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Ergonomic Gardening Tools

Ergonomic garden tools are designed to take the stress off our wrists, hands, legs and backs reducing injuries and making gardening a more enjoyable hobby.

One of the most favorite hobbies is gardening. Spring is in the air and we can’t wait to get out and start digging and planting in the soil. As much as we love gardening, the constant bending and digging and pushing can take a toll on our bodies and we can definitely strain and stress our bodies.

The new designs of ergonomically correct gardening tools keep your wrist in a natural and safe position and this causes your larger muscles of the arm to do the work. The same holds true for larger ergonomic shovels and rakes, using larger muscles to reduce the strain on your back and legs. These newly designed gardening tools are also made of a durable and light weight material making them easier to lift and use.
 Radius Garden 5-Piece Blue Ergonomic Gardening Tools

Radius Garden Natural Radius Grip garden tools were designed using the most current research into human factors and tool usage. The Natural Grip maximizes your power and comfort while minimizing hand and wrist stress. The curve of the grip matches the curve of the palm of your hand. This allows you to hold the tools with your wrist in a safe, neutral position at all angles of attack. The large grips on Radius tools allow you to hold the tool securely without exerting pressure and wasting your energy. The tools are lighter weight yet have equal or greater strength than traditional garden tools. The advanced ergonomic design should make gardening easier and more enjoyable.

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These wonderfully designed garden tools can be purchased in sets or separately and in a variety of styles and colors.

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Ergonomic rakes and shovels are important to use to save the stress of heavy lifting and bending on your back and legs.

 Ergonomic Steel Edger Ergonomic Steel Shovel Ergonomic Rubber Handle Ergonomic Round Point Shovel Ergonomic Pickup Rake with Telescopic Handle

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Portable Outdoor Sink

Don’t you just wish that you had an outdoor sink while you are working in the yard? Wouldn’t it be so convenient to be able to have running water and sink to rinse off your garden tools or water the plans? To be able to have a outdoor sink to help you complete your outdoor gardening tasks? You can easily have a portable outdoor sink that can help you accomplish all your outdoor needs.

A portable outdoor sink is one of those things that once you have, you’ll always wonder how you did with out it. They make your gardening and outdoor project so much easier to complete. You will be able to finish up and clean up quickly and easily with a outdoor sink at your disposal.

There are different variations of outdoor sinks, portable outdoor sinks that stand alone or ones that securely attach to your house and are detachable and portable to place in another area of your yard to continue working on gardening with a sink nearby.

 Outdoor Garden Sink

The Water Station Plus is a faucet and sink that mounts securely to exterior wall and attaches to standard garden hoses. Great for use when grilling, gardening, cleaning fish and other everyday clean-up tasks. It’s the outdoor sink that you’ve always wanted in your backyard at a fraction of the price. Features a built-in 50 ft. storage hanger and a large work surface that opens to reveal fold-away-sink and faucet. Bonus supply hose included.

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 Outdoor Sink and Drinking Fountain

The 2 in 1 outdoor sink and drinking fountain is easy to install and ideal for spring and summer months. Designed with a faucet for washing hands after play, gardening or other yard work. Built in fountain for drinking water without having the kids running in and out to get a drink of water. Easily attached to any spigot and you are set to go.

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Staking Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are one of the easiest vegetable plants to grow. To ensure that your tomato plants grow those big and juicy tomatoes that you love, your tomato plants need to be staked.

Staking Tomato Plants

It important that tomato plants, or any other heavy vegetable plant like eggplants, be staked. Staking Tomato Place prevents the heavy weight of the vegetables breaking the branches and any vegetables on those branches will be ruined. You also need to stake the plants to be sure that they are able to grow upright and branch out. This will yield you tomatoes that are bigger and juicier. If your plants are not staked and the tomatoes are on the ground, they will rot and be subject to bugs and insects. They also will not be able to get enough sunshine to fully ripen.

