April 1, 2013
Garden gadgets for green thumbs
By CHRISTINA SYMONS
Along with prowling local nurseries and pawing seed catalogues for the latest plant releases and heirloom vegetables to grow, most gardeners love a few fresh gadgets to jumpstart the growing season and get the garden off to a good start. This year’s crop of garden accessories, tools and gear is colourful, stylish and useful to boot – just as any good garden should be. >>
Banish weeds once and for all – or at least give them a really good scare with this weeding tool. The high-tensile stainless steel blade features a closed loop design, allowing the Bandit to cut through high clay soils. It’s ideal for weeding and cultivating flowerbeds, raised beds, vegetable gardens, planters, and window boxes. $22.86 including shipping.
Stylish, practical and durable. What more could you ask for in a gumboot? Boots by Bogs come in a rainbow of colours, patterns and styles. This season we’re absolutely loving the vegetable Rainboot pattern and the low-riding Harper and comfy Urban Farmer styles. Ready to get down and dirty yet? Rainboot and Harper $90; Urban Farmer $100.
A runaway hit at recent home and garden shows, these bright, cheery “slipcovers” turn the ugliest plastic landscape pot into a focal point. No need to purchase new pots, re-pot your plant or discard the original plastic pot it came in. Simply purchase plants then dress them in a reusable SlipColor, sized to fit standard landscape containers. $10 (one-gallon size); $15 (three-gallon size). slipcolor.com
Don’t get kinky. These 50-foot professional-grade Dramm hoses coil easily and resist annoying tangles. Plus the cheery colours can’t be beaten! The high quality nickel-plated brass couplings are crush proof, too. $74.69.
It may look like a garden standard, but this cheery watering can offers a sprinkling rose enhanced by rubber washers for a watertight seal, which can also be removed if you desire a direct flow of water. The powder coated finish couldn’t be cheerier in sunflower yellow. $29.95.
Don’t let wrist pain keep you from the garden. These ergonomically designed tools will enable you to sow and work the soil as painlessly as possible. The comfy curve of the handle provides more leverage with less stress on your wrists. Aluminum blades are super light and effective. $54.50 set of five. leevalley.com
These eco-friendly and super cool garden markers are made from recycled aluminum. Use them to mark your seed rows or stylishly identify your shrubs and trees. The marine grade metal will last indefinitely and the markers can be wiped clean and re-used each season. They’re nice and wide, buffed and smooth. $20 set of 10. oxandmonkey.ca
This lovely collapsible shopping basket does double duty as an unexpected garden trug. Use it to transport seeds and seedlings from the nursery to the garden, or pack it full of your own home-grown flowers and vegetables. An award-winning design made from aluminum and waterproof nylon. $29.
Corrugated galvanized steel offers a modern industrial vibe, while the removable insert in these planters makes potting up easy. The Oscar is tall, durable and best of all, can be used indoors or out. For urban installations, consider multiples planted up in sexy grasses. $69.95, $89.95.
If you need an instant lift, grow vertical. This rad hanging pocket planter turns almost any vertical surface into a living wall. Made from durable tarpaulin and burlap, it allows air circulation and gradual water drainage. Use it to grow flowers, strawberries or herbs.