After last year’s failed attempt at container gardening, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attempt a garden this summer. I really wanted to get another Backyard Botanical Oasis, but the size was too large for the sunniest part of our yard, and sadly, the smaller version is no longer produced. In the end, we decided to add a couple of raised beds to the sunny side of our house and give it another try.
Though it might seem a little late in the year to be planting, we still had frost warnings over Memorial Day weekend, so hopefully we’re safely past the last hurrah of cold weather now! There’s not a whole lot going on yet, as you can see, but we’ve had fun trying out the new garden tools that Black & Decker sent us a few weeks ago.
I was a little skeptical about how useful the mini shovel pictured above would be, but turns out that it’s perfect for working in raised garden beds! A shovel with a longer handle would have been awkward to work with with the added height.
My favorite tool would be the telescopic cultivator/hoe! The handle extends making it super easy to reach the back of my raised beds from all angles. Yet it still is compact for storage along with the shovel.
Black & Decker also offers several watering items, like the watering wand pictured in the first image and the spray nozzle above. The watering wand features and easy twisting on/off switch, and the spray nozzle has a nifty switch that you maneuver with your thumb, which has the added bonus of making it very kid-friendly, so I can put my kiddos to work watering the garden this summer.
Since we use both watering devices frequently, my handy husband added quick connect connectors to both so we can change them in and out as needed.
This new line of Black & Decker tools can be found at your local Walmart store, or they have a couple of kits that you can order online. The Black & Decker Jr. 4-pc. Digging Kit is just $29, and the Black & Decker Jr. 4-pc. Watering Kit is $35. Choose Site to Store shipping to have them shipped to your local store for free!
Just in case you’re wondering what we’ve planted this year, here’s what we have so far: a variety of heirloom tomatoes and grape tomatoes, a variety of peppers, fennel, carrots, mini purplette onions, mesclun, arugula, and tennis ball lettuce. I also have a container of basil on our outdoor table that will hopefully flourish. We’ll see how this summer goes and then possible expand next year.
What’s planted in your garden this year?0