Important Gardening Tools List

gardening-tools-listHaving gardening tools list is one of obligation before you decide to come in gardening field. It means that tools are your friend in gardening and it is obviously important. Without appropriate tools, I am sure you cannot do gardening. This list is purposed for beginner gardener who wants to start this lovely activity. Gardening is enjoying after all.

Hand tools

The first gardening tools list is started by handy tools. We cannot deny hand tools are the best when we are in crucial situation. For example, hand rake is useful to pick up some leaves inside our garden. For your information, garden trash will appear whenever you look around your garden. Hence, hand rake can handle them easily. A tip in choosing hand rake, pick the brightest one in order to make you easier to find it somewhere in your garden. Secondly, water breaker is also important to keep away your plant from dehydration. Yep, plants are similar with human. They are alive and need water too. Hori-Hori is the next tool that you have to use it when digging and weeding your plant. It is a kind of knife especially in Japan.

Another important tool for handy gardener is scissors. You will use it in crucial moment which suddenly appeared in your garden. This tool cut down unnecessary leaves from your flowers too. For the branches, you can keep them in particular length with hand pruner. Sometimes, shallow-rooted weed always comes into your plants unexpectedly. Do not let it longer anymore by using hand weeder. That is all for hand tools, let us going to the more specific tools.

Long-Handled Tools

The second gardening tools list direct us into long-handled tools. In other words, these tools are quite difficult to use rather than hand tools. Actually, some of them are only the long version of hand tools before. But, it is necessary for you to know as beginner gardeners, right? Firstly, long-handled pruner will make you easier to cut down thicker branches than hand pruner. Secondly, digging will never as simple as using round-headed shovel. Only a few digs, you can create large hole for planting your plants properly. Moreover, this tool is also used to move some materials in a better way. For deeper hole, I prefer you to use transplant spade. It is preferred for confined grounds of your garden.

In soiling, you need particular gardening tools list too. Bow rake is the best tool for you because it is able to make some levels for soiling. For your information, it is able to remove sand or unnecessary materials and debris above your lands. Digging fork is the next tool that makes your soiling easier. Moreover, you can also use it as trash remover very well. Lastly, a huge amount of raking leaves will be removed by using leaf rake. It is the longer version of hand rake and more effective against large amounts of trash.


Our gardening tools list above is very important to be prepared for gardeners. It is only a general list which should make your gardening activity more fun and easy. There are more specifics tools for specifics gardeners too.

Unique Container Gardening Ideas

Please enjoy these entire container gardening ideas exclusively for you how want to start gardening your unnecessary area around your house. Gardening is very enjoyable activity because the result always makes us amazed with our own creativity.

garden-containers-ideaFire Garden

The first idea is using the colorful flowers from our plants. Flowers are the most favorite features in our garden because they are able to make it more cheerful and glorious. In this case, you cannot plant the flowers carelessly. I mean it requires special combination of flowers to make the perfect colors. First of all, planting copper container is necessary for the base color. After that, you can choose some contrasting color such as orange berries or purple cabbage. The center color would be good when you pick ornamental peppers such as Calypso. Pumpkins are our last decoration here. You should locate theme to neutral the colors. Because of those orange and yellow colors, that is why I called it as fire garden.

Elephant’s friends

Another option of container gardening ideas is playing with elephant’s ear. By the size of this plant, you can mix and match it into beautiful colors and container; even you can create a dramatic impression here. First of all, plant the elephant’s ear on your container. Then, choose other flowers, in this case which have smaller size. It is important to make the elephant’s ear more dominant than others. The rest is just filling in the blank what you really want to plant.

Bring On the Sun

The next idea from our container gardening ideas is bringing the sun into our garden. Of course, it is not the literal meaning of sun. But, we rely on low-treatment container here. With some SunPatiens, you are able to give the sun into your garden. The flowers are small and it is good for our garden instead of large and hard-to-maintain flowers. Do not forget to add asparagus on your pot in order to give calmness between others. I prefer to use six inches pot for sure because larger pot will make your garden felt empty.

Geraniums Built

The next container gardening ideas are appropriate for you who live in the Southern area. This area is full of geranium which strong against humidity and hot temperature. You must plant them in order to represent how precious geranium in your place. One of developed geraniums is called as Calliope. You can find this flower easily too. Although it will make crowded pot, it does not move from the container itself. In other words, you can choose higher pot to carry them all. Please do not put only single flowers inside it because it won’t give you perfect view after all.

Old Ones

Lastly, we play with something old combination of container gardening ideas. Some flowers like Tulips, Lavender and other plants which mainstream in your place can be a perfect combination. Although it is very easy to find, fuse them into one is quite difficult. Choose neutral colors such as purple and pink or their natural colors for better picks.

