| Dear Customer,
Maybe it's a sign of aging, but it seems that many people just
don't fix things anymore. And who can blame them – advances
in technology and production have moved many consumer products
(electronics and power tools in particular) into the realm of
disposables; products are either too complex to repair or so inexpensively
made that they're not worth the effort. Consumption is slowly
becoming our only option, and there's an entire generation that's
missing out on the experience of exercising a manual skill to
create (or preserve) value.
Fortunately, that's just not the case in the garden, where it's
still what you do with your mind and your hands that matters most.
That isn't to say that there aren't tools that will make a particular
task easier or that can help perform a job in less time, but there
are few products that can credibly promise to make you a better
The best gardeners seem to be those who have developed the discipline,
commitment, planning, patience, foresight and even cunning to
deal with the myriad problems and challenges that arise on a regular
basis. It's an activity that lets you make the small fixes that
result in big "saves".
Perhaps that's a large part of the cachet of gardening: it's
an activity without lasers, chips, electronics, or obsolescence.
Gardening not only acknowledges your inner Luddite, but keeps
it nourished as well... and the purchase of an odd hand tool
here and there doesn't hurt either.
Robin C. Lee