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.
NOBLE OUTFITTERS MUDS BOOT: A not-too-clunky short rubber boot that can stand up to all seasons, including mud and snow, is hard to find. This one is a durable winner, and comfortable, too.
SANGEAN WIFI RADIO: I can’t imagine life without my Sangean wifi radio, which through its high-quality speakers (not out of the side of my laptop!) allows me to stream the world’s radio stations–like
TEA TUMBLER: A personal infuser, made of double-walled borosilicate glass, that keeps tea hot and yet isn’t hot to the touch. I drink right out of mine (there is a screen up top to keep leaves down), then refill for a second steeping.
BUSHNELL LED HEADLAMP: Entomologist friends at nighttime mothing events turned me on to Bushnell’s Rubicon 250-lumen LED headlamp, which turns out to be perfect for nighttime snow-shoveling and anytime you need light but have no hands free. Super-bright.
3 CUBIC FOOT FREEZER: I am the Freezer Queen. When I outgrew my home and office refrigerators’ freezers, I invested in a 3 cubic foot Energy Star model from Supentown with 3 basket “drawers” for orderly storage. Love it.
RISHI ORGANIC TEAS: All certified organic, from a Milwaukee-based company whose service and practices (and teas!) I like, including an exceptional selection of green teas. Get on their email list to get 15% off your first order, then watch for sale emails to stock up.
KALUSTYAN’S SPICES and more: If there is a spice, bean, specialty flour, chutney, or other ingredient I need, this 70-year-old NYC-based resource has it online and by mail, too.
RANCHO GORDO BEANS and more: Spectacular chili powder, and a selection of heirloom beans you won’t find elsewhere, for cooking (or sow a row of them!). Makes a great gift for cook friends.
JUMPSPORT REBOUNDER: After a year of rebounding, I upgraded to the Jumpsport, which is springier and has adjustable elastic cords (not fixed-tension metal springs like my first trampoline). Crazy fun. Stabilizing handlebar is optional.