In a recent conversation with a gardening friend she told me that she’d removed the row covers from her grow boxes, where the chard is growing abundantly, and where “I found my good reading glasses which I’d lost.”
Meanwhile I cannot for the life of me find my favorite trowel, it must be camouflaged in a bed somewhere. All this leads me to ask: What have you lost in the garden? (Sanity excepted.)
I’ve lost, and thankfully found, just about every tool, sunglasses, waterbottles, etc. imaginable. Last year I hit on a super idea….yellow duck tape!!! I wrap it around the handles of all my tools, stakes, water bottle, etc. It works great. I’ve used red but that seems to fade fairly quickly. The yellow stands out even under the bushiest of plantings. Try it….you’ll like it!!! :D
I once lost my best carbon steel perennial fork. I looked everywhere. I would have bought a new one, but the company I bought it from stopped selling them. About a year later, my mother-in-law asked me if I might have left some tools in her garden and there it was.
I also can’t find my favorite pole pruners. I had to replace them this winter so I could prune the fruit trees. I’ve got to stop leaving things in other people’s gardens!
I lost a very nice Henckels knife that I foolishly grabbed to cut some twine when I couldn’t find scissors. I’m fairly certain it landed in the compost so I will be digging and sifting it with the utmost caution!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.