Try out the GARDEN GROOM, a collecting hedge trimmer that captures the trimmings (like my vexing tiny boxwood leaves) as you clip. It’s not necessarily any easier on your back (if you have to bend like I do!), but goes MUCH faster than my beloved long-handled pruners, and DOES collect those tiny leaves. If it would just give you a back massage when you’re finished.
Keep a LARGE supply of these Chinese take-out containers on hand (in multiple COLORS) for last minute gifts of treats from your kitchen. I like to color coordinate (duh!) my card/tag/labels to the color of the box. Oh, I got these at Michael’s, but I bet you can find them at a lot of places.
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Run, do not walk, because there’s not much time left, to plant some mescalin mix for fall salads…….maybe with some pears and goat cheese and toasted walnuts? Yum!