A Better Expandable Garden Hose

Expandable Garden Hose from RY Gardener.

This Expandable Garden Hose from RY Gardener is much thicker than the others I have seen. The cover feels like it is stronger as well.

It has 4 layers. The outer cover feels like a heavy fabric. I haven’t actually seen the other layers but this diagram shows that there is a PVC layer on top of the third layer, and that the inner layer is double latex.

Diagram of the Expandable Garden Hose from RY Gardener.That should help keep the hose from busting so quick. They also reinforced the connecting areas so maybe that will hold together a lot longer.

The instructions said that if it freezes that could damage the inner layer so I haven’t been able to use the hose a lot yet. It is still freezing here at night, and haven’t had a lot of use for a hose yet.

I did use it to clean out all my chicken waterers and fill them up. My husband used it to clean off his lawn mower after he mulched the leaves that were left out back.

Diagram of the Expandable Garden Hose from RY Gardener when you first start filling it up.

Using the hose in the chicken yard did expose a problem with our pump though. The water pressure out there isn’t what it should be. It took a few minutes to fill the hose. My husband says it is the pump and that he will fix it.

Diagram of the Expandable Garden Hose from RY Gardener stretched across the chicken yard.In any case the hose easily reached the other side of the chicken yard, and could have gone farther. This particular hose is 50′ long. They do make longer or shorter ones.

I am hoping to get a 25′ one for my garden area.

The hose comes with 5 extra washers, an 8 way spray nozzle, and a hanger for the hose. I really like the hanger. It will be nice to have a way to put the hose up off the ground after using it.

Expandable Hose and accessories.

I received a free or discounted product to review.

An Ideal Gardening Tool

Hori Hori Knife for Gardening.This Hori Hori Knife really is an ideal gardening tool. It is a multi-purpose tool.

It is really good for transplanting smaller plants, and works for bigger plants, just not as easily. It has measurements on it so you can see how deep the hole is. The measurements are fairly large too, so they are easy to see even for those of us who tend to forget our glasses.

My hori garden knife.It also has a serrated edge that can cut roots, or small branches. It can also cut open bags of potting soil and mulch really easy.  It can cut through rope and those plastic ties you use on plants too.

After you use it cut open your potting soil, it can be used to scoop the soil out of the bag. It doesn’t hold as much as a regular hand shovel, but it works just fine, so what if it takes a couple extra scoops.

I would rather carry around one tool that can be used for everything than have to carry around several different tools.  The things get heavy, and if you need to carry plants and soil too, you end up having to make several trips.

The Hori Hori Knife comes with a really nice carrying case. You can attach the case to your belt just like a regular knife, if you want.

It has a stainless steel blade and is very sturdy, and comes with a risk free warranty :

Try it out for a full 30 days, if you don’t feel it’s helped make your gardening life easier, simply return it and we’ll gladly refund your money. No hard feelings.

I haven’t had to use it much this year, because most of my garden was put in before I got it, but it is going to get a lot of work next spring.

I like it.

I received a free or discounted product to review.

Garden Blessings By June Cotner

Garden Blessings: Prose, Poems and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening.Garden Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening by June Cotner is a wonderful collection of garden related writings.

It includes  I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth, which is one of my favorite poems. There are a lot of other poems in there too, with subjects ranging from trees, to birds, and seasons.

The prayers for gardeners are nice too. I really like this book. It would be great for teaching kids about gardens, and outdoor life, and poetry of course.

About the book:

Our gardens grow us, and this moving collection of readings takes us through every season and down a path of pure pleasure. Garden Blessings is a one-of-a-kind treasury of uplifting prayers, prose and poems that share a common appreciation for the love of gardening and the many blessings that gardens bring to our lives. June Cotner, a bestselling inspirational author, has gathered a bounty of gifts from the garden here, offering gems of wisdom that remind the reader and gardener in all of us just how much we learn from nature.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

—Dorothy Frances Gurney

About the author/editor:

Author and Editor June Cotner.JUNE COTNER is the author and editor of twenty-eight books, including the best-selling Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Dog Blessings. Her books altogether have sold nearly one million copies. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, June is the mother of two grown children and lives in Poulsbo, Washington with her husband. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, paper crafting, and playing with her two grandchildren. For more information, please visit June’s website at www.junecotner.com. You can also follow June on Twitter.

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Word Catcher, Crafting Calm Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

I received a free book to review.

