It’s Spring here in the northern hemisphere and time for gardening to kick into high gear.

It’s also time for another season of Troy-Bilt’s Saturday6!

For the second year in a row, I have been asked — along with 5 of my fellow bloggers — to be part of this program for Troy-Bilt. This involves doing what we do best — blogging about gardening — but also gives us access to all sorts of tools and equipment from Troy-Bilt to try out in our own garden — and review for you!

Even better, we will all be having giveaways of Troy-Bilt equipment and tools on our blogs throughout the Summer and Fall. Be sure to watch this space and my fellow Saturday6 bloggers to get your chance to win some great stuff.

Where can you find the other members of the Saturday6? Here is information on each of the bloggers including links to some of our articles for the Troy-Bilt newsletter, The Dirt, and some videos we did as part of last year’s program.

I’m looking forward to another great season of the Saturday6 and reading all the great content from my fellow bloggers. Please join me on his journey through the 2012 growing season courtesy of Troy-Bilt!

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Who are the Saturday6?

Direct from their backyards, these bloggers share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in all things lawn and gardening. Now, they’re teaming up with Troy-Bilt® to bring you their best tips and tricks to help make your Saturday in the yard a rewarding one. Let us introduce you to the Saturday Six. In coming months, you will see more from this talented group in The Dirt with how-to videos, sharing favorite lawn and gardening projects, product reviews and giveaways.

Kylee Baumle

Kylee Baumle from Our Little Acre

Kylee Baumle lives and gardens in Zone 5b in northwest Ohio, where she tames the native clay to produce vegetables, fruits, and as many annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees as she can fit onto an acre surrounded by rural farmland. Author of the popular gardening blog, Our Little Acre, Kylee is a freelance writer and photographer who feels fortunate to have a husband who sometimes joins in on her gardening projects and who loves cats as much as she does.

Jennah Watters

Jennah Watters from Jennah’s Garden

After a lifetime of consciously avoiding helping her mother garden, Jennah started gardening voluntarily in 2007, when she and her husband bought their first home. It came with only a few sad, half-dead bushes and one all-the-way-dead mum. (Things are much better now.) Notorious for moving plants several times before being content with their location, Jennah gardens by trial and error, and attempts not to dwell on the error. She is wife to a deputy sheriff and mom to two cats and one dog, and hopes to one day be as good a gardener as her grandparents.

Cynthia Glover

Cynthia “Meems” Glover from Hoe and Shovel

Cynthia lives and gardens in her beloved native state of Florida only a short distance from the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. She is a blogger, freelance writer, amateur photographer, Master Gardener, and garden coach. Cynthia specializes in Florida-friendly and native plants, while steadfastly adhering to “right-plant, right place” in her mostly shady garden.  It is her passion to share and teach all she’s learned while gardening in a challenging growing climate and to inspire hopeful gardeners to enjoy their gardens, too.

Douglas E. Welch

Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook

Born in the epitome of small town America – New London, Ohio – Douglas Welch spent many summers digging and planting vegetables in his grandmother’s garden or driving a tractor on his family’s small soybean farm.  Computer work called him to the big city of Los Angeles, but he managed to take a piece of Ohio with him. When he and his wife bought their first home, they inherited an overgrown, 10 year old garden. He has spent his years renovating what was a meticulous Japanese garden into a small piece of woodland among the urban cement.  This double life illustrates his belief that balance in this modern world requires a combination of high-tech and high-touch living. Douglas’ gardening column and podcast, A Gardener’s Notebook, began in 1996 and is available at

Gina Thomas

Gina Thomas from My Skinny Garden

Gina lives and gardens in the Chicagoland area, zone 5b. One summer day in 2007, she decided to grow an organic tomato – four years later, most of the yard of her small house has been replaced by vegetable and perennial gardens. While she still considers herself a novice gardener, killing the occasional plant, every now and then, she grows something phenomenal or builds something interesting. Her greatest gardening accomplishments are the cedar pergola built over a weekend with good friends, raised vegetable beds she constructed herself, and the trip to Las Vegas she won in a tastiest tomato contest. Her philosophy is simple – grow, marvel, eat, laugh, persevere. Gina is a part-time freelance writer and the cofounder and vice president of Forest Park Community Garden, a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to educating the community on building organic sustainable food systems. Gina chronicles her gardening and DIY conundrums at her blog My Skinny Garden.

Mark Clement

Mark Clement from MyFixitUpLife

Mark Clement is a licensed contractor, co-hosts the live radio show MyFixitUpLife with his wife Theresa, regularly contributes to “Extreme How-To” magazine, “Professional Deck Builder” magazine, AOL’s DIY Life,,, OldHouseWeb, “Old House Journal,” and has been a featured guest on DIY Network, Discovery Channel, HGTV and PBS.



While Troy-Bilt provides me payment and equipment for being part of the Saturday6, the opinions you see here are always my own. I review Troy-Bilt’s equipment as any gardener user would and should. I depend on honest reviews for my own purchasing decisions and I assure you that my reviews will be my honest feelings and opinions, too.