My friend in USA has a fold-up thick plastic, two-wheeled wheelbarrow.
It has a ten-year guarantee. I couldn't believe the amount of lawn
cuttings and weeds it took. It folded almost flat on her inside garage
wall whilst hanging up. She even washed her dog in it because
apparently it's 99% waterproof. There are different sizes but she
bought a green handled one! She can't remember the name, something like
Does any one have an idea where I could buy one in the UK? I would
really appreciate knowing. Thank you.
Hmm, $250 is a lot for what it is. It's not a cart and it's not a
wheelbarrow. I don't like the shape of the barrow part, doesn't look
convenient for mixing stuff, I don't like those sharp corners. I think a
wheelbarrow one can buy for like $30 at the local hardware will offer much
more utility for the gardner, and with the money left over one can buy a
really nice utility cart... for heavy hauling I have the 17 cu ft heavy duty
dump cart (Lowes had it for $200), pulled with miost any garden tractor. I
also have a meduim sized nursery cart, comes in very handy.
I like the Agri-Fab products much better.
The fact that it folds bothers me the most, in my experience those kind of
contraptions negate any claims of heavy duty and break and/or wear out
quickly. I think that hefty price tag is for the foldability hype, in
actual use I'd bet it rarely gets folded.
I have a 4 cu ft poly wheelbarrow with wooden frame and pneumatic tire that
I bought for about $15 some 30 years ago, still going strong... not a very
good picture of my wheelbarrow but it's what I could find:
I wouldn't want anything larger/heavier
for gardening. I wouldn't want a contractor's type wheelbarrow for
gardening, I much prefer the shallow type, I'm not mixing concrete although
a few times I have used it to mix small batches. I have plenty of space in
my two barns but if space were a problem mine stands on end on it's front
lip and wheel, or it's plenty light enough that I could easily hang it from
a hook Where I live distances are great, I don't want to push anything too
heavy or heavily laden... for heavy loads I prefer a wagon, either my big
agri-fab behind either of my tractors:
or this one:
This wagon is extremely
handy for gardening, was only $70 at Lowe's... can be towed behind a garden
tractor too. And when you have little helpers this is the best:
My wheelbarrow, big Agri-Fab, yellow cart, and the red Radio Flyer cost
just a bit more than that flimsy looking (to me) $250 foldable. And many
times when I have outdoor chores all I carry is a 5 gallon contractors pail
with one of those pocketed inserts for tools:
Sometimes all I want is an empty bucket
with just the few tools I'll need for the job.
Do you mean four legs or four wheels? You may have the same yellow cart I
got from Lowe's. I also like that the sides fold down... and I made plywood
liner for mine.
I'm ten years older, you're still a young chick.
Do you still live in New York? I lived in many places over the years but
wouldn't have been happy retiring anywhere but NY. The Catskills are lovely
and I like the seasons. At one point I considered Idaho, even bought a
gorgous 80 acre lot in Bonner County north of Sand Point, but then realized
they had little to offer that people need, not even adequate medical
I spent the majority of my adult life living and working on Lung Guyland,
mostly in Suffolk County. Yes, the Catskills have lots of very ethnically
segregated enclaves from when it was a popular resort area during the '50s
but not so much anymore. Most of the old bungalow colonies have been long
deserted, went into disrepair, and so the developers bought them for the
land to build housing and shopping malls.
I have a friend who lives in New Braunfels, TX so I know something about the
weather in that area; hot and hotter. The ground is mostly rock, the soil
what little exists is poor, and there isn't much rain. I've been told it's
not a good area for gardening. My friend brought in a fortune worth of
topsoil just so they could plant what they consider the bare essentials,
they have four acres with a small pond... they send me pictures, mostly it's
brown and the pond almost dry. They also have an extensive automatic
irrigation system but mostly watering is greatly curtailed by local
governtment. I actually mail them vegetables from my garden. They ended up
in Texas because he was in the military and mostly stationed there. After a
20 year military career he worked there another 20 years. They are
originally from Indiana, they'd love to go back, but they have a big house
and right now real estate is not doing well.
I never said it is, that would be as silly as thinking all of NYS is like
NYC. I mentioned only what I've been told about New Braunfels and it's
immediate surrounding area, that mostly it's hot and dry. I can't say first
hand because I've never been to that part of Texas. I've driven through
northern Texas many times in my travels cross country, I thought that was
very desolate, lifeless, and dreary looking, but I know better than to judge
an entire state by what can be seen from the Interstate.
So what brought a Brooklyn girl from Noo Yawk Cidy to Teyxas?
Good for you. It's nice to hear from someone on the net who is happy and
secure. Many people I've encountered in newsgroups are confused, bitter,
and needy. But then you're a Brooklyn girl, you're tough, you have
perserverence, fortitude, and endurance.
It's a different world now, nowhere is safe anymore. I'm glad I did all my
traveling when I was younger. The last time I boarded a plane was 15 years
ago, there were no metal detectors and luggage searching then. People I
know who fly regularly say it's a nightmare to travel. I'm glad I'm happy
staying near to home, typically I go into town once a week, otherwise I've
no reason to set foot off this property. Last year I drove my car 700
miles, I spend more hours on my tractor.
