Goshen News, Goshen, IN


December 13, 2013

DIRT ON GARDENING: What’s on your gardening wish list this Christmas?

It could be a garden tiller or a leaf blower, a new spade or an electric hedge shears. Or it could be something as simple as a new pair of garden gloves or pruning shears.

Gardening supplies run the gamut to outfit one for easier and simpler ways to tackle normal gardening chores. New products come on the market every year that make our lives more enjoyable and less stressful.

One such product that is available (and that I sold at the garden center) was gloves. Not just any glove, but “thorn-proof” gloves. I was not aware that these existed until they were brought to my attention by my supplier. Since we sold many roses and they needed the constant attention of pruning, moving and loading, they were a blessing to wear and remarkably efficient. They weren’t 100 percent fool-proof, but 99 percent was good. One could gently pick up a pile of rose cane trimmings with not so much as a poke.

Another product — albeit not very glamorous as a Christmas gift — is LIQUID FENCE. This product, discovered by my daughter Kim, was ordered directly from the producer as a “test” stocked item. It became so successful it was doubled and tripled the following years. Users were happily satisfied with its ability to ward off critters (rabbits and deer especially) with spray applications to their plants and shrubs. A heavy rain requires re-application, but its still well worth it. It is now available at local retail outlets.

You can garden in comfort with a new pair of garden clogs or suggest to your “gift givers” a new potting bench equipped with a potting port that will hold a sizable container to fill with your favorite potting mix.

Why not suggest a new tumbler composter to enhance your gardening soil or one of the many garden carts available — two wheelers with sizable wheels can maneuver easily throughout a garden. A chipper is also a handy tool to turn all those twigs and branches into compost or mulch.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
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