A Fiskars garden tool giveaway!!!

Dee Nash with Gilmore hose and daffodils

When I posted about February garden chores last week, I mentioned a Fiskars garden tool giveaway. I finally got the photos ready, and now I can share it with you. I wrote for Fiskars for several years until I wrote my book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff.

I had to then focus upon book promotion. I still love the people at Fiskars, and they are always so kind to send products to my readers and me. Thank you Fiskars!

Note: This post contains affiliate links so that I get a small commission if you buy a tool. These small commissions make it possible to pay for blog hosting and other trivial things. No, I don’t get rich from blogging. Far from it. Ha!

Fiskars garden tool giveaway. Fiskars PowerGear2™ Lopper (18”) Dee Nash
My favorite Fiskars garden tool hands down, or hands up in this case, are my (18”) PowerGear2™ Loppers. I love them because I can get in the middle of rose bushes and not hurt myself. Here, I’m trimming a holly in my front border. These hollies are always getting out of hand.

My favorite Fiskars garden tool hands down are my Fiskars 18 Inch PowerGear Bypass Loppers. I love these short loppers because I can get in the middle of rose bushes with them and not injure myself. All of the loppers Fiskars makes are wonderful. I use them all the time and have many pair. The longer Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper is great for reaching branches in trees and shrubs.

Another great tool in your arsenal is Fiskars 7-16 Foot Chain-drive Extendable Pole Saw and Tree Pruner Click on the photos below to see them larger.

When we worked on this giveaway, Fiskars let me know they acquired Gilmour in 2015. Gilmour makes sprinklers, hose end sprayers and hoses. I asked if we could also include a sprinkler and hose in the garden tool giveaway this time. They said yes!

Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip
Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip

Among Fiskars most sought after tools are the Fiskars Non-stick Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snips. They are great for cutting daffodils and avoiding their sticky latex sap, but they are also used extensively by marijuana growers. Marijuana buds have sticky sap, and the snips’ nonstick coating is great for harvest. Just remember marijuana growing and consumption isn’t legal in Oklahoma so use your snips wisely if you buy them for our state. California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon growers–I’m sure I’m leaving out many states–perform your bud snipping with abandon. For the rest of us, they are great snips to have in the greenhouse because they are small. You can snip with precision.

Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snips are among their most sought after tools.
Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snips are among their most sought-after tools.

All of the Power Gear tools are great because they are easy on arthritic hands and shoulders. I use the Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner for everything from cutting back Phlox paniculata stems to pruning roses and other shrubs. You get more power with less hand strain. You gotta like that.

Dee Nash pruning a rose with Fiskars PowerGear2 Softgrip Pruner; Fiskars Garden Tool Giveaway
Pruning a rose with Fiskars PowerGear 2 Softgrip pruners. That’s just a shadow on my hand. I haven’t gotten some icky grunge or anything.

Fiskars offered to give the following away to one lucky reader:

  • One pair of PowerGear2 Pruners
  • One pair of PowerGear2 Loppers (18 or 35″ your choice)
  • One Garden Multi-Snip
  • One SoftGrip Micro Tip Snip
  • One Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7’–16′)
  • One Gilmour hose and one sprinkler
  • You’ll be completely set for spring!

So, here’s how the giveaway works. It starts today and runs through March 23rd at Midnight. To enter, I want you to tell me which Fiskars garden tool you think will be your favorite, and I’ll choose a winner based upon a random number selector. As I wrote above, the giveaway runs through March 23rd because I’m going to be traveling. I’ll announce the winner on March 26th sometime in the afternoon. The giveaway is only open to residents of the continental U.S. because of shipping costs. Sorry European and Canadian friends.

If you would be so kind as to tweet and share this post on Facebook, I would be ever so grateful. It gets harder and harder to get posts out across social media these days. Good luck to all of you!

UPDATE: Jennifer K. is the lucky winner of the garden tools! Thank you all so much for playing along. Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Behind the eight ball

Please welcome Jennifer Benner, co-author with Stephanie Cohen of The Nonstop Garden, published by Timber Press.  Jennifer has a horticulture degree from The Ohio State University and is a former associate editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband, Brent, live in northwest Connecticut.

As part of our celebration of RDR’s first guest post, Timber Press is giving away a copy of the The Nonstop Garden.  To enter the contest, please leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random. The Contest ends on Wednesday, May 26th at Midnight CST.

With simple plans and practical information The Nonstop Garden is a good choice for gardeners who want to expand their seasons of beauty.

Is it just me, or is it human nature to wait until the last minute to finally begin tackling a project? I like to think I’m not alone. It seems as though I’m constantly attempting to juggle lots of projects at once, letting a few hit the ground while keeping the most urgent ones going. Unfortunately, one of the ones that hit the ground this season is my garden. With a house addition in the works, my enthusiasm has been about as exciting as a deflated balloon. Many of my plantings are in the line of fire, so the weeds are ahead of me by a mile. I reluctantly concluded “What’s the point?,” since an excavator will be digging up the area to eventually make way for the new foundation later this year.

Easier to move than perennials, containers like this one in Jennifer's garden are a good choice during a remodel.

One project I do wish I had started earlier, however, is rescuing the kids. My diminished motivation (and morning sickness) has put me behind the eight ball in my efforts to get my plants to a safe zone. I should have started at least a month ago, but here I am five months pregnant, and finally dusting off my spade. Better late than never I suppose. My plan is to pot up as many kids as I can to maximize space and commandeer part of my kitchen garden to use as a holding area.

Part of the vegetable garden

As the rescue mission has gotten underway, I can feel the wind once again filling my gardening sails. I’m actually now excited about being forced to start over, fixing all those wrongs that have forever called to me to make them right. I can’t wait to make heads or tails out of the jumble of plants that have been residing in what I have come to call the giveaway bed—filled with all those freebies from GWA conferences and gardening friends.  I’m thinking being under a time crunch is now a blessing in disguise. I’m no longer feeling guilty or compelled to make sure every last plant is saved. I’m finding it much easier to let some of the less desirable plants meet their fate with the excavator.

A garden rescue is a lot like the television show Survivor—only the best game players survive and the rest get voted off the island. Among her many survivors will definitely be Achillea ‘Apricot Delight’.

I’m looking forward to this time next year, when I will be hopefully creating new garden rooms, planning fun textural and color combos, and building the foundation for new plantings with year-round interest. As for the rest of this year, I know at least the prized kids will be saved and I still have lots of container and veg garden juggling to look forward to—as my patio and adjacent kitchen garden are going to remain intact for now.