January 6, 2009
If you don't have a Hand Held Spreader already, you might wish for one tomorrow. Yup, another ice storm is headed our way. This handy item is curiously similar to the Earthway broadcast seeder that was featured here when the grass was green. It seems to work the same way, too, although the seeder has a 110-cubic-inch hopper capacity and I don't know how to relate that to pounds. Hmm I suspect it's the same thing but just a different color - gray for winter. (I would have picked a deep blue.)
The Suncast Spreader holds up to 6 lbs or sand, salt or ice melt. It makes covering your driveway or walkways much easier and you also get an even distribution of the sand or salt. If you're like GardenSnob and you keep a small metal trash can filled with sand by the front door, store this spreader on top of the sand inside the can. Just scoop a little into the spreader and walk back and forth over the driveway. Oh, what a little planning ahead can do to make life easier! After all, there's no bad weather, only bad preparation.
Available from Amazon for $13.83.
January 3, 2009
Boy, after yesterday's review, this shovel looks like cave man equipment. Just looking at the picture makes my back hurt. Maybe it works well enough for an old fashioned shovel, but you can't get away from the fact that you still have to lift the shovel. OW!!!!!!
At $21.71, it is less money and it does have the "ergonomic handle" and wear strip but I can't stop thinking, "Big deal -so what!". I'm saving up for the Wovel.
January 2, 2009
December 26, 2008
Every once in a while, there is the sneaking suspicious that I'll get stuck in the snow. I'll park somewhere I probably shouldn't or the car will get buried by the snow plow in a parking lot. So, in early December, I switch the wiper blades to winter ones and take out the emergency snow shovel and stick it in the trunk. While I've only used it once, it sure is nice to know it's there.
Don't be too picky about the thing. The important thing is to get one and throw it in the trunk. The Fiskars Emergency Snow Shovel is as good a one as you'll find. It is 28" long, and has a steel shovel and fiberglass handle. You might throw your back out using it but that'll give you time to lie on the couch thinking about why it's not a good idea to drive in the snow.
December 24, 2008
There's no doubt about it. The ice chopper is one of my favorite winter tools. I've used it several times already and it's not even January yet.
The Ice Bully is the chopper of choice due to its carbon steel blade and rubber covered steel handle. It is made in the USA so your dollars are staying within the country, too. You might think it strange to order this online but stuff made in the USA is hard to find in the chain stores. This tool also doubles as an edger for flower beds when the grass is green.
Available from Amazon for $21.87.
December 19, 2008
If there ever was a cool garden gadget, this is it. The EasyBloom Plant Sensor senses temperature, light, humidity and drainage so you can put the right plant in the right spot. Put the Plant Sensor in the garden area you want to know more about and leave it there for at least 24 hours. Then take it out and plug it into your computer.
Search the database for plants that will thrive in that kind of environment. It will also help you diagnose what is wrong with an ailing plant that isn't doing well in that spot.
The best thing about this gadget, in my opinion, is that you can use it to find a micro-climate around your house or garden. Let's say you want to grow a plant or tree that really only does well in Zone 6 but you live in Vermont. You can place this plant sensor in that spot to see if it is worth trying to grow that expensive magnolia. Available from Amazon for $59.95.
December 18, 2008
Nope, it's not another weed wacker - it's a metal detector. Okay, so it's not a serious gardening tool, book or tip, but everyone needs a little fun now and then. And, you never know what might turn up after you rototill the garden in the spring. There's no better way to sniff around the dirt for treasures than with a metal detector.
Also, can you imagine returning home from work after it has snowed 6-12", trudging up the path, fumbling with your stuff, mittens, keys and WOOOOOPS the keys are now in the snow. But where? Keep this thing right by the door so you can find them easily. Alright, maybe that's a long shot but at any rate this is a fun gadget to play with. Available from Amazon for $84.98.
December 17, 2008
If you are going away for a week or two, and want your houseplants watered, these Aqua Globes might do the trick. They claim to keep a plant watered for 2 weeks, but one week is probably more realistic. Fill the globe with water or a diluted mix of water and plant food, and stick into the dirt in the planter. The water will slowly drain out of the tube of the globe while you are busy tanning yourself on a tropical beach (or out shoveling snow). The price seems reasonable considering they are made of glass - $15.40 for two Aqua Globes.
December 16, 2008
HO HO HUM. Here's to last week's ice storm and 12" of snow coming on Friday. Oh, and did I mention the Nor'easter scheduled for Sunday? Good grief, the winter is really starting with a bang.
The weather is frightful but we, as dedicated gardeners, can be delightful in winter especially while tending our AeroGarden.
The AeroGarden Seed Kit is a table sized garden that is perfect for the winter. This kit comes with seeds, plant food, a light and the container in which to hold it all. Perfect for a city-dweller who wants to grow herbs without all the dirt. Available at Amazon for $129.95.
December 3, 2008
This is the perfect gift for a gardener who has indoor plants or who propagates seedlings. All the tools are tiny so they fit into the hard to reach places of a houseplant and won't crush a tiny seedling.
Although small, these tiny tools are made of stainless steel with soft grip handles - better than what you find on most full sized tools. The gift set includes a mister, shovel, fork, spade, 2 kinds of clippers and a tote to carry them all in. Available from Amazon for $37.99.