Inspirations

March 26, 2006|By SUSAN REIMER | SUSAN REIMER,SUN REPORTER

SPLURGE OF THE WEEK

MADE INTO A SHADE

This lightweight tool, called the "soil scoop," handles a number of jobs in the garden. It can lift soil out of tight places, like pots and bags, without spilling. Its serrated edges are handy for opening bags or scoring soil away from the roots of new plants. Its pointed tip is perfect for digging furrows, and its bright colors make it easy to find in the garden.

Visit your local lawn and garden center or go to createagarden.com.

Suggested price: $17.95.

REALITY CHECK

JUST WIPE IT OFF

What a true gardener needs is a gardening book that can go with him into the garden.

Meredith Books, in cooperation with Scotts, Ortho and Miracle-Gro, has produced a series of spiral-bound garden books that are durable, water resistant and can lie flat.

Each book measures only 5 by 8 inches and features 96 pages of advice in a true take-it-with-you format. Topics include water gardens, roses, perennials, lawns and vegetables.

Waterproof Books

Price: $9.95

Visit your lawn and garden center or meredithbooks.com.

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