'horticultural how-to and woo-woo' | margaret roach, head gardener
Fave Group: stuff for living
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.
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.
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.
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.
RADAR SCOPE APP from Weather Decision Technologies is definitely not your average dumbed-down weather radar (and I keep promising to do the whole tutorial and learn the advanced features). If you want to play weatherman, you can even use the “draw” function to mark up your map. An app for Apple or Android.
SUPER-BRIGHT FLASHLIGHT: The Slyde 250 lumen LED flashlight by Nebo, with built in worklight (you "slyde" it open to reveal the worklight, as in photo) has a magnetic end to "hang" it up. Uses 3 AAA batteries.
THERMOPHORE HEATING PAD: A physical therapist turned me on to this arthritis-strength pro heating pad years ago, and I've even given them as gifts since. An ample 14x27 inches; get the model with auto switch that turns off after 20ish minutes.
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.”