New stuff to make gardening easier
Gardeners enjoy buying new implements and improvements for their favorite hobby. We shop constantly for new tools, soil improvements, planters, and paraphernalia that would make our gardens better, easier to maintain, prettier and more fun.
Fortunately, inventors, stores and catalogs provide lots of new stuff for us to consider. Here are a few you may need -
A hose is connected to the bottom of the unit and the water is turned on. When the infrared sensor detects motion up to 35-feet away, a moving, sudden burst of water and sprinkler noise chase away the intruders. The sensor can be tilted up to chase birds or down to chase cats.
It is battery operated so no electricity is needed and an LED indicator light blinks when the batteries need to be replaced.
Two or 3 cups of water is used for each action. Spray Away comes with an 8-inch plastic step-in stake that is pushed into the soil. The kit costs around $70.
|Cobra Head Weeder|
The CobraHead is curved and tipped with a flattened, slightly pointed end. To weed an area or make a seed-planting trench, the tool is scraped along the surface of the soil. The curved end makes it easy to pull weeds out by the root. Cost is around $20.
Soil Reef Biochar (www.soilbiochar.com) is a soil amendment that is available already combined with compost and worm castings so it can be applied directly into the garden.
|Soil Reef Biochar|
Biochar is a hot, new, gardening product based on ancient technology that adds charcoal to the soil to improve water retention, increase microbial life and grow healthier plants. It is thought that similar biochar products were used in Pre-Columbian gardens.
Rice University’s research paper on the effectiveness of biochar is online at http://bit.ly/H1ajMw. Boichar Compost blend sells for $40 a gallon, including shipping.
The Organics Rx product line includes pet, people and environment safe fertilizers for lawns, roses, indoor plants, vegetable, tomato, and orchids, as well as an all-purpose one. $10
In order to prune shrubs you need loppers, hand pruners and a folding saw.
For stems up to one-half inch thick use a hand pruner, for stems up to 2-inches thick use loppers and for larger branches use a pruning saw. Felco (Felcostore.com) is the pruner most often recommended. $40.
|Fiskars 17 inch Power Gear|
|Pocket Boy folding tree saw|