There are a couple of ways to stake tomato plants. One way is to use stakes or long poles to support and stabilize your plants and tie the plants to the stake. Another way is to use tomato cages that you place around your plants that will stabilize your tomato plant as it grows.

 Gardener’s Stake-It-Easy Plant-Staking System

The patent pending design of Stake It Easy grows taller (up to 6 feet) and wider as your plant grows, supporting each growing branch. To assemble, just snap together. Then adjust the height and width as the plant grows. Plus the EZ Step Stake Anchors penetrate even hard ground so it’s easy to install, even late in the season. This versatile system can be used with tomatoes or most vines that need support and is a great way for staking tomato plants.

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 Bamboo Tomato Stakes EcoStake Tomato Stakes EcoStake Tomato Stakes Bosmere 4-Spiral Tomato Stakes

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 Panacea Tomato and Plant Cage Panacea Heavy Duty Tomato and Cage Hydrofarm Tomato Cage Panacea Tomato Cage Tower

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How To Ripen Green Tomatoes

During the summer, one of my favorite things is pick off a big juicy tomato out of my garden. Nothing tastes better.

When autumn comes I always have quite a few green tomatoes left on the vines. There are many ways to ripen green tomatoes after the first frost.

Green tomatoes have to be “ripe” before they turn red and finish the process. To see if your tomatoes are ripe, cut one of your green tomatoes in half, if the inside is yellowish and has a jelly like consistency, it is mature enough to ripen.

To prepare your green tomatoes to ripen. Remove all vines, stems, leaves, and wash your tomatoes to make sure they are clean.

Watch for any decay or mold during the ripening process.

Some methods suggest using a “ripening” banana or apple. Use bananas when they are yellow with green on the ends. “Ripening” fruit releases ethylene, a gas that helps ripen fruit. Bananas produce more ethylene during ripening than other fruits, giving your green tomatoes an extra dose of ethylene to force ripening.

Too much humidity will attract fruit flies, watch the ripening tomato to make sure those pesty fruit flies don’t appear.

The Jar Method

Ripening your green tomatoes in jars is a method best for only a few green tomatoes and should take 1 to 2 weeks.
Put in two to four medium-sized green tomatoes per jar. Do not overfill the jar, or the tomatoes might bruise. Screw on lid tightly. Leave in a warm, semi-humid place, out of direct sunlight. Check regularly.

The Cardboard Box Method

Ripen green tomatoes in a cardboard box is a method best for lots green tomatoes and should take 1 to 2 weeks.

Line a cardboard box with some foam or simply line with newspaper. Place a layer of tomatoes in the box, each one next to the other. If you have a lot of tomatoes, a second layer on top is okay but be gentle. Do not make any more than two layers in case you bruise the fruit at the base. Do not overcrowd!

Add some ripening bananas if you’d like. The tomatoes are likely to ripen anyway, as they release their own ethylene and influence each other. However, using bananas will help to speed up the process. Place in a cool, slightly humid room away from light.

The Plastic Bag Method

Ripening your green tomatoes in a plastic bag is a method best from only a few green tomatoes to lots of green tomatoes and should take 1 to 2 weeks.

Punch a few “air circulation” holes in each bag you are going to use.
Place 3 – 4 tomatoes with 1 banana in each bag. Use a large bags for lots of green tomatoes and a small bag for a few. Don’t overcrowd!!!
Store in a warm, semi-humid area away from direct sunlight.

The Paper Bag Method

Ripen green tomatoes in a paper is a method best for only a few green tomatoes and should take 1 to 2 weeks.

Insert ripening banana and as many tomatoes as will fit without overcrowding.
Store in a warm, semi-humid area away from sunlight.

The Ole Window Sill

The good ole standby. Ripen green tomatoes on your window sill is a hit or miss method best for only a few green tomatoes and should take 1 to 2 weeks.

Place green tomatoes on a sunny window sill.

