February 16, 2009
If you're looking for a watering can with a little personality, check out these pig and rooster watering cans. They hold 3 quarts of water and prove that form and function can go together to make your garden beautiful!
The Pig Watering Can is on sale at Wind and Weather for $24.95 and the Rooster Watering Can is on sale for $29.95.
February 11, 2009
Now this is an outside thermometer that you can actually read without going outside. Made by Conant Custom Brass, the Vermont Grande View Thermometer is made with solid brass and glass. The thermometer itself is 12 1/4" in length and the numbers are 1/2" high. Includes solid brass mounting hardware.
Available at Amazon for $44.55.
February 9, 2009
The iflyer-Birdsong Scanning Wand is one of those great gadgets that combine technology and learning in such a cool way. Open the book to a bird, scan the barcode and it will play that bird's song.
This kit comes with the wand which plays 206 bird songs and 10 frog songs, a 54 page BarCode Scan Book, SongCode labels that you can stick into your field guide at the corresponding bird, and a carry case with a strap. It's a great way to run a nature walk or teach kids about birds. Available from Amazon for $97.99.
February 6, 2009
The Triple Dial Weather Station is a great way to stay on top of all the crazy weather we've been having. It has a thermometer, a hygrometer and a barometer. There are three 4 1/4" dials set into walnut wood with a cherry or light oak finish. This instrument can be hung either vertically or horizontally. Available from Wind & Weather for $139.00.
February 3, 2009
This truly is a tool for every season. The Professional Rain Gauge will measure up to 11" of rain. I hope you never have that much rain, but if you do, it's easy to read because of the clear plastic construction. It will also measure snow and hail. At 14" high, this gauge is not shy and comes with its own mounting bracket. Available from Wind and Weather for $39.95.
February 2, 2009
If you're too busy shoveling snow or defrosting your pipes to have a pet, consider a watering can pet. These pets don't require any care, they make you smile, and they help you in the garden. They hold 6 cups of water so bring them inside for the winter to water the houseplants. Available from Wind & Weather for $29.95.
January 15, 2009
No chicken coop is complete without this!
While it may seem like an extravagance, the convenience and peace of mind it brings is well worth the price. And anyway, have you heard what other people are spending on THEIR PETS? Good grief! At least chickens give you eggs as well as companionship.
If your chickens are out foraging for bugs and grass during the day with electric fence netting or some other type of fence to keep them contained (and I really hope they are!), you have to lock them in at night so they are safe from predators. Obviously, they also need to be let out in the morning as well. But, chances are, you won't be home at sunset every day to make sure your birds are safely tucked in for the night and, in the summertime, you won't be up at 4:00 a.m. to let them out.
This automatic chicken door is the answer. The door opens and closes on a timer. Set it to open at sunrise (or just a little later after the foxes have slunk away for the day) and set it to close just after sunset. Chickens automatically go to their roost every evening when it starts to get dark so you won't have to shoo them in. Just make sure the door is set to close after sunset so no one is left out in the dark.
I confess I'm still dreaming about my automatic chicken door. But, this spring . . .
January 10, 2009
If you're not that handy, but you still want a cold frame, this is the only one worth buying. It's
made in Maine from 1 1/4" white cedar. In other words, it's built to last and it won't blow away in the wind like some of the flimsy ones available on Amazon. They use double-walled polycarbonate glazing which is lightweight and also not prone to breaking like glass. It also has 2 open positions for the "roof" that folds away from you instead of one big panel that lifts up.
Available at Johnny's Seeds for $325.00. No, it's not cheap, but, then again, you won't be calling up to find out how to return it, either. Think of it as a mini-greenhouse and the price won't seem so high! Or, calculate how many salads you could grow in it to make your money back.
January 9, 2009
Here's a great winter project that you'll use very soon. Build your own cold frame with these plans from Wood Magazine. Download the PDF which includes zoomable pictures, exploded-view drawings and a materials list. This cold frame foldable so it stores easily when not in use.
At $5.95, it's the most affordable way to get a cold frame. Plus, chances are, you'll build it way better than the cheap and flimsy ones out there for $100+. If you spend a little time over the next few weeks, it'll be ready for those early lettuce plantings.
January 7, 2009
It occurred to me that readers might not want the backwoods, industrial look of a metal trash can next to their front door like the one GardenSnob uses. Here's another storage solution for your sand, salt or ice melt and spreader for the winter season.
The Suncast Winter Storage Box ($40.24) is made from durable resin construction that won't corrode or dent as our trash can might someday. It has a clean, unobtrusive look and doubles as a seat. Hmm . . . this could do double duty and work in the garden in the summer as well.
Lo and behold, look at what I found!
Those tricky Amazonites! They're selling the same exact thing for an additional $10.25, just because it's winter! Smells like Wall Street to me. So, if you want a storage box for sand or salt, buy the Suncast SS1000 Storage Seat for $29.99, use it all year round and buy extra seeds with the money you saved.