A well-trained hose
As a professional gardener, I use garden hoses a lot, and I’ve seen my share of kinks, leaks and hoses that can’t be recoiled neatly. To me, the job is complete when the garden is weed-free and well-watered — with the hose coiled and ready for next time. If asked, my coworkers might say I’m a bit obsessiv [...]
A top-quality hose is a worthwhile investment. It ensures that you can get the job done efficiently and with ease.
These sturdy hoses are made of rubber and have metal fittings.
The hot weather this summer has meant lots of watering. I recently spent most of a day going to my landscape clients to make sure their gardens and new plantings [...]
With a soaker hose, such as the Snip-n-Drip system, you can water thoroughly and efficiently.
Whenever I plant a new flower garden for one of my clients, I give the “watering talk,” in which I underscore the importance of watering during the first year. I note that standing at the garden’s edge with a hose and a sprayer (on [...]
Our Super Slim Hose, left, and Super Slim Coil Hose, right, are made from drinking water-safe polyurethane.
A spate of recent news stories have cited a May 2012 study by the Ecology Center that recommends that homeowners seek drinking water-safe garden hoses. The study highlights the potential health hazards of drinking water from some types [...]
Too much rain in my home garden.
Week of May 20
I barely worked in the garden this week at all. It was a wash, literally. Most of the Northeast experienced steady, heavy rains and Vermont was no exception. Thankfully, the weather was not nearly as severe as in the Plains, although we did experience plenty of flooding and washouts.
My big pla [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
Tomato Success Kits with customized irrigation
Lincoln grew corn in a Self-Watering Patio Planter. “I planted eight seeds per container and the yield was two full ears per plant. The variety is Sweet Maple Hybrid from Burpee.
What if you took the concept of “self-watering” a step further by adding a hose to fill the reservoi [...]
Use an angel food cake pan (or a bundt cake pan) to make it easier to shave the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife.
I used to grow enough corn that we could eat it for dinner every night during August and still have enough to freeze for winter. Once you’ve been eating home-frozen corn for a few years, it’s difficult to be sati [...]