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Garden Bandit A very useful garden tool. It is excel- lent for gouging out weeds or mulching around plants. The very sturdy plastic handle houses a strip of rust resistant metal. Innovative and simple to use, you'll wonder why you don't already have it. Available at garden stores and online at various locations including $12.95

Dr. Tree’s Guide to the Common Diseases of Urban Prairie Trees Michael Allen or Dr. Tree, as he is more commonly known, has spent 43 years working with trees. He is the owner of Vibernum Tree Experts and was the City of Winnipeg's Forester for many years. His book about common tree diseases is a biblical reference for tree enthusiasts. Filled with photos taken by Mike himself, the book will assist in diagnosing and treating whatever ails your tree. We love it and know you will too. The book is available from the author, McNally Robinson, Chapters and from many local garden centres. Soft cover, 143 pages. $39.95

Self-watering seed starters If you are starting plants from seed indoors you are guaranteed to love this. These seed starters provide water on demand through a capillary mat and create a mini- environment for the seedlings. To use, you fill the seed tray with potting soil and tamp it in place with the multi- legged stand. The stand is then placed in the reservoir, the capillary mat draped over it (with the ends in the reservoir), the mat is wetted as the reservoir is filled with water and the seed tray is placed on the mat. The clear dome minimizes evaporation and speeds germination. A water-level indicator in the corner of the reservoir tells you at a glance if any topping up is needed. When the transplants are ready for setting out, turn the stand over, push the tray down over top of the pegs and out pop the transplants. Nothing could be easier! The windowsill seed starter is similar but with smaller cells and a narrow- er base, getting 50 per cent more plants started in a given area. Both units are reusable and made in Canada. Avail- able at Seed Starter (AA700) $24.50 Windowsill Seed Starter (AA715) $21.50

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