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We Have You Covered With These Watering Tools


Maintaining green lawns, lush flowerbeds, or productive vegetable gardens usually means homeowners need to give Mother Nature a little boost. Proper watering tools including watering cans, hoses, sprinklers, and related accessories can make managing water levels a lot easier. Be sure to buy the right tool for the job: That 25-foot hose may seem like a bargain until it can’t reach those farthest garden rows, and a tiny indoor watering can. Will not have the capacity for all those outdoor planters. When buying a garden hose, do not buy the cheap ones. Garden hoses are a necessity to all gardeners. Hoses are in the watering tool category and, as with any job, it is essential to select the proper watering tool for the job. Using Hoses in the Garden There are also specific uses for specific garden hoses. Sprinkler hoses are capped at one end and water is then forced out of little holes along the gardening hose. Sprinkler hoses are often used for watering lawns or new planting beds. Soaker hoses are made from a porous material that allows water too slowly seep into the root zones of newly planted beds. The primary purpose of flat garden hoses is secure storage.

1.  Our 50 ft. Garden Hose Vinyl, 5 Ply garden products reflects designs that are current or en vogue. It doesn't necessarily reference historical design styles and often provides a feeling of everything in its place. They are named for its high quality, durability, stability and withstanding capacity for generations. We offer unique, creative and innovative, inspiring designs, luxurious look texture for all kind of space and variety of selections for shopping.

2.  Our Hi-Rise Spike Sprinkler products
Reflects this Hi-Rise Spike sprinkler is fantastic! It took about 10 seconds to adjust the water pressure to the amount we needed for our size garden, and we were done. This waters from the very center of the sprinkler out to all sides. There are some top holes in the arms and a top slot in the very center. This is the one. I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this sprinkler for a home garden.... some of the best money I ever spent! If you have large areas of water? Try this sprinkler out.

3.  100 ft. Xpanding Hose - Green If you have not tried one of these hoses you are missing out. We use ours on the deck for easy watering. It is not like the traditional hose, it has a green coat, which makes itself looks more beautiful and attractive. It's made of Natural latex tube & Dacron, which is Environmental and Non Toxic. The amazing expandable hose. Turn on the water and watch this mini hose grow to a maximum length full-size hose! Super light and easy to handle. When you turn off the water to the Pocket Hose, it shrinks back to its original size. Perfect for gardens, terraces, patios, windows and more, you turn on the water and watch the Hose grow and grow and grow! Car Washing, Watering Flowers / Vegetables, Washing Windows/Walls/Floor/Fish Tank, garden, RV, pool, boat, etc. Indoor use is a breeze, excellent for filling the hot tub too.

4.  • Perfect For The Homeowner and Ideal For General Purpose Spraying, Gardening Applications, and Pest Control, Durable 24 Inch Poly Wand and Shut-Off Valve Assembly
45 Inch Pvc Hose, and Easy-To-Fill Funnel Top
Large Pump Handle With A Built-In Wand Retainer, and Pressure Relief Valve Plastic Adjustable and Flat Nozzles

5.   Tough Cleaning Sharp Stream, Rinsing Full Flow and Cone Spray Put Quality In The Palm Of Your Hand, Heavy Duty, Full Size, Die Cast Zinc Body, Brass Valve Stem, Stainless Steel Spring, Heavy Duty, Full Size, Hold Open Clip For Continuous Spraying, Self Adjusting Duck Packing For Lifetime Leak Proof Seal.

6. 2.5 Gallon Watering Can
Behrens watering can is perfect for your home outdoor watering needs. This classic hot dipped steel watering can have a large rosette that disperses water stronger than plastic and is more durable.
7.  If you're looking for a serious sprinkler you can still count on several years from now, try this pulsating sprinkler from the Melnor Heritage line. It is built of durable, non-corrosive, all-metal parts and is guaranteed by Melnor for as long as seven years. The base is constructed of durable zinc, heavily coated, and sealed in Green enamel. This model covers a maximum radius of 42.5 feet or 5,600 square feet in a circular shape. The sprinkler adjusts to water anywhere between 20 degrees to a full 360 degrees. You can lower the stream to cut spray radius down for smaller watering jobs. With this capacity and versatility, you should be able to cover most yard sizes and shapes in just a couple of passes. If you've got a large yard and plan on keeping it green for a long time to come, this sprinkler is worth considering. It is backed by a 7-year limited warranty.

