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Garden Gadgets: Easy and Fun Helpers

by Sara Pitzer

Oh, sure, you could garden without them, with just a spade and a hoe, maybe, but why would you want to? It's not just that today's garden gadgets are fun. They make gardening easier, improve the yield and solve some pesky problems. Your Growise Center is full of gadgets for your garden. If you haven't tried them yet, make this the year to turn gardening into a game.

Flower supports come in a variety of shapes and sizes and hold such plants as lilies and coreopsis upright so you can appreciate their full beauty without stakes and strings. Similar supports, though much larger, tomato cages will eliminate the need for staking, make the tomatoes easier to pick and increase your yield.

Also to spiff up your flower display, try a trellis. They come ready to be set up at the beginning or end of a garden path or wherever you want to emphasize a special spot in the landscape. Consider using trellises not only for vining plants such as clematis and morning glories but also for the popular old-time roses that grow with long branches.

Edging devices of wood, stone or iron are a nice way to define beds of such low growing classics as hosta and annual beds of flowers that grow into a mass like impatiens. And, a planting area delineated by edging makes an effective herb garden.

Extend your garden pleasure into the night with low voltage garden path lights or solar path lights. Both are safe and easy to install. Your Growise Center can advise you on the best choice for your particular garden.

Finally, don't overlook the value—and fun—of placing birdbaths, birdhouses and bird feeders right in your vegetable garden and flowerbeds, in addition to the other places you've already established them in the lawn. The birds will help control insects and turn even mundane tasks like weeding into time spent with nature's music.



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