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Solutions For When Good Garden Accessories Go Bad

watering garden with ripped hose

Every season I have a gardening disaster of some kind. No kidding. Every experienced gardener that I know has the same issue – hoses rip, tools break, watering systems clog, plants die, and the list goes on. Above you see a temporary solution I had to rig up during the mid-July extreme drought of 2012 when my sprayer clogged and I could not get it off the hose. Watering via ripped hose worked just fine.

Below are a few resources for you which might help when your garden accessories go hay-wire:

  1. Maintenance – First rule – maintain your tools and garden accessories. Preventative maintenance makes a big difference in the lifespan of your garden products.
  2. Repair – When a tool breaks, you can often get it repaired locally. Some independent lawnmower repairmen will sharpen tools and make repairs for you at a low price.
  3. Free – If you do not have a budget to buy a new tool, then search for and list your needs on Freecycle.org and Craigs List. Both are fantastic resources for free garden accessories.
  4. Friends – Contact friends and ask if you can have a plant when they divide their perennials – it’s a great way to replace dead plants mid-season.
  5. DiscountEbay has an unlimited listing of garden tools, hoses, and other accessories. You might have to pay for the items, but you can find it for a significantly reduced price.
  6. Sale – Oft times I can buy something, but cannot afford to pay full price. Personally ask a garden center manager if he will lower the price a bit for you. You might be surprised at how often this works.

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5 Comments

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    Joe Rapanut
    July 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    That’s was an amazing speech I have officially changed my mind I’m gonna make my part wood lot of a garden a small change and then see how far I can take I live a low income community but I’ve been known to have a green thumb. I’ll post photos of my changes on your FB page . Joe the tree guy

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      Shawna
      July 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks for watching my TEDx speech Joe! I wish you lots of luck with your garden project.

      Power to the Garden!!

      Shawna

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    Trisha
    July 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    heh, Shawna, I know this photo… i FEEL this photo 😀 Love your creative solution! The side of our hose end sprayer cracked and sprayed out just like that, Jon noticed, right where it says ‘made in china’ Luckily I have the best maintenance guy around as my partner!

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      Shawna
      July 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      You got it Trish. 🙂

      Thanks for your note.

      Shawna

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    Pocket Hose
    July 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for posting your solutions for garden accessories gone bad. It seems like there is an endless amount of problems that are possible each year.

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