21 great garden & harvest tools
Let this fresh crop of design-savvy planters, tools, and harvest helpers add some spark to your gardening
In addition to the basics, The Essential Urban Farmer (Penguin, 2011; $25), by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal, tackles topics like beekeeping. Backyard orchardists will find help in Colby Eierman’s Fruit Trees in Small Spaces (Timber Press, 2012; $25). Like to eat as much as you like to garden? Willi Galloway’s Grow Cook Eat (Sasquatch Books, 2012; $30) gives a recipe for each crop.
This portable spout (and inspired space saver) converts a used plastic bottle into a watering can. Twist & Spout (fits 2-liter bottle, $8; at Stumasa, 415/759-1234).
Before you make tea or sachets out of your lemon verbena or lavender, you’ll need to dry the herbs, of course. Enter this useful foldaway rack (from High Country Gardens, $20; highcountrygardens.com).
Herbs such as basil, mint, parsley, and sage dry well in single layers on a rack (clean window screens also work). When fully dry, store in airtight containers. Medium herb, flower, and bud drying rack, from $36; amazon.com