'horticultural how-to and woo-woo' | margaret roach, head gardener
Fave Group: garden tools
December 2, 2016
Water Right Lightweight Hoses
WATER RIGHT HOSES: Many years ago I gave away all my too-heavy garden hoses in favor of lightweight, drinking-water-safe and US-made ones by Water Right Inc. The 400, 500 and 600 series each have slightly different diameter; most of mine are 500 series. My favorite color is the olive. The most asked-about tool here in my garden during tours.
RAIN GAUGE, from Johnny's Selected Seeds, has been my go-to gauge for eons. Every few years I forget and let one freeze and crack, and order a few more. I have them stationed around the yard and oh, are they ever accurate. Low tech and wonderful.
STAINLESS HORI-HORI KNIFE: Part trowel, divider, weeder and just general all-round workhorse, and even better than my original Japanese weeding knife, which wasn't stainless. A brilliant upgrade that is particularly brilliant between pavers and other cracks and crevices.
STAINLESS EDGER: If my half-moon step-on edging tool ever dies (a model that's no longer made), this stainless Sneeboer is the near-identical replacement. Good edging makes a world of difference, and (like mowing) you get instant gratification: things look better right away!
THE LECTURE that he’s been giving for a number of years is not-so-subtly called “Kill Your Lawn.” Ecological horticulturist Dan Jaffe Wilder knows that starting over and creating an entire native habitat instead of a lawn isn’t for everyone. But Dan just wants to grab our attention and get us to start to make some changes at least in the way we care for the turfgrass we do want in our landscapes. And maybe give up a little square footage of it to some other kind of more diverse planting, too, like the wild strawberries (Fragaria virginiana, inset). Alternative, more eco-focused styles of lawn care, along with some lawn alternatives is what he and I talked about on the podcast. Dan is Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Wales, Massachusetts, and its 8,000-acre sanctuary. He’s also co-author with Mark Richardson of the book “Native Plants for New England Gardens.”