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Perfect for your girly gardening needs
The Pink Garden Kit
Member Name: zombieflesh
The Pink Garden Kit
Advantages: Good for beginners, good range of tools included, practical and you can get a lot of use out of it
Disadvantages: The pruning shears broke, seeds didn't flower
The Pink Garden Kit is describes as having "everything the budding pink gardener needs to transform anything from a window box to a full flower bed. Carefully thought out and lovingly put together it's perfect for everything, from pruning to planting."
The Pink Garden Kit contains:
- Large plastic trug with handle
- Foam kneeling pad
- One pair of heavy weight garden gloves
- One pair of light weight garden gloves
- Spool of gardening string
- Hand trowel
- Hand fork
- Pruning shears
- Plastic dibber
- Pink daisy seeds
- Plastic plant label sticks
- Tube of hand cream
I must admit I am a bit of a princess when it comes to mud and stuff, but this kit has forced me to brave it and sort out my garden. I have been using them all frequently over the past 2 years and they have served me well so far. The range of tools is good and they are proving to be hardwearing. The pink theme is great and I love how pretty the items look, it's very girly and makes doing the chores seem a little bit more fun.
Now I'll break it down in a bit more detail as some pieces have served me better than others.
-Trug- Basically, the trug is a large plastic basket with a handle, and this can be used to store and carry things around whilst you are gardening. It is practical and would probably be more useful if you have a large garden, mine's pretty small and I don't have to carry anything for any great distance. I just use the trug to keep everything stored neatly and at the moment it's acting as a storage box for seed packets and planting pots. It's lightweight but durable and is a good base to the kit.
-Kneeling pad- The kneeling pad has actually become one of my most frequently used pieces from this kit. It's made of thick, heavy foam and is quite solid. The idea is that you place it on the ground and then you can kneel down in comfort while you are working on the flower beds, or planting, or weeding etc. Not only is it great for giving your knees a bit of a rest, but it also keeps you from getting your clothes dirty and eliminates the problem of getting tears in the knee area of your jeans - perfect! It's really comfy and has worn really well. It's still in great condition with only a few scuffs and dents from where I've been using it to kneel down on gravel.
-Heavy weight gloves- These are a large, thick pair of gloves made from heavy cotton canvas type material, with suede panels. They are very hard wearing and are good for dealing with bigger jobs and handling plants with thorns. I have a holly bush and it's made it a lot easier and safer to cut it back when I'm wearing these gloves. I've also worn them when I was taking down some fencing panels to avoid getting splinters. They have lasted incredibly well, I use them frequently and they are still going strong in good condition with no rips or tears.
-Light weight gloves- These gloves are really cute, they are a light weight cotton material and have a pretty pink and white polka dot pattern. There are rubber dots on the fingers to add some extra gripping power. These are easier to move tour hands in and they give you a bit more freedom and flexibility than the heavy gloves do. I basically use these as a mud shield and to protect me from accidentally touching a bug when I'm planting or weeding! They have not lasted quite as well, they are getting a bit thin and there are holes forming at the end of the fingertips where my long fingernails have worn against the fabric and finally started to break through the material.
-String- String is a real necessity and I have found it really useful to have this on hand as there are plenty of occasions when I have needed to us it to secure and support my plants. There is enough to keep you going for a while and it is long lasting. It is not a natural fibre string, it is made of synthetic materials so you will need to cut it off and throw it away once you've finished with it.
-Trowel- The trowel is a basic must have tool. It is really light weight and allows you to dig small areas easily and accurately without making a huge mess like a big spade would. The head of the trowel is made of stainless steel and withstands the elements without rusting or becoming damaged. It cleans off easily and still looks shiny and new. The handle is made of a rubberised substance which makes it comfortable and easy to hold, at the same time providing you with a better grip.
-Fork- This is pretty much the same deal as the trowel. It is a lot more convenient to use a small hand held tool on my little flower beds. Again, the head of the fork is made of stainless steel and withstands the elements without rusting or becoming damaged. It cleans off easily and still looks shiny and new. The handle is made of a rubberised substance which makes it comfortable and easy to hold, at the same time providing you with a better grip.
-Pruning shears- I use my pruning shears a lot as I have lots of climbing plants and some small shrubs that need to be kept in check. Sadly these couldn't quite stand up to the level of usage and they became stiff and difficult to use. Eventually the hinged spring section broke and they were no longer useable. They were good while they lasted but not strong enough for frequent use and the blades would not cut through the tips of overhanging tree branches.
-Dibber- My first thought was, what the hell is this?! Well, this dibber is a little plastic stick with a handle and you can use it to make holes for planting seeds in. The spike creates a hole of the correct breadth and depth, all you need to do is press it into the earth and then you can pop the seed in and cover it over. This has been useful and I've used it a fair few times, it's quick and clean and you can use it in a flowerbed without causing disturbance to the surrounding plants. It still looks practically brand new!
-Daisy seeds- So you've got all the tools, and now you need something to plant! There is a small sachet of daisy seeds that are - of course - pink. I had absolutely no luck with these, I planted them and they didn't grow through. Maybe bad luck or maybe they were a dud lot. A nice touch and a good addition to the kit if they had of worked!
-Plant labels- These are for marking up what you have planted. You can write on them and then stick it into the ground next to your seeds or bulbs so you know what is planted there and don't forget about it while it's growing underground! I found these to be fairly useless, they are light weight and flimsy and they have almost all gone missing after being used outside in my garden. I think it would have worked better for seedlings that are cultivated indoors as they wouldn't get blown away by the wind.
-Hand cream- This is a nice little touch as we all know your hands need a nice bit of pampering after a hard session of working in the garden. It's a fairly basic hand cream, quite thick and greasy, but it is nourishing and softens your hands up a treat when they're feeling rough. The tube lasts for quite a while and it's a good idea to keep it with the garden things.
All in all, this is a kit that I keep going back to and I have had a lot of use out of it. This is perfect for someone starting out as it has all the little bits and pieces that you need. The tools are of a good quality as well as looking attractive. A good set that makes a lovely gift.
Summary: A comprehensive kit that is fit for a gardening Goddess
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