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.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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