Get Your Garden Supplies Ready!

Spring will be here soon. I know it is hard to believe while there is ice on the ground, but it will be time to start getting your gardens ready pretty soon now. Some of you may already have started seeds.

It is good to have all your supplies ready before hand, so you don’t end up running round like a crazy person, trying to get everything ready.

So I’m getting all my stuff together now, so I know where it is, and what I have, and what needs to be bought.

One of the things I needed was a really good garden hose nozzle. The ones I had last year either ended up broken, or just started to leak.

Heavy Duty Garden Hose Nozzle.Unfortunately for me, my husband saw the nozzle before I took it outside, and he decided that since it was a Heavy Duty  Hose Nozzle, and looked to be extremely hardy, that it would be a good one to take out to the farm.

He did let me test it, and take a picture first. Wasn’t that nice of him?

Hosezzle Heavy Duty Garden Hose.This is a fire-hose type nozzle, that can do high pressure spray, or spread out spray like a sprinkler.

My husband thought it would work great for doing clean up out on the farm. The high pressure would work for getting poop (horse and fowl) off of where it isn’t supposed to be.

He could use the sprinkler spray for washing, or just cooling off the horses. He hasn’t used it on the horses yet because it is too cold right now, but come summer they are gonna love getting showers.

This is a really good, well made, sturdy nozzle.  I liked it, and so does my husband. If you need a new one for your garden, then you should try one of these.

I received a free item to review.

Predator Guard Scare Tape Repels Birds

Predator Guard Scare Tape. This scare tape from Predator Guard is a pretty neat idea. Scarecrows have worked for years, as well as those thingys that make the whining/whistling noise (can’t remember what those are called – anyone know?).

Anyway this tape does scare birds. It works on chickens too. At least as long as it is actually moving. They don’t seem to mind it much as long as the wind isn’t blowing.

Around here there is almost always some wind though, so it should keep them out of anything I don’t want them into.

I’m gonna be putting this on my strawberry patch come spring. Probably all around my tomatoes too. Not sure where else. The plum tree? The fig tree? I’ll probably think of more places too.

For now I just put some up in the corner of the chicken yard to see if it would work on them.

Scare Tape on the fence around my chicken yard.I put it there to try to keep them from eating all the seeds off the vines. I want some of them to come up there next year. It seems to have worked. Guess I won’t know for sure till next year.

I think it would probably work really well around gardens too. It is mostly meant for daytime critters but if the wind is blowing and the tape is flapping, and making noise it would probably do a number on night time predators too.

It is a worth a try anyway. If you have predators you want to scare away you can buy some scare tape of your own on Amazon.com.

Please follow Predator Guard on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Expandable Hose Review

Expandable HoseThis Expandable Hose from Quality Source Products is the longest expandable hose I have seen. It goes to 75 feet.

It reaches my whole yard. My husband even used it out in the back when he was burning a tree he chopped up. It reached way out into the back field.

It doesn’t look anywhere near that long till you turn the water on. It takes a minute for the hose to expand. The hose has to be pretty much full and expanded before the water comes out good. After that it is pretty much like any other water hose.

Except it doesn’t kink at all.  If you accidentally get it tied into knots, and then turn the water on, the hose still expands, and works just fine.  At least it did for me. I didn’t actually try to tie a tight knot in it.

I have used another expandable hose before but it was shorter.

There have been a lot of complaints about these types of hoses, because they tend to bust if the cover gets worn.

This one looks like the cover is pretty thick and sturdy, but if it gets rubbed on a concrete corner or something it might not last long. So you do need to be careful not to use it where it would rub on corners, or pull it over metal edges.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Edible Garden By Alys Fowler Review

The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler.The Edible Garden: How To Have Your Garden And Eat It, Too by Alys Fowler is a wonderful book!

I have always wanted to grow some vegetables but I didn’t want a huge big plot of land like everyone seems to think you have to have in order to grow vegetables.

In this book Alys Fowler tells us how to grow a garden that doesn’t take a huge amount of land.

She says you can grow things in pots on a patio if that is all the space you have. Or in your backyard.A picture of one of my tomatoe plants with a marigold.

I love the idea of just having vegetables and fruit and herbs growing in my yard in among the flowers. Or just having a small patch of mixed up stuff that doesn’t have to be separated from everything else.

I already had some strawberries and that spot is about the only place in our yard that gets a lot of sun so I planted some tomatoes and bell peppers along with some basil and marigolds.Bell Pepper and marigold.

