Regular readers know that small space gardens come up a lot around here, whether I’m focusing on design, plant selection or even my recent foray into technology. Today I’m approaching this topic from a different angle – tools that are particular effective in smaller spaces.
Earlier this year, DeWit Tools sent me two of their new potting scoops – one to try and one to give away. Designed by longtime gardener Shawna Coronado, you can tell a real gardener played a role in the tool’s creation, as the scoop possesses a host of thoughtful features only a person who regularly gets their hands dirty would think of. For one thing, the scoop is larger than a traditional trowel with more deeply angled sides to keep soil from spilling out. The bottom edge is sharpened, making it effective for cutting through compacted soil and small roots. And Shawna added a feature I can’t believe hasn’t been thought of before – a small notch on the edge that’s perfect for slicing open bags of soil. Yes, I have a soil knife and garden scissors, and no, they are NEVER handy when I’m filling a new container or planting bed with soil or compost. Meanwhile, my trowel is always within grabbing distance.
Features like this make the DeWit potting scoop a solid tool for any size gardens, but container gardeners or others who garden in small spaces in particular should take note. Besides the features already listed, part of its uniqueness is in its larger size and durable construction of hand-forged carbon steel. All of this combined make it a perfect fit not only for scooping soil into containers, but a great choice for jobs too big for a traditional trowel, yet too small for a full-sized shovel. In my own garden, I plant a lot of one gallons and four inch pots, and I frequently find that a trowel does the job too slowly and messily, while a full-sized shovel is too awkward to maneuver in a constricted space. Say hello to your new best friend.
If Shawna’s name sounds familiar to you, that may because a photo from her garden is featured in Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces , and also in the presentations that I give on both vertical gardening and small space garden design. Shawna’s love of gardening and her connection to environment infuses everything she does. It’s wonderful to see her bring her talents to a new arena.
And now for the good part – the giveaway! To win your own DeWit potting scoop, leave a comment by midnight on March 20th. And you don’t have to be a small-space gardener; when it comes to giveaways this is an equal opportunity blog. As long as you are a resident of the United States, that is. The winner will be announced on this blog post on Thursday, March 21.
Good lucky everyone!
Updated 3-21: And the winner is Diane C.! Congrats Diane, and thank you to everyone who entered!