Gardening Tips: From kitchenware to garden tool

As a gardener I am always on the lookout for things that can be used in the garden rather than traditional garden tools. I like going to discount stores and checking out the kitchen wares and here are the fun items I have added to my collection of garden tools.

By Monya Corns
Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County

Kitchen tongs: Are great for when cleaning the dead flowers that get trapped in my rosebushes. They have become an extended hand.

A strainer: I use this to stain fertilizers that don’t get completely mixed so that my spray bottle doesn’t get clogged up.

A colander: this is very helpful when washing the sandy residue that comes off the pea gravel I use to cover my potting soil. Gravel and sand help keep the fungus gnats to a minimum.
Hospital vinyl gloves: They are good for pulling weeds; I can feel the weed, pull it and not get my fingers dirty.

Bungee cords: I use them to keep the trash bags in place while I pile in the non-recyclable items from the garden. Use two bungees around the lip of the can and it should stay in place. Be careful not to overfill, or getting the trash bag out will be difficult.

Gallon jugs of water: With our limited natural precipitation, I keep milk jugs, rinse them and use them to water my newly planted plants. It’s easier to gauge how much watering you’re applying than with a hose. I fill the jugs with rocks to keep them from blowing over, then punch a few small holes in the bottom so the water will trickle out slowly and no water gets wasted.

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