8.  Get to the root of your garden and flower beds with the Miracle-Gro Soaker Hose. Create a customized irrigation system with this easy cut-n-connect hose that allows you to control and customize the watering of your garden, vegetables, and flower beds.
This innovative system delivers moisture straight to the roots, where the water is needed most. This soaker hose system is made of 65% recycled materials and uses up to 70% less water than standard hoses.

Which Garden Hand Hoe Is Right For You? Let's Explain: Part 2

Garden Hand Hoe: Part 2

I researched a little deeper this week. Always in search of good tools to make gardening much more pleasant and less stressful, if there is such a thing? I am happy eight days, and vegetable plants are sprouting. All hoes have the same basic structure and purpose: a long handle with a paddle, blade, or stirrup at the end, typically at an angle to the handle. As I have found not all hoes are created equal. The uses for hoes are to cultivate the garden soil and to remove weeds. Even with this basic design, there are a few variations, and using hoes in the garden successfully means choosing the right one: for your needs, Paddle, or Draw, hoe. The basic gardening hand hoe goes by many names, including paddle, draw, chopping. These are excellent general hoe that can help you dislodge weeds by the root or mound and shape soil. You can find versions of this with smaller paddles for tight spaces and in lighter weights. If you aren’t sure how to use a hoe that is more specialized, this is an excellent place to start. Read more about Gardening Know How: Different Garden Hoes – Learn How To Use A Hoe For Gardening https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/tools/different-garden-hoes.htm. Stirrup hoe. While the paddle hoe is usually used by pulling it back or making a chopping motion, you can use the stirrup with a back-and-forth motion that helps to dig out stubborn weeds without displacing a lot of soil. I like the paddle hoe, must be modified to a slim blade easier to slide through the soil no chopping for me.  The paddle or blade on this type of hoe is long and thin. This hoe is designed to weed in narrow spaces, and the blade rides parallel to the surface of the soil. Because of the angle of the blade, you can use it without bending over, which is excellent for the back. I have found five more hoes to explore; I will let you check them out and see what you think? 

1. Weed Shredder
The weed shredder the tool with teeth. Back and forth motion shreds weeds. Made of tempered spring steel. Two different sizes the long one measures 54-inch handle and the short measures 13 inch handle the blades on both measures 5 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. Made in the USA

2. Japanese Ika Hoe
The Japanese Ika Hoe is a personal favorite for weeding around perennials including small fruit trees, shrubs, and medicinal herbs.   It is also well suited to prepping an area (weeding, working in compost, etc.) that is too small to allow a full-length tool.
It also makes quick transplant holes for veggie starts or bulbs.
The flat blade is suitable for scraping off weeds just below the surface, while the three prongs excel when you want to remove roots as well.   Small bunch grasses can be popped out like a lever.
   Fully forged from a single piece of steel, there are no welds to break.  The wedge left protruding can be tapped in incrementally if the head begins to get loose.  This one is very sturdy and an excellent value for the price.

3. Heavy Duty Garden Hoe
This is our original Rogue Hoe design, and we're still proud of it. The head is 7" wide and sharp on three sides for working in tighter areas. This hoe has a heavier head and heftier handle (1 3/8") than the other garden hoes. For those who want to move more dirt -- it's an excellent choice. It's a favorite for men but used by many ladies as well. I found these doing my research, I am going to get one the perfect hoe, just how I would use a hoe, sharp with pointed corners for getting in tight areas. http://www.prohoe.com/garden_hoes.html

An heirloom hand-forged garden tool from Korea with a specially designed 7" steel blade. The curvature of the pointed blade allows the soil to be thrown to the side like a plow which makes it easier to dig holes and trenches. The edges of the blade are used to level, mound, loosen soil, and cover seeds. Wood handle. 60" overall. 