Picking Tips from Phoenix Home and Garden for Gardener

phoenix-home-and-gardenPhoenix Home and Garden is a magazine which concern about house and gardening. This magazine is published monthly. It means that every month gardener will be serviced by many tips about gardening from the expert. One more important thing is that this magazine takes the data based on the real environment of Phoenix in Arizona. That is why the name is the same with the city. Moreover, we can see some gardening tips especially for desert plants because desert is the dominant area in Arizona. It is located at the Southwest of America. Today, I would like to present you one of popular tips for newbie gardener in picking plants.


Pumpkin Chic

The first pick of Phoenix Home and Garden for Gardener is from Plush Pumpkin which one of popular maker of tabletop in Phoenix. Yeah, pumpkin-like is one of best picks for newbie gardener because it is easy-to-handle in circumstances. This is also good start for local farmer in growing their business. For your information, this company has offered new and fresh Italian Lambskin collection now. It has sophisticated look and design. If you want to attract your buyers, this Lambskin will easily get their attention. You can carry so much fruits and other garden product with these pumpkins. The sizes and colors are variants. You should pick your favorite one.

Flirty Flowers

Need something different for your garden, these flirty flowers are the second tip of Phoenix home and garden for beginner gardener. You can plant them event without digging a hole because they have flexible stems. There are three main colors such as red until orange. The breeze will easily make them move and make your garden more attractive. The blooms are the best part here. It has big and round bloom which able to retain rainwater and birdseed. Of course, butterflies love to descend into these flowers too. What an instant way to make your beautiful garden, right?

Grip Tools

The Phoenix home and garden recommends these grip tools for beginner gardener. They are manufactured by Fiskars Big Grip tools. Gardening activities force us to always be at the outdoor. In other words, the projects should be done in outdoor condition. These grip tools will help you against this situation properly. You can dig, weed or transplant any kind of plant at your garden. Moreover, those tools come with different sizes and functions as I said earlier. It gives comfort activities even in the extreme lands at once. The tools are designed with aluminum head to help the gardeners fasten their works.

Hands Free

Last but not least, Phoenix Home and Garden has comfortable outfit for women gardeners here. It is called as Women’s Heirloom Gardening Vest. It consists of many pockets around the stomach section to save and load gardening items. We know that gardening is outdoor activity that always makes us forget to place something in the yard. By those twelve pockets, you can carry anything that you want to carry. Moreover, travelling is also the next function of this outfit.

How to Make Personalized Garden Stones

Making your own personalized garden stones will be your next activity especially for family time. Yeah, this should be your agenda because it includes so much fun and creativity. The garden stones are such as a name for a garden. It provides so many words and images for your garden. Hence, your garden will be more attractive and becomes the playground for our children. What you have to prepare is just 5 gallon bucket as the tools and concrete as the materials. I prefer to use your handprints here as the memorial garden stones in the future.


Now, we are going to the first step of making personalized garden stones. As I said earlier, you need to buy or prepare your 5-Bucket gallon as the main form of your garden stones later. The size of this bucket is the most appropriate one for a stone obviously. If it is not suitable, you can cut down the size by using a jigsaw. Cut it slowly in order to get perfect form as well. When you got some difficulties, please ask a favor for your family members to hang on the bucket while you are cutting. It is more fun and challenges your cooperation with your family, right?

Secondly, prepare your lubricating oil and then apply them in your 5-Bucket gallon. It is necessary to make your personalized garden stones into perfect form. In other words, it won’t be moved into another area that has no oiled before. The lubricating oil is able to sticky up the concrete when you pull down it into the bucket. Once again, this is quite difficult step for doing it alone. Some helps from other will be better especially in pulling the oil. It is liquid materials. Four hands are enough to do it.

Thirdly, we will play with some concrete materials now for our personalized garden stone. Just mix them with some water on the bucket. I prefer you to buy premixed concrete because won’t give you hard or tough concrete. To smooth it up, the use of scrap lumber is required. The difficult part is when you doing this from the lower level of the form until the top. Actually, it depends on your stone’s size. But, the thicker the better, right? In this phase, you can freely use any concrete brands. It depends on your desire after all.

The next step of making personalized garden stones is customizing your pre-stone. I mean the stone form before it becomes dried and hard. You can use handprints, words, name, pattern or any images you want to. You should rely on your own creativity here. Some decorations such as bands or additional feature can be used after the stone is ready. Last but not least, remove your stones from its form (the bucket). Then, prepare the place of it on your garden. Digging some holes is needed for better location.


