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Gardening-Spring 2011-Getting Ready
Although it's not even the middle of February my mind is already in and on my garden.
I can't wait to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. But,what I am really looking forward
to is seeing my gardens come back to life. There is still some snow on the ground and it
is a bit cold for digging in the dirt,but soon it will be time. What I like to do at this time of
year when I can't quite go out and play, is start getting my ideas and tools together. I like
to make sure I have all my tools ready,the right tools can make all the difference. Whether
you are a beginner or an expert you will find choosing your tools before the planting season,
will make all of your gardening chores much quicker, easier and more successful.When selecting
your tools,look for handles that feel comfortable.The right sized handle is all it takes to prevent
a season's worth of cramps and blisters.Consider the weight of your tools also, this is just as
important as finding the right size. If your tools are too bulky or too heavy to lift comfortably, you
will tire more quickly and get less accomplished or you may not use them at all.I prefer a medium
shovel with a grip on the handle.While everyone looks for a bargain it is best not to waste your hard
earned money on cheap,poorly made tools that will bend or break easily, and need to be replaced.
If the price of the tool seems really cheap-the tool probably is too. There is almost nothing worse
than starting a project with a tool that won't last or breaks in the middle of your project.High quality
garden tools may cost a bit more, but if you take care of them they can last a lifetime.
When planning to purchase new tools, you should consider how often you will use it.Just
an example: If you haul compost,mulch,seed or heavy equipment on a regular basis, it makes a lot
of sense to invest in a good quality wheelbarrow or a garden tractor with a utility wagon. But if you
are not really a hedge or shrub person you can do without hedge clippers.
Now is a great time to take inventory in your garden shed so that you know just what you
have and what you may need. Some helpful Items you may need are listed below.Plan ahead so
as soon as spring arrives your ready to go.
Make Your Job a little Easier
Do You Have What You Need?
I like having the following tools available for use in my garden,but you may not need the same. While having many tools is great,if you don't use them they just take up space.
Round-Point Shovel Garden Hoe
Grass Shears Hedge Shears
Lawn Rake Bow Rake
Garden Spade Trowel
Wheelbarrow Garden Hose & Reel
This is just a basic list. I also like to keep a few pair of garden gloves handy especially for
working with roses- A good pair of gloves will save your hands also.A mulch fork is also one
of my favorite tools as this makes spreading mulch go much easier and quicker. I prefer my
Cub Cadet garden tractor with a pull behind cart-this also makes it much easier on my back
while getting mulch from the pile to the garden. I have a large garden-you may only need a
wheelbarrow. I also like to have a Garden Fork on hand this is great for digging up plants,
it goes between the roots instead of chopping them off. No matter which tools you choose
for your garden, you should always keep your garden tools clean before putting them away
for the night or for the winter and it is a great idea to keep tools like shears and pruners oiled
and sharpened.If you take care of your tools you will get long lasting use out of them,and
keeping your tools clean you will help to prevent spreading diseases from plant to plant.
Gardening is so much fun and I am so excited to add to my already beautiful garden. Start
planning your garden now, get your tools ready, order any seeds or bulbs make sure your ready.
Planning ahead will allow you to spend the first nice day in your yard instead of shopping for
what you need.I am so excited for this gardening season 2011.The next step will be to decide
what plants to add to my garden. So get your tools ready.Start planning today-it will give you
much more satisfaction if you are prepared. Happy Gardening!