Imagine my delight when Clarington Forge sent a box of English garden tools all the way to northern California. Genevieve Schmidt of NorthCoastGardening is known for making actual useful, instructive videos about garden tools–not the kind of rambling, intoxicated things we normally do on GardenRant — so Gen and I got together in my garden and I made a guest appearance in her videos, wherein I attempted to be a little more useful and instructive than normal.
Gen, by the way, is a landscape designer and garden coach, and one of the cool things she does for her clients is tool demonstrations. Imagine getting to try out tools in your own garden, on your own plants, before you go buy them! And having someone tell you how the tool holds up over time–how often it has to be sharpened, whether the handle breaks, etc etc. That's what Gen does. Which I think is a fabulous idea.
So–here are the videos we made about Clarington Forge's tools. And yes, we're giving some away! But there are special instructions, so you must pay attention:
To win the rabbiting spade pictured in this video, post a comment here, on GardenRant. This is a tool that's going to last you a lifetime, so be clever. Say something brilliant. Extra points, this time, for entries set to the music of any song by a British band. That gives you the entire Beatles catalog to work with–we know you can do it!
Okay! Was that fun? Good. Because it only gets better from here. We also reviewed this surprisingly cool Wizard rubber rake. With actual replacable tines. But you really have to watch the video to understand what's so cool about a rubber rake.
And if you want to win one? Gen's giving that one away. So get over to NorthCoastGardening.com and do her bidding if you want to win a rake.
So. To repeat: Comment here to win a spade, with extra points for any comment set to the tune of a song by a British band, and go talk to Gen to win a rake.
Who knows how long I've raked here? / You know I rake here still.
Will it last a lonely lifetime? If it's English, yes it will.
Come on! You can do better than that! Get to it!