5 of the Best Hori Hori Knives for Gardeners

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If you’re looking for a versatile, multipurpose gardening knife, look no further than the Japanese hori hori knife. With its unique concave blade featuring both a serrated edge and a sharp, straight edge this knife makes short work of digging, edging, pruning, harvesting, and sawing. Learn about 5 of our favorites now.

9 of the Best Watering Cans for Houseplant Care

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When your home is full of lovely houseplants, why not choose an attractive watering can too? This tool doesn’t have to be an eyesore, it can add to your prized, chic decor. But looks aren’t everything – it has to do the job well too. Keep reading to discover 9 of the best watering cans for houseplant care.

A Review of Home Hydroponics: Small-Space DIY Growing Systems By Tyler Barras

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Perhaps you’ve considered adding a soilless hydroponic growing system to your home but you don’t want the cold pipes-and-fittings look to intrude on your interior design. Read our review of “Home Hydroponics: Small-Space DIY Growing Systems” and learn how to build compact, attractive units that complement your decor.

A Review of the AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden

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Hydroponics setups have advanced over the years. Most were once large, bathtub-like greenhouse units, but simple space-saving kits are now available that fit on a countertop. AeroGarden manufactures several options, and we had the opportunity to test their Harvest model and grow a mini garden in the kitchen. Read more.

Worx WG584 40V Power Share Turbine Cordless Leaf Blower Review

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he Worx WG584 40V Power Share Turbine leaf blower has all the cordless electric advantages and its battery lasts up to an hour – three times longer than similar models. Three speeds and a Turbo function handle multiple lawn chores with one-handed operation. Read our review to learn if this model is right for you.

25 Fabulous Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners

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This year, thrill the gardeners on Santa’s nice list with the best holiday gifts for green thumbs. We’ve done the legwork, so you can select top-quality gardener-recommended presents and stocking stuffers. Shop our list for the best gift ideas – and maybe pick something out for yourself too. Read more now.

Your Must-Have Tool This Winter: 7 Top-Rated Snow Shovels

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Here comes winter, with a vengeance! Read our reviews of 7 popular snow shovels that will help you to clear your property in time for nature’s next onslaught. Did you know that some are for pushing, and others, for lifting? In addition, we cover how to use equipment properly and stay safe. Read more now.

13 Must-Have Tools for Gardeners

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With the right tools, gardening jobs are easier and results are better. Read on for 13 essential tools no gardener will want to be without, on Gardener’s Path.

Get to Know Your Trees with National Audubon Society Trees of North America

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National Audubon Society Trees of North America contains over 540 species and is a valuable resource for landscapers, home gardeners, environmentalists, and botany students. With almost 2,500 color photos and descriptive text, it’s the Society’s most authoritative work on trees to date, and we review it for you here.

A Review of the National Audubon Society Birds of North America

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National Audubon Society Birds of North America is an exciting new version of a classic field guide that hasn’t been updated since 1994. Read on for our review of this comprehensive new resource with more than 3,500 color photos of over 800 birds. You’ll want to keep it handy for identifying the species you observe.

Add a Water Feature to Your Garden: 23 of Our Favorite Outdoor Fountains

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In the wide world of water features, nothing complements a landscaped outdoor space like a good fountain. We’ve put together an overview of the best models sold by excellent craftsmen for you to consider. Prepare to immerse yourself in fine design, because it’s fountain time at Gardener’s Path. Read more now.

Reel It In! 7 of the Best Garden Hose Reels

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If you have a garden hose, you’ll want the perfect place to store it. A hose reel fills that need, protecting your hose from the elements, keeping it clean, and making it easier to roll up when not in use. We found 7 great reels that will fit any size hose, yard, and budget. Read our full buying guide now!

19 of the Best Gardening Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Forget the stress and feel the love when you give a Mother’s Day gift perfect for mom gardeners. We’ve done the legwork, so you have plenty of practical, fanciful, huge, or modest options to choose from. Only the best for mom! All our best gift picks will warm a gardener’s heart, the same way her great kids do.

