PlantCam Review and Giveaway

– Posted in: Tools and Equipment

Okay, I'll admit it: the first time I came across the TimeLapse PlantCam, I thought it was a gimmick. But this past September, when I attended the Garden Writers Association annual symposium, a thought struck me as I passed the PlantCam booth at the trade show. I asked the woman at the booth: "Could you [...]

Troy-Bilt Pony Lawn Tractor Review

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This year my family tried out the Troy-Bilt Pony Riding Lawn Tractor. Before I tell you what we thought of it, I thought I should explain what we've been used to cutting the grass with, so you know where we're coming from. Since 2002 we've been mowing our lawn and fields with a 15hp DR [...]

Plants vs. Zombies: Game Review

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

PopCap Games sent me a copy of their Plants vs. Zombies computer game. My 12-year-old son agreed to review the game. This is a compilation of his responses to my questions. Plants vs. Zombies is a defense type game. You are defending your house from the Zombies. It starts out easy but gets harder later [...]

Terra Composter: First Look

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Recently I was sent the Terra Composter, a composting container made by Algreen, a Canadian company. I was particularly interested in checking out their claim that the composter is "designed to withstand a Canadian winter without cracking," because they guarantee it for twenty years. I took a lot of pictures with my daughter's camera as [...]

Two Troy-Bilt Tillers

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We grew vegetables for years without a tiller I am not the vegetable gardener in this family. My husband, on the other hand, has been growing vegetables since he was a teen. When we finally moved here, a decade into our marriage, he brought along the front tine rototiller he had purchased as a single [...]

The Urban Compost Tumber

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Readers of this blog know I tend to get absorbed in the details of garden projects. But somehow the making of compost has been immune to such obsessions. To my mind, compost just happens. I don't really give it much thought. It might occur to me in the spring that the piles should really be [...]