After all of the personalized garden stones steps above are done, now you can add extra accessories for them. This activity will be more fun if you included your families especially for children.

Rebranding of Organic Gardening Magazine


The summer usually brings fun and enjoying moment, but it did not happen for Organic Gardening Magazine. There is no more Organic Gardening since last summer in 2014. One of the posts of Gardent Rant told his story about this popular magazine in the entire Canada into Florida. She claimed that she got a message from his friend that worked together in Garden Organic. This is happened because the boss of this magazine, Rodale, hired a new editor named James Oseland for this magazine. Then, soon he would change the whole name into Organic Life. Of course, it was surprising news for gardeners who love to read much information about gardening from this magazine.

He is Don Boekelheide as the varieties’ tester for Organic Gardening Magazine for more than ten years. If the previous concern of OG (Organic Gardening) was at garden, plants and around about this segment, now it comes with fresher and more extra spaces like cooking, houses without going away from gardening. Although they declare that OG just was rebranded, this evolution is quite disappointing for the former staffs. The formers want this magazine to give specifics information for gardening only such as advices, tips, how-to be gardener, etc.

Not a New Story

Actually, rebranding is not a new story for Organic Gardening Magazine. The friend of Don who texted him earlier, Doug, claimed that OG has 9 times rebranding before the last one including the name. The biggest one was happened in 2010 ago. From this time, OG starts to give a new page of area for their readers like lifestyle content and recipes. Some of gardeners criticized about this deviation of gardening magazine. However, they could accept it by the times. Otherwise, this magazine has many awards-winning after the story. It means that they want to give fresh air in rebranding moment that they have done and it was happening once again last year.

Once again, Don thinks that this time is too much change for Organic Gardening Magazine rather than the latest rebranding in 2010. Some of his friends who also join this work agreed his statement obviously. They do not want OG becomes casual or lifestyle magazine besides of gardening format that flowed OG name to won awards. They also concern about the gardeners who always exhausted for gardening information via Organic Gardening. He told how many changes that he passed after his father asked him to read OG in the past until he becomes the varieties’ tester and organic grower of gardening nowadays. Then, he doubts now that this magazine will offer straightforward information because of the new topics that appears in the new name.

Modern Lifestyle

I do agree with this organic grower about Organic Gardening magazine. OG supposes to be the real gardening magazine that focuses to give many advices for new gardeners and farmers all over the world. If they force to add some new topics, it will be understood by the readers without decreasing the gardening segments though. We know that people live in modern lifestyle these days. It will be better if they stick with their original theme as the debut of OG in 1940s ago.

Things to do for Garden Shed Kits


We won’t be running out of idea when discussing garden shed kits because there are bunches of them available or exist in this modern world now. On other hand, these kits or types were only at finger counts in the past. Deriving from this reason, I want to share things to do with these kits for you who building garden shed in the back of your home below.

Metal roofing

Expensive is the first word that came out from our thought after reading metal roofing of garden shed kits, right? Based on some researches, its price is twice times of the asphalt roof’s cost. I do agree that the cost is expensive, but it works only for small garden shed. If you placed it on medium or larger shed, I believe the cost is equal with the benefits that you will get even more. The most benefit is you do not have to replace the roof with other materials for next thirty until fifty years, thanks to the strong surface and weatherproof features of metal. I do not recommend you to use plywood because it will be easily broken against extreme weather.

Tool Locker

This is an optional place for your garden shed kits. Of course, we want our shed becomes tidier instead a lot of stuff and tools on the floor. I prefer to build it at the back or sides of your shed. If you have no idea, place it near the shed door instead. For the materials, just prepare pegboard as the studs of the locker. Then, the interior size is only 12 inches of your garden shed. For practical doors, buying steel pre-hung doors are recommended. The latest price that I found on the store is only $110 per door. It is necessary to swing it out or in if you want to take the kits and tools of your garden.

Simple Flooring and Foundation

After getting roof and tools, the garden kits meet your floor every day. It will be better if we prepare something strong against liquid and hard materials of the floor. You can combine the plywood and gravels as the floor foundation then cover them up with cement pavers. This floor is strong enough against how many stuff you will place above the floor. Moreover, the paver resists the water by draining it quickly from the surface. You have no worry about the cleaning maintenance because this floor is able to be rinse every day you want to clean. Meanwhile, the foundation of your garden shed should use pressure lumber or hardwood with plywood ceilings for the garden shed kits.

Big doors

This is another optional feature for your garden shed kits especially for the shed. The doors will cover up your garden stuff and materials from any crimes and weather. We know that outdoor shed comes as the storage of our garden, even some of people us the shed as their living spaces too. Big doors are the best one because they won’t prevent you when picking up large stuff such as tree trunk and many more. Besides of big, easy access door is also necessary such as sliding door. You do not have to push them and make some space around your garden shed by this door’s type.