Easy enough….

If All Else Fails

When you have lemons, you make lemonade….When you have green tomatoes you make….

Green Tomato Soup With Country Ham
Green Tomato Marmalade Recipe
Green Tomato, Apple and Grape Relish
Green Tomato Cake
Fried Green Tomatoes

 Original Whistle Stop Cookbook Greene on Greens Green Tomato Greats

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Victorian Birdhouses

A Victorian Birdhouse is not only a welcoming place for the neighborhood birds but also a work of art in your backyard. They are a detailed version of many Victorian style homes that are in many neighborhoods and make a wonderful home for nesting birds.

Victorian birdhouses provide a stunning shelter for the local area birds. Victorian Birdhouses protect the birds  from the elements of weather giving them a place to retreat during inclement or hot weather. They provide a nesting area for moms and their young keeping them safe and secure. Having these wonderful flying creatures in your yard will create a serene atmosphere while you can view their flying antics around your yard.

Victorian Birdhouses can either be mounted on a post or in a tree. Wherever you mount it make sure that it is in a safe quiet location that protects the birds from cats and other wildlife. Many birdhouses also have a roof or overhang to protect them from rain and cats. It is important that birdhouses have ventilation and fresh air and an adequate size hole so that the birds can easily come and go without squeezing through the hole, typically 1/4 inch larger than the bird. Easy access by a hinged roof or removable back is equally important to keep the birdhouse clean.

 Home Bazaar Victorian Manor Birdhouse

There is nothing modest about this Avian Victorian Mansion. Topped with pine shingles and patterned from our best selling Manor Birdhouse (HB-2014), this style has intricate details including window box trim, miniature birdhouses and multiple roof lines. Comes with a removable back wall for easy cleaning.

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Large or small, for one or for all, there is a perfect size, shape and design of a beautifully decorated and functional Victoria Birdhouse that is the perfect addition to your outdoor decor.

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Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

There’s something special about watching the neighborhood birds flying through your backyard. A great way to keep the birds coming back is by having a bird feeder as a welcoming gesture.  They will also be able to nest and rest safely with squirrel proof bird feeders to protect them.  Though we want to feed the birds, we also need to keep the squirrels, crows and other unwelcome guests from eating their food. Squirrel proof bird feeders are a great way to be able to feed the birds consistently and safely without any danger from other outdoor creatures or those creatures eating their food.

Some general guideline for squirrel proof bird feeders:
Make sure your squirrel proof feeders are covered to protect from rain, cats, raccoons, etc.
Place your feeder in a secluded area near shrubbery or trees but allow for an escape route from cats or other animals should the birds need one.
Squirrel proof feeders should be placed in a shady area and out of direct sun.
Perch space on the feeder should be big enough for bird to stand with some space to spare.

Adding a Squirrel Proof Bird House, either elaborate or simple, will be a welcome addition to keep birds fluttering to your home. There are so many options that you will not have any difficulty finding your style. You not only will be providing a welcome shelter from the elements, a nesting area and nutritious food but will transform an ordinary backyard into an wildflife refuge.

You can set up a Squirrel Feeder so they will have their own special place to eat and not steal the birds food.

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Hanging Bird Baths

Hanging bird baths provide clean, fresh water whether to drink or bath in and will make your birds happy and healthy and they will keep coming back for more. A hanging birdbath brings the birds up close so you and your family can watch, listen and be entertained. Especially when it’s that time of season when the birds start migrating back from the south. Now is the time to start preparing your yard for their arrival.

What is the best type of bird bath?

This depends on what you are looking for. I like hanging bird baths for a number of reasons. They keep the bird bath up off the ground providing more safety for the birds and hanging your bird bath up in the trees keeps the birds in their natural environment while still being a sight to see.

Your bird bath can range from an elaborate copper, solar heated birdbath to a simple bowl. While the ranges of birdbaths are vast. A few simple things to keep in mind when purchasing or making a birdbath.

