THE TOOLS EV­ERY GAR­DENER NEEDS

Chef and green thumb STEPHANIE ALEXAN­DER re­veals what to pack in­side your kit

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health -

TROWELS & FORKS “It’s “im­por­tant to have strong hand trowels and forks to clear away a weeds, and a pair of pruners for tidy­ing up your plants or o cut­ting back ram­pant sum­mer growth,” Stephanie says. “I “also have a rake-like tool in my range that en­ables the raised-bed r gar­dener to break up the soil prior to plant­ing.” GAR­DEN CLOCHE Stephanie S rec­om­mends all gar­den­ers have a durable gar­den cloche c in their col­lec­tion. “[They] pro­tect early basil seedlings, soft s let­tuces or baby bras­sica plants from snails and flut­ter­ing white w cab­bage moths,” she says. “A young gar­dener will also like l plant mark­ers and a ball of string for ty­ing up tomato bushes.” STOR­AGE BAG “These tools need to be kept some­where. A can­vas gar­den bag with out­side pock­ets keeps ev­ery­thing neatly stowed, and the kneel­ing pad is a great help when weed­ing those bor­ders. A small and pretty vac­uum flask can hold iced tea, wa­ter or hot bev­er­ages for when the gar­dener needs a break.”

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