Toni’s Tool Tips |Tractor Scoot with a Bucket Basket

Do you have a tendency to bend over more than your body wants you to? Why not consider buying a mobile garden stool to help you move easily around the yard? I often fantasize about having a larger garden to grow everything I want to grow, and then I think about maintaining it and I am suddenly awake again! If …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Puddle Proof Tote Bag

For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect tote bag and I finally found it! As a Master Gardener, we volunteer for work days at our projects and I love having a tote for my tools, gloves, water bottle, keys, and phone. This Puddle Proof Tote Bag is large enough to carry all that plus it’s deep enough to carry …

Chicago Botanic Garden | Buehler Enabling Garden

A few weeks ago, I attended the Garden Writers Association conference in my hometown of Chicago. I joined their organization in 2015 when I discovered it was open to all garden communicators, including speakers, writers, and photographers. Three years ago, I was a garden speaker and I was anxious to hone my craft. Since then, I have become an author, …

I did it!

It’s been a year in the making, but I was finally able to hit the SEND button to email my manuscript to Timber Press. What a journey this has been! Looking back over my shoulder, when my acquisitions editor, Stacee Gravelle Lawrence, called me to say she saw me speak at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (thank you Janet …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Thumb-Controlled Hand Sprayer

While we are talking about watering the garden, another Senior Select product is a thumb-controlled hand sprayer. The one I like has the seven patterns you will use the majority of the time. Thumb-controlled devices like this one are great to water window boxes, because you can control the flow of water easily and you will not accidentally spray your …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Watering Hoses

Quality Lightweight Hoses Do Exist! Maybe I bought the wrong hoses in the first place. I was always wrestling with them when I was unraveling it or unkinking it and the darn thing was heavier than I wanted to do when I wanted to put it back on the hose hanger. I found it was way too easy to throw …

Garden UP with Vertical Gardening

No space? No problem. Grow your flowers and veggies up by finding inventive vertical gardening opportunities. It’s nice to know you can garden without having to bend down at all. Vertical gardening is a technique of growing plants in hanging baskets, window boxes and trellises so most of the maintenance is at waist-to-eye-level, enabling you to stand or sit to …

Re-cycle, re-use and re-purpose your pre-loved things

Any vessel that can hold soil and has drainage will work as a re-purposed container. Look in your attic or your garage to find momentos you are not ready to let go of, but all it has been doing is gathering dust. Go to garage sales to find unique, interesting objects. Make sure they are wide enough and deep enough …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Soil Scoop

This tool is my go-to for most chores in the garden because it replaces numerous other tools. And as far as I’m concerned, learning to simplify is one of the biggest goals of adaptive gardening. This Soil Scoop replaces most trowels because it has a much larger head than the standard trowel, so you can scoop more dirt with less …