Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
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Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
But, with a little nudge and a few fresh ideas, the sparks of inspiration will begin to fly – igniting your passion and desire to get out there and dig in!
As a veteran garden coach, clients call on me every day of the year to help them wave the smoldering embers of their dreams into an all-consuming fire of gardening enthusiasm and success.
So where to start?
A quick look at gardening trends shows edible gardening continues to be all the rage. If you’re new to growing food, consider some of the easiest crops to ensure you have success in your initial forays. Perhaps, try a single large container with an easy-to-grow cherry tomato. This may be just enough to get your hands dirty and feed your hunger for homegrown accomplishments in your first growing season. Or, tackle a portion of your larger garden by installing a border filled with fragrant, edible, drought-tolerant herbs like thyme, rosemary, lavender, and sage – perfect easy-care plants for newbies to try. For those who have “been there; done that” with vegetable gardening, perhaps it’s time to look at establishing easier care edibles for the longer term. Creating a food forest filled with nut and fruit trees or developing an ever-yielding bed complete with asparagus and strawberries may be the ticket to simplifying your tasks and still filling your tummy for years and years.
Not only will our gardens yield food for our bellies, but they can also create the inputs the earth needs to support our trees, shrubs, flowers, veggies, and wildlife. Using what we have on hand and recycling it back into our gardens is one of the tenants of permaculture. Two of the easiest ways to subscribe to this system of garden self-renewal: recycle rainwater using Fiskars rain barrel systems to capture rainfall and re-use it in the garden. Integrating the Fiskars pop-up composters into the garden to re-use your yard waste as food for your soil. If you’re in an area where wildlife won’t eat their way in, you may even be able to add some fruit and vegetable food waste into your composters too. Set up your rain barrels now and capture winter’s free water from the sky to use later when you need it. Also, it’s never too early or too late to pop up a composter to fill throughout the year.
With the rise in urban density, more city dwellers are making townhomes, apartments, and condominiums their homes. Unfortunately, these locations often come with very little room for gardens. To take advantage of what is available to these postage-stamp-sized gardens, consider installing a vertical wall gardens or simply pot up flowers or food gardens in simple railing containers. Not only will these rail mounts add lively interest and color to tiny decks and balconies, but these pots also do much of the watering work for you, drawing moisture up from tray reservoirs to thirsty plant roots as needed.
If you’re fortunate enough to have an existing garden, winter is the perfect time to think about what’s missing from it. This is time to create a calendar, budget, and schedule to fill in the gaps for the year ahead. Perhaps your garden needs a new seating area to capture the best mid-day summer shade; calling a landscape contractor for estimates and installation in winter rather than spring or summer will mean you’ll be enjoying that shade come summer. Or maybe your favorite shade tree gave up the ghost last fall. Winter is a great time to both research replacements and shop late winter bare root sales for the best prices. If your vegetable garden has shown productivity declines, send in soil samples for lab testing and then amend your ground accordingly well before it is time to plant the foods you intend to grow, cook, preserve, and eat in the year ahead.
If nothing else, take the short days of winter to dream. Scroll through articles and learn. Order tools and supplies. Create a gardening inspiration Pinterest board, and begin the planning and preparing that will empower you to discover a new you when spring soon bursts forth – firing our desire to live outdoors in our homegrown spaces.