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Don’t worry, I won it from the wonderful @indygardener at May Dreams Gardens! I’m hopefully outside enjoying a day off today for Labor Day, so I’m future posting this from the past. First, please enjoy the photo in the paragraph below of me looking like a big dork with my new CobraHead. I was excited! Feel free to click to see the dorkiness in full-size. And the camera only fell off the grill it was propped on for a self-photo like 3 times.
I really like the CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator! It’s advertised as a “steel fingernail” (in other words, this is not a pry bar, dummy). It can do a ton of stuff – weed, help plan small plugs or transplants, cultivate soil (ie stab at it with this thing to mix it up when it’s too hard or compacted), etc. I’ll probably use it for all of that, but I already tried it for weeding. Works like a charm! First of all, I will say that it had rained the day before I did this little video, so you do have to work a tad bit harder when it’s dry outside. But still – this is great! Usually every day when I wander outside to check the veggies and deadhead, I end up pulling a ton of weed grass from our gravel driveway. Inevitably, dirt gets all up in my fingernails and it’s gross. I definitely won’t grab this each day before my wanderings, but on the days I DO, it’ll both keep my hands cleaner and make the job easier. Win-win!
Here’s what I was doing for part of the rest of the day…
Also, check out this little guy I came across! Apparently he was living in the grill cover. Hubby hadn’t put it back on the grill in a few weeks, so it was balled up and sitting in a chair on the deck. I guess it had a lot of water in it from heavy recent rains, so he made himself at home! He flopped out when I shook out the cover to put it back on the grill, and after composing himself for a few minutes on the deck, hopped off to find a new home. Sorry, dude!
You may remember that a few weeks ago I was totally excited to have won a Troy-Bilt trimmer via twitter. It was made clear that I didn’t have to review it or anything, but I mean what the heck? I’m going to use it and it was free and the info might help others, so I’m reviewing it. Well, true to the word of @allisonpeltz, it came in the mail while I was away in Hawaii (my dad was on the lookout for it while on cat-feeding duty). It rained a lot while we were away, so the yard REALLY needed a cut and trim when we got back. I took off the day after we got back to readjust, and my hubby only had to be in court for a few hours that day (he’s a cop, so they scheduled all of his court cases for the first day they knew he’d be back!). So I did a lot of work in the garden and he cut the grass when he came back. I did the trimming pre-grass cutting. (Note: I took a picture with me holding the trimmer, but I looked awful, so you get the artful leaning trimmer image – the garden to the left is what used to be my herb garden. I stuck a hosta and a sweet potato vine in there for now. Most of the herbs found a home in various pots since it was too wet there (sadface).).
The trimmer, a Troy-Bilt TB57, says it charges in about 4 hours – we’d let it charge overnight, so I can’t say if that’s true or not. But I will say that it trimmed my entire yard without dying! We had a fair amount of trimming on our just-under-an-acre, so I was trimming for probably about 30 min or so. And when my husband got home later, he did some additional trimming and the battery power was still fine. I assume we’ll have to charge it before its next use, though.
The trimmer isn’t too heavy and was plenty powerful. Our normal trimmer is gas powered, so I thought this one (a 20 volt) might have less pickup, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I hardly ever use the gas one, because it’s just so darn complicated to get the thing started that my husband has to be home for me to use it anyway, so he just does it himself (we trim usually every other time we cut grass). This is great – now I can just go ahead and do some trimming if it needs to be done and my hubby is at work! Awesome for me.
Using the trimmer was a little uncomfortable for me, but I think I just need to figure things out. You have to push two buttons to get it to go, one trigger-like button and then a button on the side – a good safety feature. But I found it awkward to have to push both even though I kept moving my fingers around. I even tried both right and left hand (and the first thing my husband noticed when he came home was that I was “holding it retardedly”) and it just felt funny. I ended up with the battery part kind of under my armpit, so I don’t know. Maybe I’m not just an accomplished trimmer.
So anyway, I think this thing is great. Much easier to deal with than the gas powered one, and you don’t have to keep buying gas. This tool also can share a battery with some other tools, among them I think a hedge trimmer and a pole-chainsaw, so if the battery stays good for a while, then that’s some money saved right there (thought it is often hard to buy battery-powered tools without the battery unless you buy a whole set that shares a battery at once, which is annoying). We could never use a corded one in our yard (we’d need to use a really long cord to get to all the places that need trimming, so it would be impractical), so I really like the battery-powered trimmer as a solution.
I think @allisonpeltz is going to send me some other Troy-Bilt goodies as well that I can give away on the blog, so if I do end up getting those, stay tuned for a fun giveaway! Note that doing a review was not a condition of winning the trimmer (it really was just a contest, as stated in the beginning), but I’m a review whore myself when buying something, so I always review things I get when I can. And since I got it for free, it’s the least I can do! Also note that if you want to send me something for free, I will totally review it for you! (*wink wink*)
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Today is my mom’s birthday! So I finally gave her her Ethel Gloves. I was actually supposed to give them to her yesterday when hubby and I went there for her bday dinner, but in grabbing the food we made, I left her presents on the back deck. Oops! So now my mom will no longer have to wear surgical gloves so she doesn’t get dirt up her nails when gardening! She also enjoyed that there is a diamond shaped thingy on the ring finger. Awww. In addition to the Ethel Gloves, she is now the proud owner of a citrus scented geranium. She plants red geraniums every year, so when I saw the citrus one, I thought it might be a fun addition. I don’t think you can eat them, but it says you can use the leaves for potporii and stuff. I also got her a sign that, coincidentally, she had wanted to buy a few weeks ago but ended up putting back (which I didn’t know). So yay! All gifts are a success!
To continue my comments on the Ethel Gloves (past comments here), I will say that mine have held up very well. I haven’t washed them, but have rinsed them off with the hose after using them each time and they end up pretty clean. They are VERY sturdy and NO dirt ends up down the wrist, in the fingertips, or under your nails. I have fairly long nails and they have not poked through like they do on cheap gloves (and I don’t see that happening). My ONLY complaint is that the little grippy design on the fingertips is peeling off. It’s not a big deal and it probably had something to do with me using the gloves for mulching for approx 3 different days, so I’m not holding it against them. But if they grips were in a more practical than adorable design (and it IS adorable), maybe they’d hold on better? It’s the little swirly ends that tend to come up. I got no nasty blisters and my hands stayed dry and dirt/splinter free – that’s a win in my book over even the more expensive other gloves I’ve bought. I would 100% recommend these over having to buy 3 pairs of cheap ones over the course of a summer. I still keep a few pairs of the nicer cheap ones on hand for certain tasks, but these are for sure my go-to gloves from now on. Love them.
So, while speaking of my mom, I have someplants that she needs ID-ed. I’ll prob post these on GardenWeb too, if no one here can figure it out.
These are blooming right now (the yellow flower), and there are little patches of them all over the garden. She says that after they bloom, they turn into little puffballs like dandelions and that’s probably how they spread. The flowers are very small. Any ideas?
I will also have you know that today I did NOT garden in heels! I had to water the veggie garden and stuff, but I both rolled up my pants bottoms AND put on my “clean” gardening shoes (not the ones that get all nasty when I use them on the weekend for real gardening).
I’ll be posting pics of the “new garden” for Wordless Wednesday. There’s still a bit of work to be done to it (going to buy more plants at the Sotterley sale), but I think it has great possibilities! Liriope, 3 kinds of daylilies, dianthus, stonecrop, candytuft, creeping phlox, harlequin flower and raunuculus bulbs. Also plan on putting in some little groups of tulips and daffs, though I may wait for the fall for that. Pics Wednesday!