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Gardener’s Holiday Wish List Day 2 – Texas Tomato Cages

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I cannot tell you how much I love these Texas Tomato Cages.

They are sturdy. They support six foot tomato plants with ease and extensions are available for really tall plants. They last forever and fold up flat when they’re not in use.  Need I say more?

Texas Tomato Cage is a family-owned and operated business located deep in Texas, almost at the border of Mexico.  They have designed and patented this amazing, hand-crafted tomato cage and it’s the only product that they make.  Cages are sold and shipped in sets of six.  They ship twice a week and usually have them in stock, although sometimes in Spring you have to wait a couple of days for them to get the next batch made.   The cost, which is so worth it, seems like a lot ($29 each,  including shipping).  Keep in mind though, that they really do last forever.  I’ve used mine for about 10 years, some year-round.  I like to use them for growing peas in the fall. They don’t rust, wear out or break.  I promise – these will make your tomato lover very happy.  Click here to order my favorite Texas Tomato Cages

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Gardener’s Holiday Wish List – Garden Gloves

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wondering what the perfect gift would be for the gardener in your life? 

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite things that I think every gardener would enjoy.  I’ll post one a day (eight nights of Hanukkah) and if  I get really inspired, I’ll add four more (twelve days of Christmas).  No matter how many great items I write about, giving some, if not all of them to your special someone, will make you a Holiday Hero!

If I’m not gardening or cooking, I’m needlepointing or working on someone’s stationery order.  I absolutely  love and enjoy doing all of these things, but each one of these activities is murder on my hands!  That’s especially true this time of year when household heat and drinking less water naturally make my hands look dry and old.

Gloves make a great gift for GardenersI try to wear gloves as often as I can…always when I wash dishes.   I wear medical exam gloves when I clean a chicken or clean and chop vegetables..    In the garden I find that different gloves work better for some chores than others,  so I have quite a collection.  In my opinion, every gardener needs to have several pairs of garden gloves so there’s always a pair available,  even when some are in the wash or temporarily misplaced.   My glove collection includes some to keep me safe from injury (the gauntlet style that I use when pruning roses) and some that allow for maximum dexterity (the MUD gloves that are cool, breathable and so comfortable I can wear them all day).  There are waterproof gloves and even ones with UV protection. I like to have several pair of cotton gloves on hand so I can throw them into the washer and dryer after getting them good and muddy.

Garden gloves range in price from beyond the budget to dirt cheap!  Want to do something a little bit more?? Add some nice hand cream or a certificate for a manicure – someone will be very happy.

Check back tomorrow for another great  gift idea for your favorite gardener.

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