 Pound - Legumes & Grasses Cover Crops & Farm Seeds

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September 4, 2009

Tricam Gorilla Dumping Cart can also carry your harvest home

41WkNZogAIL._SL500_AA280_.jpgThey call this a dumping cart and it can be used readily to haul rocks, dirt, plants, compost in or out of the garden. But I see this design as an excellent way to carry your harvested vegetables out of the garden and into the kitchen. It has a nice, flat bottom and is so deep as to crush the squash or tomatoes. When you are getting ready to can or dry your harvest, you need a sturdy cart to bring it all in.

At Tricam GOR200G 600-Pound Capacity Gorilla Carts Dumping Cart

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September 3, 2009

DAISY PAINTED Chrysanthemum are beautiful in the fall


I'm getting a selection of Chrysanthemum seeds to plant now in hopes of fall blooms. If you live where there are mild winters this is worth a try, and where it's colder, many chrysanthemums will over winter and bloom the next year. The Daisy Painted are a mix of bright colors that enliven any flower bed. The flowers reseed which is wonderful!

At DAISY PAINTED Chrysanthemum Carinatum --- 300 Flower Seeds

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September 2, 2009

Fruit Picker brings the fruit down safely


This is the best and simpliest fruit picker. The tongs will pull the fruit loose and the basket catch it without bruising. You can buy the pole to come with, or make your own to the size you need. Reliable and last for many years.

At Fruit Picker

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September 1, 2009

Earthway 50-Pound Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader for large yards and gardens


If you have a large garden and/or yard and want to fertilize or seed it this fall, this Earthway broadcast spreader will make the work easy. The large tires roll over rough ground easily. It spreads fertilizer at evenly and the rate can be adjusted from the handle. It holds 50 pounds of material and has excellent reviews from users.

At Earthway 2150 Commercial 50-Pound Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader

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