9 of the Best Moisture Meters for Your Garden

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Not sure when to water your plants? For serious gardeners, moisture meters are a must-have tool. But there are a lot of different options out there, from digital to analog, and Bluetooth enabled to simpler, basic meters. Check out 9 of the best soil moisture meters and choose your favorite in this guide.

Made in the Shade: The 7 Best Patio Umbrellas You Can Buy

Everyone needs a patio umbrella to shade their outdoor space. We found 7 cool canopies to shield any type of open air grouping, from small conversation spots to alfresco dining areas. We even recommend a unique half-canopy for decks, and a portable choice for shade-on-the-go. Read our full buying guide now.

How to Choose the Best Backyard Playground Equipment for Your Home

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Are you shopping for backyard playground equipment and feeling overwhelmed by your options? From safe clearances to customization, you’ll find everything you need to know in this informative article. Plus, we share 17 of our top picks, with favorites based on age group and materials. Enjoy years of outdoor fun!

How to Use a Soil Moisture Meter

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Who hasn’t had a hard time at some point with trying to keep their plants watered appropriately? If you regularly forget to water or you keep giving your plants too much, get yourself a soil moisture meter. These garden tools take the guesswork out of watering, and this article will show you how to use a hygrometer.

11 of the Best Porch Swings for Your Outdoor Space

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Comfortable and relaxing, porch swings are the perfect option to spend a little down time lounging outdoors. Styles and sizes vary from single-seaters to sumptuous daybeds – and some come with their own stands, so technically, you don’t even need a porch! Check out our review of 11 of the best porch swings now.

Let It Flow! 7 of the Best Garden Hoses You Can Buy

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Looking for a garden hose that doesn’t kink, leak, or twist? We found 7 hoses that are up to any task, from light and flexible to heavy-duty workhorses. We even suggest a couple of top soaker and sprinkler hoses – and of course, plenty that do away with those frustrating kinks. Read our buying guide now!

Blowin’ in the Manmade Wind: 9 of the Best Leaf Blowers

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In the market for a leaf blower? Check out our top tips and recommendations and make sure you’re armed with the information you need to select the right machine – gas or electric, handheld or backpack – that’s right for your landscape and work style. We roundup 9 of the best leaf blowers in this guide. Read more now.

How to Pick the Best Splitting Maul for the Job

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If you enjoy splitting your own wood for the fireplace or backyard fire pit, join us in an exploration of the best tool for the job: the splitting maul. Different in design and function from an axe, this is a tool meant to divide wood along the grain with the least amount of effort. Read along as we take a closer look at the features that make this tool so effective, and discover our favorites for the task.

9 of the Best Snowblowers to Get the Job Done Right

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When you live in a northern climate, you know what a pain shoveling snow can be, but clearing it can be easy and even fun when you have the right equipment. Whether you only expect a few inches of precipitation or enough to build igloos, check out our review of 9 of the best snowblowers to get the job done. Read more now.

11 of the Best Gazebos for Relaxing in the Garden

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It’s time to move outdoor entertaining off the deck and into the yard with one of 11 exceptional DIY gazebos. Choose your favorite from an array of styles to create a comfortable garden retreat that’s the perfect focal point for photographing family gatherings. Read our reviews of the top kits now!

13 of the Best Grow Lights for Indoor Plants and Seedlings

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For vigorous indoor gardens, grow lights can provide what plants need – a reliable energy source to mimic the spectrum of colors found in natural sunshine. An economical solution to cultivate greens, herbs, houseplants, and seedlings, here’s our list of 13 of the best grow lights for strong and healthy indoor plants.

Cozy Up and Get the Lowdown on 13 Popular Patio Heaters and Fire Pits

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Want to enjoy your patio in the cooler months of the year? How about adding a cozy patio heater or fire pit to your outdoor decor? Let the experts at Gardener’s Path help you choose from an array of decorative and functional options with this handy product review of some of today’s most popular models.

