In­ex­pen­sive gad­gets and gear

Cecil Whig - - COMICS & PUZZLES -

DEAR MARY: I just moved into my first home af­ter liv­ing in an apart­ment for the last 10 years, and I re­ally want to get started with a small tomato and herb garden. Do you have any sug­ges­tions for some tools that I should pur­chase to get started? Thanks for your help. I love your col­umn and read it daily. — Asher

DEAR ASHER: I’ve got gar­den­ing on my mind, too. We are en­joy­ing our first spring here in Colorado, which has in­tro­duced me to the phe­nom­e­non of spring fever! I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and my garden planted.

GLOVES. I tried out so many pairs un­til I found the gloves that work for me. At­las Touch Gloves are awe­some. Made of cot­ton with ni­trile coat­ing (sim­i­lar to vinyl) on the palm and fin­gers, these gloves fit so well and are so flex­i­ble I can eas­ily open a can, pick up a small peb­ble or even take a call while wear­ing them. A pack of six pairs in a size small is just $22 ($3.66 a pair). The large size costs $15 or $2.50 per pair. These gloves are machine wash­able, too. Best garden gloves ever.

TROWEL. You need a good trowel for dig­ging, cut­ting and scoop­ing dirt. It needs to have a wide, sharp edge to cut through roots and grasses in a sin­gle pass. The han­dle needs to be smooth and easy to grip. Few trow­els I’ve tried meet all of that cri­te­ria at a price I’m will­ing to pay, but this one does. The Wil­cox 14-inch Garden Trowel is per­fect in ev­ery way. The blade has a ruler that helps me make sure I’m plant­ing seeds, seedlings and bulbs at a uni­form depth. And it costs less than $20.

MARY HUNT

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