5. Pull Hoe (6 inches) by Sneeboer
A customer favorite, this garden pull hoe by Sneeboer has a traditional hoe shape and is a tried and true weed killer. The sharp edge of this garden hoe has a unique angle allowing it to slice right through weeds and leave the surface clean. The stainless steel blade is strong enough for hardest of soils. This pull hoe is hand-forged from stainless steel and fitted with a long, back saving, Ash hardwood handle from FSC Certified forests. Very well-crafted hoe, I would love to have this in my tool collection. I found more, enough for a 3rd article but that enough, for now, you get it. I look forward to seeing weeds again. This turned into a very interesting topic. If there is such a thing this hoe is sexy! 4/5/2018

A Gardener's Haven: Ideas For Neatly Storing Your Garden Tools In the Garage




If you're a gardener, then you probably enjoy time outside creating a beautiful garden that you can be proud of. After all, tasty fruits, vegetables, and herbs, fragrant and beautiful flowers and foliage, and verdant greenery are some of the hallmarks of a successful garden that many people can enjoy. But if you want to have such a successful garden, then you also need the tools to plant and maintain it. You want your supplies and tools to be organized, easy to find, and you want them to be maintained so as to avoid rust and other damage. If you are a gardener who needs help creating the perfect storage and organization system for your garden tools, read on for a few tips.





A Garden Tool Utility Sink

Say goodbye to dirty, rusty tools by utilizing a sink. Keeping your garden tools clean is part of keeping gardening tools organized and maintained, so if you have the space, consider adding a sink in your garage. You will be able to wash the dirt off of all of your tools quickly and efficiently.







Wire Bins
Garden storage doesn't need to be a chore when you have the right type of bins. Plastic-coated wires is a great option because you can easily see what is in each of your bins. They also make an annual clean-up a snap because they wash off easily and dry quickly.








Magnetic Storage

For both shed and garage storage, a magnetic strip is an ideal way to store small, sharp tools, such as pruning shears. Not only will your tools be more organized, but they will also be less of a hazard for you or anyone else who uses that space.



Tool Hanger

Who wants to be constantly picking up hoes, rakes, and shovels that topple over every time someone closes the garage door? A tool hanger will ensure that long-handled items are always neatly organized on the walls, and you'll feel better knowing that no one will trip over them.




Image Credit: Immaculate Garage

Storage Shelves

If you're like a lot of gardeners, your storage shed might be just a corner of your garage. To optimize you space for your garden tools, install the large shelves, but don't shy away from also using smaller shelving for spaces that are more cramped. Seed packets and small tools, such as a trowel, are often best stored in smaller spaces so they don't get lost among your larger items. Get stacking bins for small tools and hooks for larger ones. 


When your garden supply area is neatly organized, you will have more time to spend in your garden. That means that there will be more fragrant flowers, fruits, and vegetables to enjoy. And you'll also have more time to spend with friends and family who can enjoy them with you.


Which Garden Hand Hoe Is Right For You? Let's Explain: Part 1

Gardening Hand Hoes

A little research on garden weeding hoes and Wow did I find some cool tools. Weeding is part of gardening face it, so you may as well have a helpful tool to work with. The image of a gardener hunched over his garden hoe, scraping weeds out of the soil, may be cliche, but for a good reason. Hoe's do an excellent job of keeping plants at bay, without having to bend down and grab them. There are several types of hoes -- square, broad, V-shaped, bar-shaped hand hoe and they all do the job. You should try out a few to see which you find preferable. In general, a rolled steel blade that has been riveted to the handle will be the sturdiest. After that, it depends on your needs. Check the selection we have in store for you. I hope you can find one to suit your needs because weeding is everyone's favorite past time? I do not mind weeding. The sun on your back feels right. Unless you are organic and then all you do is cut the flowers off of the weeds and leave roots. I like things neat, so I weed. I will try no-till in the future. I found some Cool tools at hosstools. Yes, American Made! https://hosstools.com/product/push-pull-hoe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4yoYTn0KjQ Clarington Forged 

