| Dear Customer,
After an entire fall full of dire economic predictions, it could
be that the only growth many of us see this year will be in the
garden. According to the pundits' current measurement of consumer
sentiment, we'll all be staying close to home, either cocooning
or nesting, which probably doesn't sound all that bad to most
If you are watching your expenditures this year, one of the best
ways to get the most out of a limited budget is to make sure that
the tools you buy are of high quality, have high utility, or really
complement your current kit; they don't have to be expensive.
Often overlooked are some of the traditional tools from other
countries, such as the Korean Ho-Mi digger on page 37. It can
do the jobs of a hoe, a mattock, a rake, a pick, and a trowel,
and is useful from first planting to final harvest. There's a
good reason it's been produced for more than five thousand years.
Of the many newer items in this catalog, the Kangaroo pocket
apron on page 181 is a favorite. It is not just a good tool, it
can actually change how you work in the garden. It frees you from
dragging along a bucket or container to hold clippings and weeds,
leaving both hands free as you work. It is equally useful for
harvesting, since it is easily emptied without taking it off;
just unfasten the chute and let the contents slide out.
It may not be five thousand years old, but it is one new product
that should stand the test of time.
Robin C. Lee