Gardener gifts 2.0

Thu. Dec. 5, 2019

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 It’s not too late!  To tell your loved ones what the gardener in their life wants for Christmas!  Tools, an essential part of gardening! This is the gift to spend the extra dollars for quality.  You won’t regret it.

never thought of an earthworm as a tool, but okay… just not the imported kind! Snake might be a better tool, but I wouldn’t buy one!

One of the top tools is the Hori Hori Japanese gardening knife.  Hori means “digging” in Japanese. This knife has been called the MacGuyver of gardening tools.  A brand that comes highly recommended at a reasonable price is Nisaku for about $22. There are LOTS of other styles out there. I’m not endorsing this one, just showing you!

Hori Hori knife by Nisaku

 For those who are tired of trying to pull weeds from pavers, comes the patio knife.   It’s eco friendly since no chemicals are involved!   Use the hook side for joints, and the knife side for beveled edges. Constructed of tempered boron steel, with ash hardwood handle.

Patio knife

 I happen to love my Burpee tomato cages.  The pro series offers sturdy, stable 4-sided cages that work well for flowers too. The non-rusting, long-lasting galvanized wire cages fold flat for easy storage. Mine are green, but they sell red too.  I can’t tell you the number of cheap cages I’ve fought with and finally tossed!

2019 tomatoes end of season. There are still blossoms on the Midnight snack

Pruners, one of the ESSENTIAL garden tools. Don’t skimp on these! Felco are my favorite. The classic Felco # 2 are great, for someone like me, with small hands, the Felco #6 is lighter weight and the handles are designed to make squeezing easier!

Felco Pruner

A tool I use a LOT, is a collapsible garden bag.  Fiskars Kangaroo collapsible is sturdy and a decent price.