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Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Gardener's Christmas Present

This year, for Christmas, my husband got me a tractor scoot from Gardener's Supply Company. It wasn't a random choice on his part -- he asked what I wanted and I told him!

Today I got a chance to try it out and I love it!

It features a tractor style seat, which swivels, pneumatic tires, an area underneath the seat to hold tools etc and a basket on the front which you can put a bucket in to hold mulch, plants, trash/weeds etc.

I've been having knee problems this year, which has made gardening somewhat difficult, but this little tractor scoot really helps me out, as you can see below.

Today's task was cutting back all the tropical milkweed which had frozen back. I was able to trim it back to healthy green stems about 8 inches tall and it's already putting out new leaf buds.

I also did some weeding and mulching.  There were several zillion milkweed seedlings in this bed, along with the crepe myrtle and the established milkweed.  I don't have room for them all so most of them got dug in and mulched over.

If they manage to come back up, I'll take that as a sign I was meant to have more milkweed.

Tomorrow, after we take our Christmas lights down, I'll work in the front flowerbed. It needs some serious tidying up!

I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year.  I'll see you in 2012, when I'll be out in the garden again!

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Birdwoman said...

I got one of these for Christmas a few years ago for the same reason - bad knees. Unfortunately, mine is the old model that doesn't have a steering mechanism. That made it a bit clumsy to use. Hopefully, yours has such a mechanism. Happy "scooting"!

Jayne said...

Yes Dorothy, mine has the steering mechanism. At first I thought that was just for when you pull it, but I can steer and scoot while seated. Very handy for our contoured beds. I still have to stand and bend over to dig/weed in the back side of the beds, but for tasks where one normally kneels, it works great.

Hanna at Orchid Care said...

First of all, Jayne, Happy New Year!

Your scoot sounds like the ideal Christmas gift for someone whose life is so involved in gardening. I’ll bet it relieves all kinds of body stresses — the back, the knees, etc. Does the seat adjust upwards for taller people and downwards for shorter ones?

Ami said...

That scoot looks very helpful for a gardener! Great gift from your hubby! Happy new year to you and your family, Jayne!

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Jayne, I hope you have a happy and healthy 2012, with lots of fun using your scooter. P. x

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I've never seen one of those! It looks like a wonderful tool to allow you to reach things in comfort.