Gardening Gift Guide # 2: Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper

# 2 Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper

I am big fan of Fiskars tools and my older version of these pruners continues to work amazingly well. A few years ago, I busted the blades while trying to cut a branch that was too large. At the time, and I think still to this day, Fiskars has a replacement guarantee for such failures. I took mine back to the store and they were replaced with a new pair. Amazing customer service.

Since then, these loppers have served me for many seasons. They are almost the perfect size for my garden. I have a larger set of loppers for big work, but 90% of what I need can be done — and done well — with these.

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Gardening Gift Guide # 1: Bosmere K767 Garden Compost Bin

# 1 Bosmere K767 Garden Compost Bin

I have had 2 of these bins for the past 8-9 seasons and they are going strong. I was lucky enough to get mine at a discount via our local recycling and composting program, but I see them listed here on Amazon.com and you might be able to find them locally, too.

Assembly was easy and fast and they have had held up very well to the weather, our beating Southern California sun and even the critters. I have added a large rock on top of each one to help keep the critters out, but that is all.

I am not an active composter — turning and tending my bins — but these composters continue to produce an almost continuous supply for my garden. Every so often I open the bottom door and take out the finished compost. The rest of the material then sinks to the bottom, leaving space on top for more material to be added. Couldn’t be easier!

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Fiskars looking for Project Orange Thumb grant applications

This item comes from the Growing a Greener World Twitter feed

#alttext#Sowing the Seeds of Community Change

As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to the growing community garden effort and all it represents — creative expression, beautiful outdoor spaces, civic and community collaboration, healthy hand-grown food and sustainable living. To support this effort, we’ve created Project Orange Thumb.
Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provided over $1 million to 115 community groups and helped to complete nine garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about our grants and garden makeovers or apply for your own grant or makeover (Online application begins November 1st).
The Community Garden Movement

Did you know about the community garden movement? People all over the country are turning to community gardens to help save money, eat healthier and build a sense of togetherness through gardening. Check out the below facts to see how the community garden movement is gaining momentum.
According to the National Community Garden Association, there are currently more than 20,000 community gardens in the U.S., up from only 6,020 in 1996
In 2009, more than 41 million U.S. households grew a vegetable garden, more than 19.5 million households grew an herb garden, and 16.5 million households grew fruit
Primary reasons given by households for growing their own food include better-tasting food (58%), savings on food bills (54%), better-quality food (51%) and peace of mind about the safety of their food (48%)
2011 Grant Application

Click here to get complete application information!

Flowers on the table



Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner at friends, originally uploaded by dewelch.

From last night’s Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner at friends

I Like This – October 1, 2010

    A collection of career items I found interesting this week.

  • A Hidden Oasis in Little Tokyo – October 1, 2010 – This looks like a nice place to visit. I wish I had know about it when I was downtown for jury duty. I think I will meet up with my friends Liam and Rachel who live near downtown and visit and then grab a bowl of ramen in nearby Little Tokyo.

Video: Repairing a damaged soaker hose

After some animal gnawed a large hole in one of my soaker hoses, I fixed it — on the cheap. This same method works for typical garden hoses, too.

** This video was shot using the iPhone 4 as a test of its capabilities.

Bag O’ Daffodils



Bag O’Daffodils, originally uploaded by dewelch.

i must admit, I was tempted by these yesterday when I was at the hardware store. I have a lovely collection of naturalized daffodils in the garden, but this would take it to a whole new level!”

I also can’t quite imagine planting all of these. I would have to do it a few at a time, I think.

Still they would look very pretty in a few months…..hmmmmm.

I Like This – September 9, 2010

    A collection of career items I found interesting this week.

  • Five favorite Pacific Northwest blogs – September 7, 2010 – I am always on the lookout for new blog to add to my daily reading mix and here are here are several around my favorite topics – gardening, food and art. I’ll be adding them into the mix presently.

I Like This – September 2, 2010

Elsewhere Online: Gutter Gardens

Link: Gutter Gardens

Gutter Gardens

I am always looking for great ideas for the garden and this one showed up in my RSS feeds a few days ago. What a great way of making use of those small, yet sunny, area of the garden. I even have an unused piece of gutter lying around that I just might put to use. Ideas like this give even apartment dwellers some interesting possibilities. Not everyone needs to have an expansive, 1/2 acre garden to grow some of their own food or flowers.

Originally found on DigginFood via Gutter Gardens.