The Benefits of Solar Garden Fountains


Solar garden fountains refer to the fountains that we have usually used for garden accessories. Solar here means that the fountains will face the sunlight directly. In other words, it is an outdoor type of garden fountains. If we look for the benefits of outdoor garden fountains, I believe that this article cannot handle them in single post. Moreover, there are plenty of garden fountains which available in the store and even created by DIY method users. However, it does not a matter whether you choose many types or only single type of garden fountain because the benefits will be followed the garden fountains obviously. Here are some major benefits if you have solar or outdoor garden fountains in your back yard.

Relaxation Zone

Do you figure out that solar garden fountains will melt away all of your tiredness after having many activities all day long? Many people love to sit in front of the garden fountain for hours in order to meditate and relaxing their mind and body. Say goodbye to your stress because this is very natural way to fix your tiredness. The sound of the water gurgling from fountains is the strongest hero against your stress. You can add a bench or some chairs in front of the fountain and feel how great your garden after having a fountain in the middle of it. I think this is the best benefits of solar garden fountains. Close your eyes for seconds and feel the nature right at the back of your home.

Focal Point

The next advantage of solar garden fountains is to make a focal point of your garden easily. Moreover, you do not have to build a pump system because of solar energy that able to move the fountain. Let us take an example from Oriental theme. You can add a Buddha fountain as the focal point of your garden. For your information, you are also able to make the theme simpler or even more complexity if you want. The solar energy will run the water easily in this summer weather. The battery will save the energy from sunlight and the fountain will still work even in the night.


This benefit makes us smile larger than before for solar garden fountains. We usually doubt about the durability of something which did not derive from stone materials. Mostly, garden fountains come from stone especially outdoor fountains. They will be strong against any weather and condition including rainy and snowy days. Good news says that these fountains are available with many shapes and designs as Buddha fountain earlier. Although the price is quite expensive, I think it is equivalent with the results that we get from this material.

Cost Varieties

Talking about cost of solar garden fountains, I have to inform you that the price relies on the size and design of the fountains. The larger garden fountains, the more expensive you will pay. Materials are also one of the factors, but I found most of fountains derive from stone materials. There are plenty of designs that you can choose. I suggest you to put the appropriate one for your garden.

Fast Growing Plants in Our Planet


We usually do not know that there are many fast growing plants in this planet. This is natural habit because we cannot even measure a millimeter growth of our plants in the garden when we stare at them all day long. On other hand, the fast growth will be able to be observed when you did not take a look at them for a week or months. That is why I said it is natural or common thing in human life.

The question is that are you ready to see some fast growing plants in this article? Of course, you are ready because we will plant some of them for our garden in this summer, right?



If we talk about bamboo, we will talk more about China as its home base instead of fast growing plants. For your information, bamboo is able to grow its body up to ten centimeters for a day. If you have patients enough, you can prove it by yourself sitting in front of them all day long. Most of people doubt to plant bamboo for their garden because it will eat their garden’s space just for couple months obviously. However, bamboo is a sustainable plant. In other words, re-planting bamboo is not an impossible activity for you who want to sell it for commercial.

Hybrid poplar


Although the growth of poplar is not as fast as bamboo, this plant deserve as one of fast growing plants. Because of its fast growth, many furniture manufacturers rely on this plant as their industrial segments. If your garden needs some shade trees, I prefer you to plant hybrid poplar. You just wait around five years to harvest some poplars from its tree. We know that sometimes we have to enjoy our garden. However, it will be ruined by sunlight if there is no shade tree at all. Hybrid poplar is your solution. Moreover, poplar will reach 10 feet of length just in a year.


If your garden has a fountain or watery area, I believe it will be contaminated with duckweed easily. This flowering plant will reproduce their lives just for thirty hours in a cycle. You can do nothing if your garden has this kind of small plant. We are very impressed by the fast growth of this plant obviously. Some experts measure its growth for a month and they got an amazing size of Duckweed at same as an Earth’s masses. So, we cannot omit this plant when we are talking about fast growing plants. In addition, the spreading movement of Duckweed is almost found all over the world.

Eastern Cottonwood

Last but not least of our fast growing plants, Eastern Cottonwood has main spreading around North America. In a year, this tree is able to grow at ten until fifteen feet and it will continue for couple years more in the future even the length increases around five feet per year. Scientists claim that this growth will always be happened for a quarter of century. Even I cannot count how many feet of this tree length for fifteen years.