Keep it shallow about 3 inches
The bottom should be rough so the birds will not lose their footing
Have a source of fresh water
Be in a safe area away from cats and other animals.

There are two different types of hanging bird baths.
You can purchase a hanging bird bath with the chains and hook attached or purchase a holder and bath separately, either way, they are easy to hang on the nearest branch in the tree. No tree’s no worries, simply use a shepherd’s hook to hang your bird bath.

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Garden Leaf Scoops

Leaf Scoops are one of “those” things that are a must have in your arsenal of gardening tools. They are a wonderful gadget that you can use year round.  They are awesome for picking up anything with out the fuss and muss.

Easily and quickly pick up not only leaves but any debris and mess that is in your back yard or garden.  You won’t be getting your hands dirty or cut when you use them.  The ergonomic design easily slips on your hands or held by handles so you can comfortably work picking up the leaves.  The large scoops allow you to pick up leaves, garbage, needles and twigs without getting cut or stung by sharp needles.  The pressure of holding of the scoops together keeps the mess in the closed area of the scoop so you can pick up more. They also make it so much easier to get those leaves and debris in your garbage pail or bag as well.  Scoop and drop, there you go.  They are also great for spreading mulch or compost around your garden. Leaf Scoops are a multi purpose tool that is a must have for every gardening chore.

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Easter Garden Flags

Easter Garden Flags are a colorful and bright way to celebrate a special holiday as well as welcoming in the new Spring season.

Garden Flags are smaller than hanging house flags.  They are usually about 12″ x 18″.  Garden Flags are made of a durable material that are made to with stand the various outdoor elements such as rain, snow, heat and cold.  They are also printed on both sides to show the design from which ever way you view it.  They are just as colorful as outdoor flags but you don’t have to make any adjustments to your.  Simply push the garden flag hanger into the ground and you will be able to display your Easter Garden Flag where ever you want, by the mailbox or in the garden.

These Easter garden flags will make a statement hanging in the front of your home or in your garden. The children will delight in the colorful Bunnies and Easter Eggs blowing in the wind and will be dreaming of the Easter Bunny bringing their basket full of goodies on Easter morning.

Garden Flags require so little effort and yet provide so much color in our outdoor yard decor.
Simply place a garden flag stake by your mailbox or in your garden and ”slip” on your flag. You can easily add in the color of any season by replacing your flag. You can even celebrate a birthday or anniversary with a decorative garden flag. Garden Flags are smaller than house flags measuring about 12 by 18 inches are can be used to add some festive holiday colors in a smaller outdoor space.

These Easter Garden Flags are the perfect addition to celebrate Easter and the Spring Season.

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Outdoor Garden Thermometers

Outdoor Garden Thermometers are a great addition to any back or front yard.  They are not just your typical outdoor garden thermometer anymore.  Outdoor Garden Thermometers are now a work of art and are not only functional but an attractive piece to add in your yard.  They not only show you the temperature outside but can also be used to compliment your outdoor decor as they come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles.  Dual styles are available that not only show the temperature but the time and barometric levels as well.

Garden Thermometers

Is the weather outside frightful or delightful? With just a look out the window, you’ll know by glancing at your outdoor thermometer if it’s a jacket day.

Outdoor Thermometers are made to withstand the cold, harsh winters as well as the hot summers so they will keep showing the temperatures year after year. Today’s garden thermometers are designed with you in mind so that they are attractive as well as functional.

These attractive garden Thermometers come with a hanger on the back to make mounting easy on any surface.  If mounting is not your thing, you can now have an outdoor garden thermometer on a stake that you can place where you want in your yard or garden.  They are weather resistant and are made to withstand severe weather conditions such as heat or cold.  They are made with durable materials that will prevent damage to them and their colors will stay vibrant for years to come as they are uv protected to maintain their color and quality.

 

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