Essential Tools: Equipment and Supplies for Home Gardeners

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Karan Davis Cutler
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2002 - Gardening - 111 pages
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It's fun to amass the equipment for any new undertaking--and gardening's no different. Faced with so many tempting tools in stores and catalogs, it's easy to fall under a spell and think you need it all. This no-nonsense, wittily written guide to everything from classic bamboo rakes to high-tech, high-carbon steel shovels will steer you in the right direction and save you loads of time, money, and space. You'll find out what you absolutely must have, depending on the climate you live in, your size and strength, and your gardening goals. Recognize the signs of quality in handles, metals, and construction. All the necessities to dig, prune, feed, water, decorate the garden, and more receive detailed coverage by a team of top gardeners. Plus experts pick their six can't-live-without tools!

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KARAN DAVIS CUTLER has received eight Quill and Trowel awards from the Garden Writers of America. Her articles have appeared in Horticulture, The American Gardener, Organic Gardening, Harrowsmith Country Life, and other publications. A former magazine editor, she is the author of many books, including BurpeeŚ The Complete Vegetable and Herb Gardener (1997, 2006), Flowering Vines: Beautiful Climbers (1999), The New England Gardener's Book of Lists (2000), and Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines (2003). She grows flowers and vegetables on thirteen acres in northern Vermont.

BARBARA ELLIS, a freelance writer and editor, is the author of many gardening books, including Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants (1998), Deckscaping (2002), and Shady Retreats (2003). She was publications director for the American Horticultural Society and editor of The American Gardener, and for more than a decade was managing editor of garden books for Rodale Press. She tends an organic, wildlife-friendly garden filled with flowers in Maryland on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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