The marigolds are pretty and they help keep bugs away from the plants.

I also planted some herbs in a long planter.

A picture of a planter with some herbs growing.

This book has information about what plants grow well together such as tomato and basil (the basil gives tomatoes a good flavor) and marigolds.

There is a section about how to start a garden and then about how to take care of it (fertilizing!) and then about how to harvest (and save seeds for next year) and even a section about home cooking.

It is a wonderful book for folks who are interested in gardening but never knew how to do it. Even folks who already know a lot about gardening might learn a few things.

It has wonderful pictures of her garden too.

About the book:

A Guide to Creating Your Own Eden

Whether you are a hardy homesteader or just getting started with a few herb pots on your windowsill, The Edible Garden offers food for thought on creating your very own haven that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Master gardener and BBC personality Alys Fowler has devoted her life to teaching people how to grow their own floral food and edible landscaping. Here, Fowler shares her trademark wisdom and inventive tips to help your garden grow abundantly—from saving and sowing your own seeds, to mixing the world’s best compost, to brewing your own herb teas and growing such a bounty of veggies that you will have to learn how to pickle and preserve them! Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden provides a taste of the good life to anyone willing to pick up a trowel.

Learn How To:

• Mix trees, edibles and flowers in the same plot

• Sustainably forage for wild food

• Plant the prettiest vegetables for container gardening

• Grow and brew comfrey for “liquid love”

• Cook deliciously hearty harvest dishes

• Make gifts from the garden: canned jams, chutneys and fruit liqueurs

About the Author:

Picture of author Alys Fowler.ALYS FOWLER trained at the Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. After finishing her training, she worked as a journalist for the trade magazine, Horticulture Week, and then joined the Gardeners’ World team as a horticultural researcher. The lure of the garden, however, proved too much and in 2006 Alys became Head Gardener at Berryfields. She is now a permanent presenter from Greenacre, the show’s new home. Alys’s inspiration for urban gardening comes from her time volunteering in a community garden on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City. Much of the ethic, thrift and spirit she encountered there is found in her work today.

Alys Fowler can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a free book to review from Viva Editions.

My Grandmother’s Flower Bed

My grandmother standing by her first "flower bed".



This is a picture of my grandmother standing by the first “flower bed” she had out in her yard. We(mema, mom, me, and a neighbor) had just finished planting all the flowers in it when this picture was taken.

This is back before she started losing her memory and was still healthy. She looks good in this picture. This is pretty much the way I think of her.

She loved odd things. I miss her.

I’m not sure exactly when this picture was taken but it was it was at least 20 ago.

Pretty Colors Of Spring

There is green coming up all over the place of course and it looks good after the brown of winter.

But what I really like is the BluesSome blue flowers in my yard.

And the Purples

Purple Flowers in my yard.

And of course the Yellows!

Some of the Daffodils in my yard.

Daffodils in front of my porch.

Even the ones that have just been peed on.

Daffodils and the dog that just peed on them.

Those green clumps you can see scattered here and there will be bunches of little white flowers before too long.

Just looking at them makes me feel happy!

Do you have any flowers blooming yet?

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries are wonderful! My husband picked them this morning and they really taste good. Look pretty good too don’t they?

They come from a planter in our front yard. My mother-in-law bought it for me last year as an early Christmas present.

Strawberry panter in my yard.It came with 50 Strawberry plants. I didn’t do anything to them last year except fertilize them. We ended up not even getting the mulch on them.

They made it through the winter with no problems though! A few weeks ago the flowers came out strong and now we have lots of Strawberries!

Strawberries waiting to be picked.I have given some to a friend that my hubby works with. I’m going to have to give some to my mom too. There are too many for us to eat before they go bad.

Some still need to be picked. I’ll get to that this afternoon if it doesn’t rain again.

I really like this pyramid planter. This one has metal sides and it is not too wide. So you don’t have trouble reaching all the plants to pick the berries or to weed around them.

You can make one of these out of scrap wood or whatever materials you have handy. My hubby made me a wooden one at our old place. You make it the same way.

Create the bottom area, fill it with dirt, and then place the top areas on that…and fill them with dirt.

I was thinking of having one made for other things. I could put a couple of squash plants, a couple of okra, a tomato…just enough to keep in salad fixing through the summer.

I think that would be cool. What do you think?


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