Inexpensive gadgets and gear
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.