Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2006
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Garbage Pail for Garden Duty
Use a lightweight plastic garbage pail to collect weeds and prunings as you move around the yard. Push it around in a wheelbarrow or garden cart, and when the can is full, empty it into your compost or debris pile, and continue collecting.

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand Lotion in the Garden
Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand lotion or cream before putting on your gloves. Add extra cream under your fingernails. As you work, your hands will absorb the cream. When you remove the gloves, your hands will have benefited from the cream rather than suffered from the moisture-removing soil. In addition, the soil will be more easily washed from under your fingernails because the cream or lotion formed a barrier.

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