1. Push-Pull Hoe
Has changed the game when it comes to hand weeding. Amish-crafted in Lititz, Pennsylvania, this hoe has quickly become our favorite hand hoe in the garden shed. The V-shaped head on the Push-Pull Hoe allows you to weed with a push-pull motion which is much quicker and more effective than repeatedly lifting and impacting the soil with a traditional hoe. The hardened steel blade is sharpened on both sides which allows you to cut weeds in both forward and backward directions. The sharp point easily penetrates any soil type to remove the most deeply rooted weeds. Push the hoe forward to cut a plant (root and all) from the soil, then pull the scraper backward to displace the entire weed. The Push-Pull Hoe also works excellently as a scuffle hoe. The push-pull motion allows you to skim the surface and eliminate small surface weeds. This is the perfect garden tool for close weeding to delicate plants. The V-shaped head will enable you to weed closer to plants than any other hoe without the risk of damaging your vegetable plants.

2.Dutch Scuffle Hoe
I've searched high and low for a specialty garden hoe like this, in the "dutch hoe" configuration, and wanted to get high quality as well. There are some import junk options, but this is not one of them. It's pricey, there's no denying that, but you get a lot for your money with this tool. The weld quality is good; the blade is sharp, sturdy and well attached to the handle. Clarington Forged Dutch Scuffle Hoe - amazon.com You won't break this tool using it in the yard and adequately cared for, it should last a lifetime. You can feel the quality in the heft and balance of this tool when you pick it up, and especially when you put it into the ground and use. All around, superbly crafted (made in England!) and something you will be proud to have in your weeding arsenal. Wish I had found this years ago! https://www.amazon.com/Clarington-Forged-Dutch-Scuffle-Hoe/dp/B00D8GS9A6

3.Hula Hoe
An ordinary flat hoe — the only kind you see in most garden centers — is good for moving and smoothing soil. For weeding, though, the Hula Hoe (also called a stirrup hoe or scuffle hoe) is a far better tool for the job. The sharp steel blade skims horizontally below the soil surface, slicing through weed roots while leaving the soil in place. Amazon.com: Hula Hoe: Garden & Outdoor The edge is designed to have a little play in it so that it cuts at the correct angle on both backward and forward strokes.

4. Korean long handle weeders
An heirloom hand-forged garden tool from Korea with a specially designed 7" steel blade. The Korean long handle weeders curvature of the pointed blade allows the soil to be thrown to the side like a plow which makes it easier to dig holes and trenches. The edges of the blade are used to level, mound, loose soil, and cover seeds. Wood handle. 60" overall. The Korean long handle weeder, an heirloom hand-forged garden tool from Korea with a specially designed 7" steel blade. The curvature of the Korean long handle weeder is pointed blade allows the soil to be thrown to the side like a plow which makes it easier to dig holes and trenches. The edges of the Korean long handle weeder the blade are used to level, mound, loose soil, and cover seeds. Wood handle. 60" overall. Buy one today! A KOREAN LONG HANDLE WEEDER / CULTIVATOR these are nice to work with.

5. Korean Weeder and Cultivator
An heirloom hand-forged garden tool Korea weeder and cultivator with a specially designed 7" steel blade. The curvature of the pointed blade allows the soil to be thrown to the side like a plow which makes it easier to dig holes and trenches. The edges of the blade are used to level, mound, loosen soil, and cover seeds. Wood handle. 7" x 3" head. 11.25" overall heirloom hand-forged garden tool from Korea with a specially designed 7" steel blade. The curvature of the pointed blade allows the soil to be thrown to the side like a plow which makes it easier to dig holes and trenches. The edges of the blade are used to level, mound, loosen soil, and cover seeds.