Get a Hand in the Garden: The Best Hand Cultivators

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Need a hand with smaller weeding, cultivating, and amending tasks? A hand cultivator is the perfect option! With so many different kinds to choose from, the trusty gardening claw is amazing at plucking out unwanted little sprouts. Aerating and loosening up soil around your plants’ roots is easy, bringing your plants no harm while getting up close and personal. Check out our review of the best models now.

Make Raking Leaves a Breeze: 7 of the Best Leaf Rakes Reviewed

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Fall is here and the garden is festooned with leaves, covering your lawn and making their way into every crevice. But what should you look for when choosing a leaf rake to make short work of this less-than-glamorous garden chore? Check out this guide for reviews and recommendations on how to choose the best leaf rake.

11 of the Best Gardening-Themed Books for Children

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Discover the wonders of the natural world in your own backyard or neighborhood with ideas from 11 of the best books for children. From germinating seeds to watching birds in flight, you’ll be inspired to enrich your family with the themes and activities presented in each. Read our roundup now and choose your favorites.

A Review of Stephanie Rose’s Garden Alchemy

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Wellness-through-gardening instructor and writer Stephanie Rose’s new book, Garden Alchemy, is a handy DIY manual of organic gardening solutions. Eighty step-by-step recipes provide natural alternatives to chemicals, and a sustainable approach to having a healthy garden. Read on for our in-depth review of this book.

Gardening at Home: 31 of the Best Kits to Get Started

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It’s the perfect time to start growing your own herbs, fruits, veggies, and mushrooms at home, or to take up a new hobby like terrarium-making or succulent propagation. We’ve found the best kits to help you get started. Most include everything you need, with helpful instructions. Pick your favorite, and get growing!

The Best Sun-Protective Gear for Gardeners

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Finding the right heat and sun protective gear is a matter of trial and error that can quickly become expensive. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you, and have put together a collection of the best protective gear to keep gardeners comfortable in the heat and safe in the sun. Read more now to see our picks!

Muckster II Ankle Muck Boots: A Versatile, Waterproof Gardening Shoe

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If you’re looking for a tough, reliable, waterproof gardening shoe, look no further than the Muckster II Ankle boot from The Original Muck Boot Company. Lightweight, breathable, and specifically designed with outdoor work in mind, these will keep your feet warm and dry while you deadhead the roses or dig up the garden.

7 of the Best Gardening Journals to Plan, Record, and Celebrate Your Garden

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Are you forgetting one of the most important tools you can use to grow a productive and healthy garden? A gardening journal can help you record, design, plan, and improve your garden. To learn more about how journaling can help you all year, and discover 7 of the best gardening journals available today, keep reading.

9 Must-Have Succulent Planters

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Succulents are funky and fun to grow, especially in the trendy and functional containers we’ve gathered for you. Read on to discover 7 of our favorite pots and planters, plus key growing tips and a foolproof design scheme. Learn how to show off your water-wise plant collection now, right here on Gardener’s Path.

9 of the Best Footwear Choices for the Garden

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How many pairs of shoes have you ruined when a quick trip to check on plants turned into an all-out watering mud fest? It’s time to get footwear made specifically for garden use that cleans with a rinse of the hose, and is comfortable enough to wear all day. Check out 9 of our favorites, right here on Gardener’s Path.

11 Best Benches for Enjoying a Fresh Garden View

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Do you plan to add a garden bench or two to your landscape design? We’ve reviewed what’s on the market, and there’s a style for everyone, in materials ranging from composite and concrete, to wood and wrought iron. Read on to learn our top picks and where to buy them, right here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Choose the Right Furniture for Your Small Outdoor Space

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Think your deck or balcony is too small to become an outdoor oasis? Well, think again. Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, and we recommend the best chairs, tables, dining sets, and sofas for small spaces. We also offer planning tips for before you go shopping. Read our complete buying guide now!

Brighten Up Your Yard Decor with 7 of Our Favorite Outdoor Rugs

Thinking about buying an outdoor rug but not sure where to start? We explain the types of mat materials that are available, and how to pick the right color and shape to really tie together your outside groupings. We also recommend some of the best natural and synthetic choices. Read our guide now to help you find your favorite designs.

