Small gardens like mine offer scant room for tool storage. That’s why constantly look for tools that are compact, easy to store and hard-working in the garden. Here are two I’ve had good results with – both time-tested as well as bankrolled by yours truly.
The closed position also gives the rake greater stability and strength for tasks like dethatching a small lawn. Yes, even I have actually done that on occasion. It’s also useful for jobs like spreading mulch in narrow areas between plants.
I’ve found different versions of this rake online, but mine came from Lee Valley Tools, too many years ago for me to recall when. If I were a better housekeeper, the telescoping handle might still work. Even so, it has been a tough little rake in the Microgarden.
The second tool, the NuCan watering can, was purchased at Canada Blooms a few years ago. There are two neat things about this watering can. The first is the push-button regulator valve – in this side view, you can just make it out as the white button above the back handle.
This allows you to control the water flow, even if only to quickly shut it on and off. That’s great when giving brief jolts of water to pots that have dried out, so that the water has a chance to slowly rehydrate the soil, and doesn’t disappear into the ground. Isn’t that the kind of example I would give?
The top view illustrates why this is a space-saver.
The narrow profile allows you to tuck this can easily out of the way, even indoors when you’ve hauled pots in for the winter. The shape also makes lugging water from the rain barrel to the garden kinder on the arms; you don’t have to hold the watering can awkwardly away from the body.
I was also intrigued by the NuCan on learning that it was a favourite of Norman Wisdom. Norman Wisdom! Shades of black-and-white British movies on Saturday afternoon TV, back in the days of rabbit-ears. How could I resist that odd bit of trivia?
Searching for local sources, I found it on
this page [Update: in 2016, it looks like they no longer carry it]
from the St. George Company from Paris, Ontario. I have never ordered anything from them (anyone who has, please let me know), so can’t say what they’re like to deal with. However, the $9.50 price here tells you that this could be a good little stocking stuffer – if you don’t mind lumpy stockings. My NuCan has stood up to the often deadly Helen High Waters treatment, so I can vouch for the product.
More things for your wish lists to come.