Conclusion: Here are just a few garden weeding and cultivating tools. I will pick out 5 More next week to discuss and present to you for FYI. I would be pretty happy to see a weed about now. 7-11" of snow forecasted for tonight and tomorrow. In Northern WI 3/30/2018


Down and Dirty with Potting Soil Recipes


What is Potting Soil and How is it Different Than Garden Soil?
Whether you use it with houseplants indoors, or for window boxes outside, potting soil is an essential element in any garden container. That's because potting soil is different than gardening soil: It is lighter and airier, so helps to keep water moving from top to bottom and keep plant roots as healthy as possible. Garden soil, on the other hand, runs water to the base and holds it there.
But pre-packaged potting soil can be expensive, mainly if you have lots of containers and flower boxes. Fortunately, you can make homemade potting soil quickly and easily with readily available ingredients.
   Tailor your potting-soil mixture to the types of plants you want to grow to give them maximum nutrition. You can ensure healthy plants by taking control of the soil used to grow them. To make your potting soil, tailor the ingredients you use in your mix to how you will be using it. Below are some sample recipes that can guide your venture, but feel free to experiment with ingredients to suit the nutritional needs of your container garden. Pick up these must-have soil-mixing ingredients before getting started. A slick way to mix soil is in a Compost Tumbler, wheelbarrow, steel tub, I have even used a turkey basting pan, anything with sideboards, not to lose to much soil as you are mixing. For large batches mix in a wheelbarrow and use my mantis tiller to do all the mixing. The mantis tiller also does a good job of mixing compost, it will get clogged a bit.

1. General Potting Soil Mix
6 gallons sphagnum peat moss
1/4 cup limestone
4¼ gallons vermiculite or perlite
4¼ gallons compost
Mix 2 cups rock phosphate, 2 cups greensand, 1/2 cup bone meal and 1/4 cup kelp meal, and add 1½ cups of this fertilizer blend to the finished mix.

2. Potted Perennial and Shrub Mix
1 part compost
1 part coarse sand
1 part sphagnum peat moss
1 part composted pine bark
2 T. lime for each shovel of peat moss
6. General Potting Soil Mix

3. Peat-Soil Combination Mix
2 parts vermiculite
3 parts sphagnum peat moss
2 parts perlite
2 parts dehydrated manure
3 parts garden soil
1/2 part bone meal

4. Soil-based Container Mix
1 part screened compost
1 part garden soil
1 part coarse sand or a mix of vermiculite and perlite
4. Peat-Soil Combination Mix

5. Seedling Soil Mix
Five parts finely screened compost
Four parts garden soil
1-2 parts coarse sand
1-2 parts sphagnum peat moss
2 T. lime for each shovel of peat moss

6. Succulent soil mix
1 part Use all-purpose potting soil as the base ingredient
1 part Perlite and pumice
1 part Coarse Sand
Perlite or Pumice

   Whether you use it with houseplants indoors, or for window boxes outside, potting soil is an essential element in any garden container. That's because potting soil is different than gardening soil: It is lighter and airier, so helps to keep water moving from top to bottom and keep plant roots as healthy as possible. Garden soil, on the other hand, runs water to the base and holds it there.
   But pre-packaged potting soil can be expensive, mainly if you have lots of containers and flower boxes. Fortunately, you can make homemade potting soil quickly and easily with readily available ingredients. I have had my share of recipes over the years mainly for cooking; now we have an arsenal of dirt recipes to play with feel free to modify at your convenience. Spring is still a long ways off for us in Northern Wisconsin. I will be starting some seeds, within the next ten days. Our last freeze is usually in the first week of June. Lots of work to do before then. Happy Gardening to all! 3/22/2018

How to Create a Garden That is Both Beautiful AND Functional!



The knowledgeable gardener's goal is designing and installing gardens that are beautiful, productive and functional. While appearing to be quite easy on paper, reality proves these goals can be quite a challenge to achieve. Here are a few ideas that may serve to challenge the imagination.

Edible Landscaping
Plants that bear fruit are part of the increasingly popular movement promoting edible landscaping. Gardeners find berry plants used as a lovely way to provide ground cover when planting a garden. When searching for plants providing cover for bare spots, consider using traditional fruits. Strawberries, for example, send out rapid growing runners that quickly fill in unsightly patches of dirt. Fruit subsequently harvested is delicious when freshly picked. Strawberries and other fruits planted in the garden provide year-round enjoyment when preserved.

