Gardening Gadgets – In the News

by on June 6, 2012

Put Your Knees At Ease With Handy Stool

Handy StoolGardeners, it seems, are more than willing to trade body pain for plant beauty. At least for awhile. But when you decide against tackling a task like weeding because of the discomfort your back or knees will experience, it’s time to rethink your strategy.

You need a stool—specifically, the Folding Kneeler Stool and Tool Holder. Pull weeds while kneeling on its comfortable, waterproof platform; it’s equipped with two handles for support when getting up and down. Or flip the kneeler over, and use it as a comfy seat that takes the strain off your back.

You can purchase a multi-pocket tool holder for the stool, to keep your gardening equipment at hand. And when you’re done for the day, simply fold up the stool for compact storage.

It just might become the best gardening tool you own!

Welcome Ladybugs With This Cute House

Ladybug House
Tired of mites, aphids, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles munching on your gardens every season? It’s time to call in the ladybug brigade for some help!

One ladybug can eat hundreds of garden-destroying insects each day. Though their diet consists mainly of aphids, mites, and the like, they also consume pollen and nectar. Give them a special treat by planting a few of their favorite aromatic herbs, like fennel and dill.

Make sure you add herbs and other aromatics to your garden to attract them. And offer them shelter with the Eco-Ladybug House. It gives ladybugs protection from wind, rain, heat, and cold. Made of high-impact plastic with a recycled plastic roof, this cute little house measures just 4 inches wide x 4 inches deep x 7 inches tall.

To encourage ladybugs to move in, soak a small piece of a clean sponge in sugar water and place it inside the house. They won’t be able to resist!

Grow Potatoes, Skip the Digging

Growing potatoes takes little effort and the rewards are so tasty. It’s even more fun when you don’t have to dig up the harvest! While some gardeners skip the digging by growing potatoes in buckets, there’s a better way to go: fabric pots.

Potato Grow Bags are light and porous, so excess water evaporates easily, and they don’t retain heat the way buckets and other containers can. The containers are made of BPA-free polypropylene fabric and are roomy—18 inches in diameter x 14 ½ inches tall.

Bags can be placed anywhere that gets good sunlight. Just fill with potting soil, and plant your favorite potatoes. Harvesting is easy: Simply dump the bag, sort the potatoes, and sweep up the dirt. For those who want more growing room, there’s also a jumbo size. (One caution: If you have voles, keep them out of the bags by putting hardware cloth on the ground and setting the bag on top of it.)

This year, fresh potatoes are in the bag!

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