One of the unexpected perks of blogging is that occasionally a company will send me a product to try out. I’ve received liquified worm poop fertilizer (highly recommended) and a bunch of books on gardening and design.
About 6 weeks ago, the folks at Ethel Gloves™ sent me a pair of their Jubilee gloves. Ethel gloves are like cashmere sweaters–pricey, but wow! The palms are covered with synthetic leather and the backs of the gloves are a stretchy, but breathable fabric. They fit snug, but not too snug, and the elastic around the wrist keeps dirt out. Mine got fairly dirty after a few weeks of use, so I threw them in the washing machine and the dryer, and they came out looking fine. They are also rather cute. They cost $18 a pair retail–which is a lot for garden gloves–but if you are the kind of person who does not lose their gloves and you work in the garden a lot, Ethels may be a good bet.
The second product I want to let people know about is the CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator. This was not a freebie. I bought one of these from a vendor at the Midwest Master Gardener Conference in July. It’s advertised as an all-purpose garden tool and I’ve used it to dig holes for transplants and to loosen soil, but its best use is in pulling weeds. The cobrahead is basically a sharp hook with a handle. On small weeds, a couple of quick passes with the cobrahead unearths the weed. On bigger weeds, you slide the hook under the crown of the root, making it much easier to remove the entire root. Yesterday, I pulled a bunch of weeds from my front garden in about 5 minutes with the Cobrahead. The short-handled version I have is $24.95 online. There is a long-handled version for a bit more.