Natural fence
Thorny berry plants are a practical option when planning a fence to keep pests and animals out of the garden area. Berry shrubs are an attractive alternative to traditional fences. When barriers are necessary, mature berry-filled shrubs help create and maintain boundaries.

Bird watching
Finally, enjoy the delightful sight of butterflies, birds, and hummingbirds fluttering to relish the nectar of flowers in the spring and summer, and berries through autumn and winter. Bird lovers can find pleasure in this enchanting display throughout all seasons, no messy bird feeder needed.

Pot's and Planters "Container Gardens"
Urban dwellers have joined the traditional rural gardener in a quest to grow sustainable gardens. Using pots, barrels, and other containers of every shape and size is a creative gardening technique that maximizes the space available to you.

Hiding outdoor appliances
Unusual flower or plants growing in pots offer stunning ornamental effects. On a practical note, pots and containers filled with flowers serve as an ideal spot to place outdoor wireless cameras. They can also conceal ground-level windows from potential intruders, hose coils, etc.

Cleaning the air
Plants proving quite adaptive to living in pots or containers include ferns. They provide a valuable service by keeping weeds at bay while giving a uniform appearance. Ferns provide essential amenities in filtering impurities from the air. Experts recommend using ferns as a way to cleanse the air around your home. By acting as air purifiers, ferns offer significant value, making them highly beneficial to our health.

Natural pest control
Many plants are highly resistant to bugs, pests, and diseases:

Petunias
Marigolds
Lavender
Chrysanthemums
Sunflowers
Tansy
Basil
Rosemary
Mint
Catnip
Lemongrass
Borage
Garlic
Onions

 Furthermore, animal pests like deer and rabbits find ferns distinctly unattractive. As these animals are capable of causing considerable havoc to plants and garden, ferns prove helpful in preventing them from trespassing the garden area.
   Plants do more than just improve your home’s curb appeal. They clean the air, provide natural pest control.

Top Tricks for Better Herb Gardening


Top Tricks for Better Herb Gardening

Do you like the idea of growing and cooking your own herbs, rather than spending a lot of money for them? A kitchen garden of your own guarantees freshness and the confidence of knowing where your plants come from. With a little know-how and patience, you can even create your own essential oils using herbs you grew yourself.


First Steps for Beginners

Choose seeds and seedlings from sustainable sources in your area. Your local plant nurseries are likely to have these. Start with one or two herbs you're likely to use the most. Parsley and oregano are tried and true favorites. If growing outdoors, bring in a sample of your soil and ask the experts which plants are best for it, and how to fertilize and improve the soil. Apartment dwellers can grow herbs in containers with generic potting soil.

Seeds or Seedlings

Growing from seeds takes longer than seedling plants but is less expensive and more satisfying when you see your baby plants first poke their heads above the soil. Seeds are also better if you're growing perennials such as oregano, mint, or chives. Some can be grown from cuttings. Many people start herb gardens indoors during the last part of winter or early spring, transplanting outside when warmer weather arrives.

Where to Start Your Garden

Most herbs should be planted in an area that gets full sun. Some like mint or parsley don't need quite as much and you should grow outdoors if at all possible. Your plants will produce better, attract helpful bees and butterflies, and prevent soil erosion. If growing indoors, put your garden in a sunny window. If you don't have one, get a grow lamp.

Maintaining Your Plants

Keep herbs well-watered, allowing them to dry out somewhat between watering times. Check for bugs often, even indoors. If spiders set up shop near your indoor garden, leave them to it. They're often harmless and will help take care of other pest problems. Economize by making your own compost or natural fertilizers. Crushed eggshells, green tea, and coffee grounds are often used.
Herbs usually keep producing throughout the summer. If you grow annuals, save the seeds for next year's crop. According to doTERRA products, essential oil extraction requires large quantities of your chosen herb, so the more you can plant the better.


You can grow helpful herbs no matter where you live. It is a great way to begin learning about gardening, and it's good for your health, the environment, and your pocketbook.

We Have You Covered With These Watering Tools

Maintaining green lawns, lush flowerbeds, or productive vegetable gardens usually means homeowners need to give Mother Nature a little bo...