10 of the Best Deck Boxes for Your Porch, Patio, Pool, or Veranda

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Looking for a backyard storage solution? Not sure which deck box is best for your outdoor space? We’ve reviewed the best products available and created a convenient, easy-reference article for simpler shopping. Take the guesswork out of your deck box purchase and read our buying guide now on Gardener’s Path.

Get Growing with the Infinite Cedar Raised Garden Bed

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Infinite Cedar Raised Garden Beds available in 3×3 and 3×6-foot sizes represent excellent value for the money. Easy to assemble, they can be stacked to create high raised beds. The cost of the kits is usually less than buying the lumber and hardware from your local lumberyard, and a 5-year warranty gives peace of mind.

Exploring Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

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Check out the updated version of Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening for the latest on plants, growing techniques, and natural pest control. Since its debut in 1959, the name Rodale has become synonymous with eco-friendly practices. Read on for a review of this essential guide, here on Gardener’s Path.

Celebrating 40 Years: A Review of The Encyclopedia of Country Living

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The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition has over 900 pages of instructions, recipes, and resources for self-sufficiency and simple living. Practical and fun topics include growing nut trees, raising goats, beekeeping, soapmaking and wood harvesting. Read our review of the book, on Gardener’s Path.

On Constructing Urban Gardens with Matt James

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Are you living in the city and wondering how to create a mini garden oasis with a just few square feet of ground, a balcony, or even a stairwell? It’s time to check out a comprehensive practical guide called The Urban Gardener, by popular UK garden design expert Matt James. Read our review now on Gardener’s Path.

Oh, Felco F-2, and All the Things You Can Do!

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There’s no way to overstate the necessity of a good pair of pruners in the garden and in the yard. Despite the overwhelming variety of pruners on the market, the Felco F-2 outperforms the rest by a long shot. Read more about why the F-2 is so great, right here on Gardener’s Path.

Book Review: Cultivating Harmony with Nancy Lawson’s The Humane Gardener

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Pursue a fresh approach to gardening with naturalist Nancy Lawson in her new book, The Humane Gardener. Dare to be different. Savor profiles of gardeners whose compassionate practices create thriving habitat. Read our review of this humanitarian approach to backyard wildlife here on Gardener’s Path.

The Best Gear Bags for Gardening: Garden Tote Bag Review

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As any gardener worth their dirt will tell you, a good tote bag is an important component for saving time and staying organized. It will hold your hand tools and accessories, and keep personal items like a phone, water bottle, and keys safe and easy to access. But not all gear bags are of the same quality. To save you the time and effort, we’ve culled those that don’t make the grade, and sourced only the cream of the crop. Keep reading on Gardener’s Path to find out which ones get our seal of approval!

The Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening

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Raised beds are excellent for those with hard clay or soils with too much sand. They assist with drainage for climates with too much rain and help retain moisture for those who don’t get enough. And they are ideal for those with back and knee problems. Read more about the benefits of these gardening enclosures now!

Teaming with Microbes: A Fresh Review for Today’s Gardeners

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Teaming With Microbes was a landmark guide for raising awareness of the soil food web in 2006 – and promoting more environmentally aware, chemical-free gardening techniques – fueling an organic food revolution. Does it still apply today? Read more on Gardener’s Path now, and find out why you should toss out those chemical pesticides and fertilizers!

Maintaining Your Garden Hand Tools

Maintaining Your Garden Hand Tools

Do you have problems using that old shovel or hoe (or even more likely – brand new ones)? If so, lack of maintenance may be the issue. Read what you need to do to properly maintain your gardening tools now.

The Mantis “Little Wonder” Tiller

I’ve Tested Many Tillers, and I Always Come Back to My Mantis This spring I had to replace my favorite garden implement, my Mantis 2-Cycle tiller. This is the little red tiller that you see advertised everywhere in garden magazines and on television gardening shows. If I remember those old ads in Organic Gardening magazines …

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