Fear and danger are subjective. The ability to be calm or centered
seems to decreases as we age. Still ....... nothing can be done till
the opportunity presenters present otherwise it resides in only our
Bill a martial arts kind of guy.
Lost over 50 % of our fish due to a great blue heron.
The survivors seem like they were never here.
I know and lament still.
Knowing does not change anything
Just more barberry and awareness
Confusing but it is the way it is.
What to plant ?
I don't know what planet you're on (or what you're on) but the problems in
todays' world on planet Earth are real, they're not imagined... I wish they
were imagined but unfortunately they're very real.
According to the definition of "pretentious" and your often
espousement of your beliefs, I question this, as I question your
You obviously know little to nothing of Watts. Judeo/Christian, as
envisioned by you, he was not. When Alan spoke of God, he was not
speaking of the God which you envision.
You totally misunderstood the intent of my post. It was a serious
inquiry. Your reply was a reflection of....what?
And you are correct, I shall concern myself not at all with you or
your beliefs. Your concern with yourself has led you to your
misunderstanding and my decision to not seek further wisdom from your
Concern yourself not with my mind, be concerned with your own. I was
referring to myself when I spoke of yet another thing upon which to
"There is but one ultimate Power. This Power is to each one what he is
to it." - Ernest Holmes
Yeah, all this theoretical psychobable will never go anywhere except into
perpetual orbit... let's return to reality... move on from wheelbarrows.
Spring is nigh, let's discuss perhaps rototillers, anyone have one, more
than one, commentary? I have three, an Italian made monster
http://www.del-morino.it/english/english/prodotti.html that tills a 5'
swarth behind my tractor, a 7 horse Simplicity that's like riding a rodeo
bull, and what has become my favorite, a mild mannered Mantis.
The Italian tiller is that orange thing in the far corner:
The tubs are good but you may want to have a couple of raised beds for
veggies too. And I think as long as the soil warms well during the day it
might help with your cooler nights, so think about raised beds that are of
volume to have adequate mass for holding warmth, concrete sides will work
much better than wood. However I don't know that your nights are cooler
than mine here in the Catskills, and I could be wrong but my understanding
is that nightshades take in light and warmth during the day but don't
actually grow except at night (why they'e called nightshades), so they
really can do quite well with cooler nights. I know mine do well here and I
don't have a very long growing season either. I have learned however to put
in flats of plants with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, as many other
vegetables. I think with vegetables early indoor planting from seed is
highly over rated, probably better with a greenhouse but I don't want enough
crops to go into the farmstand business. Buying plants gives me a big jump
on the growing season. My garden is 50' X 50', it's much too large for my
needs, so three years ago I decided to give up one third to blueberry
bushes. I don't plant corn anymore either, the yield is too small and iffy
in a home garden, and besides I can buy beautiful local corn for $2 a bakers
dozen... even that is too much for me, so I buy six at a shot. I garden for
enjoyment, not to prove anything. If it got to whee I had to become
obsessed I wouldn't do it anymore. I mostly enjoy the natural beauty of
this place, I don't really have to do much of anything except mow. And I
like winter as it gives me a break from mowing ten acres of lawn every week.
And I saw God and he was driving a 57 Chevy. Or was it a tiller?
Now where did that come from ?
I purchased a large 2 wheel cart many years ago. Useful for hauling
firewood and large amounts of whatever. I wish I made more trips with a
smaller cart as the large is difficult to deal with my paths now. This
cart was a heck of a lot user friendly as the load was balanced not
carried. A name perhaps Vermont ....it has been 35 years.
He's not describing his own present personal experience, he's comparing his
relatively plesant past personal experience to that of people he knows and
from descriptions from the media since 9/11. I have friends/relatives who
fly regulary and often, what they describe to me is a nightmare compared to
my own flying experiences prior to 9/11... I used to like flying, and my
past airport experiences were quite pleasant. I still occasionally go to
the Albany International airport to drop people off and pick them up... I
understand the need for that type of security nowadays but it's most
unpleasant. My very first flight was 1961, NY to Chicago and return, folks
were treated as though on a luxury liner. My last flight was 1995, NY to
Miami and then on to Belize City, Bz. and return... a very pleasant
experience, and on the Bz leg all the drink one wanted and the meal was
fantastic (stuffed giant grouper or roast fresh pork), and no tiny bags of
peanuts, snacks were skewered beef steak and jumbo shrimp. My brother flys
very often for his job, he brings me those bags of peanuts. The first time
I saw one I laughed, not even a snack for a squirrel... and I do feed the
squirrels because my cats love to watch.
I feed the deer too:
I really have no need to leave home to enjoy life.
Did you do a Google?
The reason they fold is due to the flexible bed material that may not
tolerate sharp objects weighted down by what's loaded above them. Maybe
good for you, not for me. Good luck.
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