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I've made no secret about the fact that I am loving my little urban garden this year. It has produced well and I have been having so much fun with it and dreaming and planning how I will make it even better next year.
Anything that anyone pursues is always much more enjoyable if you have the right tools for the job. One thing that I have already shared this year is my harvest apron that I sewed up to wear to keep my hands free as I harvest the food from my garden. You can see how I did it on this post.
Today, I am going to share with you a few more tools that will make gardening more enjoyable and just a bit easier on your hands.
My husband picked me up these Fiskars Garden Shears at Lowe's the other day! You can also order them on Amazon. (the link is to Amazon) They are so nice to have when I'm reaching deep into a plant to harvest a zucchini or to prune some damaged leaves. Clipping is much better for the plant than just ripping something off of it. Just be sure to watch what you are cutting. (I accidentally snipped off some green strawberries the first time I used them! Oops!) I've been needing and wanting these for awhile. I'm so glad to have them!
My Wells Lamont Garden Gloves are just the thing to protect my hand from the prickly leaves and stems of some plants. Squash plants especially tend to poke my hands and there is no getting around lifting those big leaves to find the zucchini and yellow squash. These gloves were easy to work in and not clumsy feeling at all. I was able to used my shears while wearing them with no problem.
I just ordered myself these terra cotta watering spikes to use in my garden while we go on vacation for a week. Alicia tells me that they work great and so do the reviews on line. A week in Phoenix heat will give them a true test!
I picked up this watering timer at Walmart for my front flower/vegetable bed early this year. It has been a life saver. I should get one for my back garden, but I haven't yet. That is why I ordered the watering spikes. You can find similar ones on Amazon.
Going along with my timer, is my soaker hose. The great thing about the soaker hose is that I can move it around as I take out and put in new plants. It is very easy to do and I can place it right at the base of the plants where the water is needed. This one is from Walmart. Walmart has the best price on these that I have found.
Finally, don't forget to feed your plants once a month! Lindsey and I have found that Miracle Gro does such a great job! My plants have never been healthier than they are this year and I have been using Miracle Gro religiously!
Two more favs that are less about products and more about DIYs that work against pests:
There you have it! Our current garden favs! If you have anything to add, please let us know and we will add it to our list of things to try!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!