The 2009 International Builders’ Show was held in Las Vegas recently, and we were there. As always there were some great new products on display, from ceiling fans that play music and siding made from bark to titanium hammers and motorized scrapers. Here are a few of the more innovative ones that stood out as top-notch.
This time of year in the garden, most everything is hushed, hunkered down, waiting for spring. The trees and shrubs patiently tolerate bird feeders, decorations, and dustings of snow, but if you listen closely, you can almost hear the snoring. This is the time of year when a gardener has to practice trust, but I love to sneak around the winter garden and see if I can catch a glimpse of spring.
I got a call a while back from the editor of Popular Mechanics magazine who asked if I’d be interested in writing about building a traditional-style carpenter’s toolbox. I said, sure, but suggested that rather than building it entirely out of wood, I’d use a more unusual, cooler-looking material: a sheet of polished aluminum diamond plate.
January is National Mail Order Gardening Month. If you’ve never checked out a gardening catalog, it’s well worth the time and can open up a whole new world of possibilities. Read on to find out the advantages of ordering by catalog, tips for choosing a reputable mail order grower, and how to care for your plants when they arrive.