Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2004
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Long-Handled Spading Fork
Instead of a shovel, I depend on my long-handled spading fork for heavy-duty garden digging. The tines enable easier entry into the soil, break up soil clumps more readily, and enable quick mixing of amendments. The long handle allows me to do the work without bending too much, and it provides leverage for lifting and moving soil. The two brands I have are Bulldog, and Spear and Jackson, and I've been equally thrilled with them both.

Clever Gardening Technique

Provide for Birds
Provide protected nesting and feeding stations for winter's hungry birds, and keep them well-supplied with seeds, suet, and water. They'll reward you in the spring and summer by eating the garden's undesirable insects.

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