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I need shovels and hoes and rakes. Hubby can break a shovel/hoe/rake handle in no time...went through 4 of them this past summer. Don't ask me how he does it, Mom and myself used the same shovel for 15 years before he came along...
I just got my Christmas tools!! Bought two Cobra's the small hand and the 48". Just need time to get out and try them now. Just had a few nights of freezing weather and everything is dead and needs cut back. Playing in the dirt will have to wait.
Frilly Lily, I don't have a wheelbarrow, but I want to ask somebody --- and you might know. Is it okay to use a small seed spreader like a wheelbarrow?? A certain family member won't let me do that. Why???
because he doesn't want you to use it LOL
I have no idea. It wouldn't hold much.
What are you going to carry in it? Maybe an apron would work for you or simply a small bucket?
or even some kind of plastic 'tote' or tool box
I got a neat tub thingy... sheesh I'll go take a pic for you...
Could toss in your camera, journal, drink, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves and a trowel or some bulbs, ect ect.
has a handle of course as you can see, and is about 18 inches long and a foot wide or something like that. Got it recently at Lowes.
I could have voted for them all but had to click on the last one ... I need a new back! My DH had a friend who used to say "Getting old ain't for sissy's!"
FrillyLily: Don't send that old wheelbarrow to the landfill! Sit it in the garden, fill it with compost and plant some beautiful annuals! My husband has an old rusty wheelbarrow that I've been trying to confiscate for years but he keeps repairing the handles, replacing the tires ... I might buy him a new one for Christmas so I can have the old one for flowers!
yeah, I have seen alot of those that looked really cute, but alas mine is plastic. One of those really heavy thick kind. So I don't think it would look very nice, But I will give that some thought. Maybe I could paint it or something. Would be great to lay on its side and that would create some 'shade' in a spot, since I have no shade!
hmmm. maybe a hosta spot in a full sun garden that way!
Re: gloves, my DH gets me football receiver's gloves every year, and they are terrific. They fit well and wear great. Also, since they're made for Pee Wee football up thru the pros, they come in a huge variety of sizes.
New snippers, small shovel, and rake. Defintely a garden knife, can't tell you how many kitchen knives I've ruined splitting rootballs... Many of my tools came from my Dad who likely got them from his Dad, and I hang onto them as long as I possibly can. I stock up on Atlas gloves whenever they go on sale at my feed store. I'm scheming on having a friend weld up a garden tool cart for me this year -- I've seen some that are pretty spendy and thought we could scrap something together using a small handcart as the base. New body parts...I've adopted the strategy of rotating chores often so nothing gets too stove up and that seems to work. Wrists are my main problem, too many years pounding a keyboard.
I want "golves". Where can I get them? :) Actually, I could use some new garden gloves. But only the one kind that I like that I can't remember the name of. They make a woman's small size that fits me! Come in bright colors and after a year or two I manage to bust out the fingers. That's good, though, because most gloves I have the fingers out in a month or so. I also like heavy, leather gloves which do last longer but tend to be stiff and somewhat less useful for gardening.
I second the endorsement of Atlas Gloves. I've used them for years, order them directly from Atlas by the dozen because many of my friends use me as their source for them..
When I used to sell plants at different events, I would have two pairs marked "SAMPLE"
for people to try on for size and the general feel - 4 times out of 5 if they tried it on, they'd buy a pair...often multiple pairs for their friends as gifts...you know, a true loves this type of gift. I'd sell several cases of 144 during one season. As a bonus, Atlas offers free shipping a couple of times a year...
I keep the gloves, zip-locs, box cutter and water-sorb crystals in my purse. As I told someone else here the other day, it makes for interesting conversation when I go in the courthouse and forget to take them out.
I voted new hand tools. This tool is rather expensive, but it is hand operated. A 6 row seeder from Johnny's. Only $**0.00. I have had this on my wish list for a long time. It will happen this spring!
I need new wrists, shoulders and neck. Have carpal tunnel syndrome which is very much exacerbated by use of the hand trowel. Plan to have surgery on wrists ASAP. Then possibly surgery on neck. First we see if fixing the wrists makes my shoulder pain go away. Oh the joys of aging! Well, I am happy they know what to do about all of the above problems.
Actually, I just need to repair my brushcutter. The pull cord broke. I've bought a new one, but can't get the casing open to install it. Crazy looking bolt heads. I think that I'll need to use an allen wrench or something. Seems things have been breaking lately faster than I can repair them!
As I get older (stll a young senoir) bending down is not the problem. After weeding for a while it is the getting up that hurts. While winter has finally setteled in this week in New England I guess will work on the getting up issue by using Yoga on the Wii. New new garden gloves too! Hope Santa is listening.
well, I'm going in for my left hip join replacement on Monday - had my right knee replaced in May 09, the right hip in Aug 09, and now the left one...just one joint left ...
For anyone facing hip joint replacement, check out the Anterior Approach procedure...it is so much easier on the patient, only a 4-5" incision, no therapy, and no restrictions. Just have to take it easy - no weed pulling for a few weeks and that is the tough because you feel so good, having no pain. It is incredible, to say the least...my Dr has been doing this procedure for 2+ years and has had nothing but outstanding patient comments. Google: hip joiont replacement+anterior approach if you are interested...
I've had hip joints replaced twice, first time my body rejected the glue. In 1995 had new prongs????about 12" long down into my femur, had to be very careful for a year until the bone grew tight around them. So I don't need more replacements there. Do use a couple of kneelers for different areas of the garden. New non-arthritic fingers would be great.
What I really need is a new heavy duty shredder, my 14 year old one is in shredder hosp., and he told me yesterday may not be able to fix it.
I voted for I need new hand tools, I would to love get my hands on a border fork a square edge spade and a dutch hoe, can't get them for love or money here in Japan! Anyone help? Worst thing is everything here has such SHORT handles!
I wasn't planning on it but DH got me a Gorilla Garden cart that can hold up to 600 lbs. for Christmas. Said I ain't wrapping this nor bringing it in the house. Will my life sooooo much easier come spring hauling 5,6, bags of topsoil or composted manure @ 20 -40 lbs each one by one to the back yard. Put them in the cart and pull, pull the latch and dump. What could be better??????
What could be better?
Well, if DH did it for you!
Boy, I bet he just loves it!
A wife for whom he can buy "guy stuff" for Christmas!
Keep a close watch on that!
No telling what it might be hauling come deer hunting season!
hubby doesn't hunt nor fish...watches sports, plays horseshoes (we have the pits in back to prove it), darts and pool all of which are in our basement. I haul a lot of things from large plants in containers, bags and bags of composted manure, and topsoil. This for me is gonna be great.
He says since I never wait for him to get home from work to help haul this will keep me from keeling over with a heart attack. There was a couple days early last summer he came home from work I was too red in the face from hauling and that he was comfortable with the me being home basically by myself all day.