Spring, an elusive customer in Seattle

This has truly been “the winter of our discontent” in Seattle.  We have had interminable rainy, cold, dreary weather since January and there is no sign of much of a let off.  Recently we have had a few sunny days, so my thoughts naturally turned to Spring and gardening.  Everyone in my family is a committed gardener.  One of my distant relatives, Marianne North, spent her whole life painting flowers.

Gardening requires tools, and lucky for us there are lots of great Made in America gardening implements for us to employ in our struggle for the perfect garden.  This week’s “Three for the Week” are all gardening implements made by members of our extended American family.


Much of gardening in my opinion is planting things, weeding things, transplanting things and hauling dead things away.  All of these operations require a good cart if you are going to save your back, and last year I bought a great Ames Made in America cart.  The Ames Easy Roller Jr. 3 cubic foot poly yard cart is indestructible; it has a 200 lb capacity, oversize wheels and a lifetime warranty.  Since the entire cart is constructed of Poly something, there is nothing to rust so you can leave it outside in the rain.

Bully Tools 

Bully Tools makes a wide range of tools at their facility in Steubenville, Ohio. They make a very nice leaf rake; it has a four-foot long Fiberglass handle, a 24″ wide head for a big reach and 24 sturdy metal tines.  Leaves don’t stand a chance against your Bully leaf rake.

Carolina Glove

Any gardener worth their salt knows that you need good gloves if you are going to work in the garden.  Given our appalling weather in Seattle, you need a glove that can stand up to the moisture and muck we encounter about 10 months out of the year.  Carolina Glove’s “Grubby” is the perfect glove for Seattle gardeners.

The weather in Seattle is supposed to get better this Saturday, so I will probably venture into my garden for some vigorous weeding.  I will proudly transport the vanquished weeds to my compost bin with my Ames cart.  You can clean up the garden and support members of your extended American family by buying one or all three of the products featured above.  Now get shopping!

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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