Here are a few of the new gardening gadgets I picked up this year.
1. When we added the deck onto the house during the renovation, we buried one of two hose bibs. That meant that in order to water anything on the back side of the house we had to drag a hose all the way around. With this faucet extension from Lee Valley we have our second hose bib back. We simply ran a 25-foot hose under the deck to the other side of the house. This has made watering our new trees and newly planted grass much easier.
2. I’m sure the safety instructions for the Red Dragon Weed Torch do not suggest torching something with one hand while taking a picture with the other hand, but I’m crazy like that. I’ve wanted a weed torch for some time but they are usually quite expensive and I was afraid to make that kind of financial commitment to something I wasn’t sure would work. Then Genevieve at North Coast Gardening wrote a review of the Red Dragon Weed Torch for Fine Gardening magazine and for about $50, I figured it was worth a try. It uses a small screw-on propane can, like you’d use for a portable camping grill. So here’s my take on it. I like it, because it’s fun to burn stuff, but it sort of takes awhile to do it. It would be much faster to just hand-pull the weeds, but there are times when you just don’t feel like bending over anymore and this is good for that. It works really well on very very small weeds and is the perfect thing for the stone and gravel path. I would recommend wearing full shoes with it (not flip flops like I usually wear) because there are times you need to stomp a bit to put out the flames. So while I’m happy with this tool, I don’t think I would have been if I had spent any more money on it.
4. More watering accessories are next on the list (and you can see a close-up of the hose in the next picture too). I buy lots of these brass quick couplers from Lee Valley every year. Since I use a variety of watering wands, nozzles and sprinklers, I put quick connects on all of them so I can swap them out easily. The brass ones are far superior to the el-cheapo plastic ones that you often find in the hardware store. No leaks!
Note: All of the products mentioned in this post were purchased by me. I was not supplied any samples (not that I’m opposed to that, mind you) and have not received any compensation from any product or company mentioned in this post. I just like this stuff and thought you’d want to know about it.