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What is the Difference between a Shovel and a Spade?

Ever wonder about that? Well wonder no more! Here's the down and dirty on what makes a spade a spade and a shovel.. well...kinda the same thing. Except you've most likely been calling these tools by the wrong name. Click on the pictures to find out what job's these two do. For more info visit: http://www.sowanddipity.com/a-shovel-and-a-spade/

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Basic Gardening Tool Tips For Beginners

If one of your New Year's Resolution is to take up gardening this springtime, one of the first gardening maxims to live by is to never purchase cheap gardening tools. Low-cost equipment tends to be poorly designed and constructed, and made from materials that end up breaking quickly. It might be an initial annoyance to begin your gardening life by devoting muchos money to costly tools, but, in the long run, you will discover why this is a no-brainer.
When starting out, it is wise to acquire a small collection of tools that increases over time, as opposed to purchasing dozens of tools that become neglected through lack of use. Deciding what you need can take up a lot of time, and the perfect set of tools will depend on the scope of your gardening desires. The key element to bear in mind is that, if you purposely design your garden to be low maintenance, it will hopefully lessen the number of tools you require, as well as reducing the amount of money you spend.

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ReCycle Upcycle ReUse~ Old Beam Flashlight Turned Into Potting Soi

ReCycle Upcycle ReUse
Old Beam Flashlight turned into Potting Soil Shovel Diggers
I was over-joyed yesterday when my husband gave me a second old broken flash beam light! I just took off the screws and had two pieces that I use for digging out of the very large bag the products I use to make potting soil.

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My Landscape Garden Essentials

I'm strictly a landscape gardener, and if you're thinking about starting a flower bed or two, there are a few essentials you may want to consider. I'm sharing my list of everyday garden essentials, and many of these essentials crossover to vegetable gardeners as well. See the complete list, with link sources provided, at my blog link.

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Plant Protectors

Necessity is the mother of invention. I've heard that before and now I know what it means.

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Does Anyone Else Fight With Those Small Gardening Kneeling Pads?

When ever I garden on my knees, those small pads that you find in garden centers, simply do no do the trick. I decided to make something water and weather proof and much larger to suit my needs.

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14 Tips to Prepare Your Garden Tools for the Winter

Spending time now winterizing your garden tools will mean that you will be ready to go next spring. All of your garden tools need a bit of TLC now. Moisture and dirt can play havoc with garden tools. Rust will keep tools from working well and can be avoided.

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My Favorite Online Garden Planning Tools

Maybe you are an experienced gardener, and you have a neat binder full of garden plans and notes where you’ve carefully recorded your crop rotations, varieties and successes over the years.
Or maybe you are starting a new garden in a new place, and want an easy way to plan and track your plantings. Or, maybe you’re a new gardener, and have no clue how to plan and organize your garden at all.
Whether your a garden sage or a total newbie, these online vegetable garden planning tools can make planning this year’s garden a real snap!

diy garden journal

DIY Garden Journal

Right now is the best time to plan next year's gardens and the best way to accomplish that is with a Garden Journal. Keeping a Garden Journal is the best gardening resource to save you time and money year after year and a great way to keep you on track for your best garden ever! There are lots of garden journal type apps available, but I just haven't found one I like better than my paper garden journal. I've been doing a bit of research and put a Garden Journal together that is working well for me. I've done lots of tweaking and will likely do more, but for now I'm loving my Garden Journal. This is just a start to putting together your DIY Garden Journal. If you'd like more tips and free gardening printables to make a garden journal for yourself, pop by Gingham Gardens to get the full scoop. I'd love to have you.

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Great Gifts For The Gardener In Your Life

Gardening is such a rewarding hobby. No matter where we are or how much space we have, all of us can find joy in growing a plant or two. Mother's Day is coming up very soon. It's always lovely to receive gifts inspired by nature. A few helpful tools can also be a wonderful surprise for us outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some of my favorites below that I know will make the gardener in your life smile!

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Garden Bucket Tool Belt

When I garden I always carry around a bucket with a handle for weeds or extra soil depending on what I am doing. Several years ago I made a tool belt or apron for the bucket which is great for holding my pruners, twine and other garden necessities.
Here's what it looks like:

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Top 10 Gardening Tools You Must Have For Your Lawn Maintenanc

Using the right tools is the most important aspect of good gardening. Unless you use the correct tool no job in the garden could be completed the way you want. Therefore, it is important to identify the various garden tools you are expected to use in order to maintain a beautiful garden.