No one loves spring more than a Minnesota gardener. After a long, dark winter, we are eager to get our hands into backyard soil and our hearts out onto decks and patios.
Here in Plymouth, we are doubly lucky to have Bachman’s representative Karen Bachman Thull and Dundee Nursery’s John Henning letting us in on some of spring 2016’s best new garden tools, gadgets and furnishings. Surprise your favorite gardener, and see how in one case, your gift will be shared to make gardening accessible to special-needs children in our community.
Ergonomic Hand Tools
If you want to get more work done with less fatigue and joint pain, consider these hand tools by Radius Garden. Funky curve-handled trowels, transplanters, weeders, cultivators and scoopers come in colors such as sky blue and leaf green. $12.99 at Dundee Nursery.
Pro-Lite Ergonomic Long-handled Tools
The design includes lightweight, 3-foot carbon steel shafts and round handles that minimize hand and wrist stress. Choose from a variety of shovels, forks and spades. $34.99 at Dundee Nursery.
Guaranteed for a lifetime, DeWit tools feature ash hardwood handles and the same forged steel used in bulldozer blades. Around $30 at Bachman’s.
Digz Garden Gloves
Check out these machine-washable, colorful gardening gloves with options like latex-free materials, reinforced leather palms, stretchable backs and knuckle protection. $12.99–$29.99 at Bachman’s.
Hold It Mate Planter Box Suspension System
Suspend accessories like planter box brackets, planter rings, shelves and hooks on your deck railings with the Hold It Mate system. It attaches directly to a wide variety of spindles (½-inch- to 1½-inch-diameter wood or metal, round or square). $30–$50 at Bachman’s.
Bentley Seeds Give and Grow Program
Purchase a packet of Bentley seeds at Bachman’s, and Bentley’s will make the equivalent amount of seed available for donation to Bachman’s 2016 partner, Washburn Center for Children, a place where children with emotional and behavioral challenges find acceptance, therapy and success. Share a photo of your seedlings, and Bentley will donate another packet. $1.99–$2.99.
Conant Weather Line
Copper construction and careful instrumental calibration of this elegant line of thermometers and weather gauges guarantee style and durability even in Minnesota weather. $20–$90 at Bachman’s.
Woodard Pinecrest Bistro Sets
Relax after gardening at your new bistro set, a 28-inch-square table with coordinating chairs. Your choice in blue, green, orange and yellow powder-coated wrought iron. $64.99/chair, $109/table at Bachman’s.