Wild Word Garden Tips for Beginner


I am sure all of kids and teenagers know about Wild Word Garden online games. Can you imagine that you are able to grow some plants on your garden just by using powerful words? Yep, you can realize that moment inside this board game via internet. In this game, you do not need to prepare water can and plant’s seed to grow up your garden. Instead growing plants with seed, you just create the scrambled letters into your plans. If you hate with the ads pop up while playing, you can remove them by register as Shockwave Unlimited member. It brings so many benefits for you who love this game properly. Besides of skipping the ads, your account also get bonus token.

Wild Word Garden represents the easiness of gardening. We have many crucial factors for gardening in the real life. Some of them are areas, seeding and growing the plants. In this game, you would not ever to think about those crucial factors because what you really need is only how many vocabularies that you have in this late. This is only a mini-game which means that you won’t need high-spec devices or PC to play it. A Web-Based online games are quiet popular these days because of the development of smartphones and tablets. Everyone can access this game wherever and whenever they are now.

Tips and Strategies

I have some tips and strategies in playing Wild Word Garden especially for beginner players who curious about this mini-game. Read some tips below in order to make you pass the game easily.

In every round of Wild Word Garden, you just have a free word option. It means that you must use it only for dangerous situations. For example is when you have a lack of knowledge or no idea with the words that you need to put. Hence, use this option with your wisdom.

In Wild Word Garden, you are able to choose the words that you want to pass. However, this choosing session is only for short period. I prefer to choose three or four letters words rather than five or more letters. It will be easier for you to break the words. The impact is also bigger because the time accumulation can be used for other longer words.

A trick for you who want to pass every round easily is by using all of the letters before the last word coming up. At last, you will be shown a clue of the letters that you want to guess. Of course, it makes you easily to guess it. Believe me that the last word is very easy to answer.

Sometimes, we got stuck in guessing the words of Wild Word Garden. Just push the Shuffle words right below the performing letters. Do not be tired to click it whenever you have stuck way because reshuffling it will give you many ideas.

Foreseeing the next word of Wild Word Garden is very possible for you in this game. Just use this habit by seeing the rest of the letters when you are working the current word. This habit will increase your brain speed in guessing the next word.


Making Personalized Garden Stones with Hotwire Machine Instructions


Personalized garden stones will make differences of your current garden. By this stone, it will enhance the variety and aesthetic view for the garden. Literally, garden stones are one of garden accessories. The design is customizable as sticky as its name, personalized garden stone. Because its flexibility, the stones are quite easy to be DIY method. Moreover, your work will be easier with the support of hotwire machine.


Before we make personalized garden stones, of course materials preparation is necessary. First of all, you need to create or buy forms for the garden stone. Then, some concrete items such as cement and sand should be prepared at the beginning. Some concrete compliment such as water and mortar come as the completion. Next, you have to find some sponges, buckets, spreaders and buckets. The useful tools like cans or cups will make you easier to measure the ingredients. The main tools are Styrofoam or EPS foam are functioned for making the names or messages of your garden. If necessary, you can make a bottom board. It will help you in molding the stones. Last but not least, hotwire machine is your last tool in this activity.

Selecting Forms

The next thing to do for your personalized garden stones is selecting the forms. If you have more budgets, I suggest you to buy some brick forms. The price range starts from $10 until $13. Some big box stores provide these kinds of brick. This depends on your desire whether the forms are large or medium. If you have large space, why not to choose largest shapes.

Put your name or message

This is my favorite activity of making personalized garden stones. In designing your own name should appropriate with the size of the bricks or stones. I recommend you to print out the fonts from computer and then cut the letters by using scissors. It will be more effective rather than directly carving on the stones. It takes your precious times for some reasons. Do this activity for all of the projects such as naming and messaging.


After all of the letters are cut, gluing them into blank foam is the next activity that you have to do.

Cutting on Hotwire

The next step is placing the current letters or messages into the hotwire. I think you need to conduct some practices before you get the best result of personalized garden stone. Of course, do not directly cut the main letters in testing phase. Keep in mind you set the correct temperature though.

Bottom Board

Now, we are working with bottom board of personalized garden stones. Then, you must line out them as straight and equivalent as possible when you start your work. They must be at the flipped position. If you have difficulties, I prefer you to use mirror.

Concrete Mix

We are reaching concrete items production. The comparison between the sand and cement must be 3:1. If you want to use colorant, add it on the water. The measurement of the colorant is only for two spoons with a half of cans of water. That is all. Mix them all and pour them carefully. The time management is needed here. You have to wait at least one until two days of drying sessions. At last, remove all of the mold and clean the personalized garden stones with fresh water.