Tools and resources Marion recommends

I have tried and tested many gardening tools over the past 35 years. Some ended up being expensive gimmicks that wasted my time and money. Sigh.

The right garden tools can transform your gardening experience. So to help you make the most of your budget and to take your gardening to the next level, I have tried and tested the following tools and found each to be worth the investment.

This page contains a list of the coveted few tools that make my shortlist of recommendations. 

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Marion Owen

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Gardening Guides

Why Your Compost Doesn't Get HOT and 10 Easy Ways To Fix It

Gardeners tell me there's nothing more frustrating than to invest tons of time and energy into making compost, only to have it turn into a soggy, smelly mess. Or dry out altogether so it just sits there.

That's why I created this guide: To help you assess your compost and then apply solutions so you can get your compost pile back on its feet.

Take a moment to imagine a greener lawn, tastier veggies, and a garden that's a made-in-heaven dream to maintain.

With Marion's guide you can get finished Compost in only Six Weeks!

Tools & Gadgets

Renees Garden

Renee's Garden seeds

Easy-to-grow vegetable, flower, and herbs seeds

New, exciting, and unusual varieties 

Excellent instructions on seed packets

excalibur food dehydrator

Excalibur Food Dehydrator

9 trays, 9 sheets, 26-hour timer 

In our house, this food dehydrator is a workhorse for all kinds of drying, from flowers to food.

heavy-duty sprinkler

Heavy-duty sprinkler • Lifetime guarantee

My favorite, all-purpose sprinkler for targeted watering and hard to reach spots. I've used mine for over 10 years!

CobraHead Weeder & Cultivator Tool

Marion's all-time favorite weeding tool

Comfortable grip


Ergonomically comfortable

Gamma Seal Premium 5 Gallon BPA-Free Food-Grade Bucket Lid, HDPE, White

This 2-part lid turns a 5-gallon bucket into a container that keeps materials dry and pests out.

Sturdy and made from food grade material, High Density PolyEthylene (HDPE) and is BPA-free

soil blocker

Soil Block Maker

This soil blocker punches out 20, 3/4-inch cubes for starting small to medium sized seeds.

It is sturdy and dependable: I've used my soil blocker for over 20 years. 

Just mix and moisten the soil of your choice, press in using the comfortable grip, and you're ready to plant seeds!

REOTEMP Heavy Duty Compost Thermometer

24" Stem Length (other lengths available)

Rugged All Stainless Steel Construction

Made in the USA

5/16" Diameter Heavy Duty Stem

Hermetically Sealed Dial (Won't Fog Up!)

Large 3" Dual Scale Dial: 0 to 200°F & -10 to 90°C

REOTEMP Soil & Compost Thermometer 12-inch stem

A less expensive option to the Heavy-Duty Compost Thermometer.

12-inch stem: Perfect for all compost bins and tumblers.

Corrosion-resistant 304 stainless steel case, bezel

Quality glass lens


Orbit watering wand

Orbit Watering Wand

There are many reasons why I love this wand:

9 spray options to fit every watering need

Great for reaching hanging baskets and shrubs

Fireman grip lever easy adjusts flow


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