Category Archives: garden tools

My Favorite Gardening Tool

The Hori Hori Knife When pulling weeds, grab your hori as shown and plunge in behind the weed to loosen it and pull it out. Resist the inclination to hold it like a serving spoon (or trowel) because it’s hard … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Water — Soak!

How to make watering easier and more efficient. Soaker hoses ensure that water percolates to the root zone of your plants. This Flat Soaker Hose is especially good for smaller beds because it forms curves easily. Whenever I plant a … Continue reading

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Garden Grids for Tall Trellises

Clematis vines like to climb, so aim high. A well-grown clematis is a sight to behold. This variety blooms as the same time as the baptisia in the foreground. Our back garden is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. For years, … Continue reading

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Supports for Veggies and More!

Can you train a cucumber to climb like a pea? Cucumber plants with pea fence in place. Inside the enclosure. Ready for chilly spring nights. I’ve been using galvanized wire tomato cages for about 15 years now, and most of … Continue reading

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Know Your Grass

Ornamental grasses are reliable, beautiful and pretty much carefree. Just remember to divide them regularly. With a nod to garden designer Piet Oudolf, we planted this 50-foot border of perennial grasses, mixed with rudbeckia and echinacea for extra color. If … Continue reading

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A Recycled Compost Bin

In honor of Earth Day, I’m turning an old compost bin into a new potato bin. The three-bay bin at the north end of my vegetable garden, with the new bin behind it off to the right. Here is the … Continue reading

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At the Garden’s Edge

If you’re trying to improve the look of your garden, start at the edge. Not a bloom in sight, but the edges are looking nice. The back yard looks pretty grim at this time of year. The lawn looks terrible. … Continue reading

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