Re: most valuable purchase
Like most gardeners each year I add to my gardening
I love gadgets, especially effective tools. This year I found
Radio Shack's electrician's headlight ($6.95), which is just perfect for
my after-dark seek-and-destroy slug hunts. I water at dusk, then after
dark put on my headlight, take up my scissors, and go forth to slay the
beast. The light frees me hands--I can even have a scissor in each hand!
I cut in half every slug I see. I've been doing this for four summers,
and every year I find fewer and fewer slugs. It takes me about a half an
hour to check all my beds. Slugs are nearly all water, and the corpses
are gone by morning. This method eliminates the waste of salt, beer, ammonia,
Lets hear about other treasured acquisitions.
Someone told me about Sears' Craftsmen pinlight glasses--used for the
The second thing I found this year is a little Japanese hoe from Smith
& Hawkin. It slices off weeds right below the surface of the soil and
keeps my beds looking great. It must be ergonomic because I don't have
a sore arm afterward like I do when pulling weeds.
Third, I bought a small chipper-shredder that cleanly and quietly takes
care of all my yard waste and makes composting a real cinch. I am deeply
in love with this machine. It's a Troy.
Finally, inspired by the Troy shredder, I bought their littlest rototiller,
which is manageable and efficient.
Kristi A. Groberg, Ph.D.
"Rise up, and continue . . ."