Normally I’m a big fan of Target, but this time they’ve got it all wrong. Fifty bucks for the Sarah Hilton Folk Art Garden Tools? I don’t think so. We’re talking one flimsy looking trowel and a hand cultivator (does anyone really use those things?) “hand painted by artist Sarah Hilton.” We real gardeners know that if anyone actually used these tools, the hand painting would be smeared with dirt after the first session, if the trowel head hadn’t snapped off first. It’s so obvious this was designed–and marketed–by non-gardeners for non-gardeners. I pity any newbie just starting out who pulls out their plastic for this junk. Just think what $50 could get you in tools from Lee Valley, and they’d last you a lifetime. Sheesh.
If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.
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