By Monya Corns
CSU Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County
Weeding for Comfort: A five-gallon bucket makes a great seat when weeding. For extra comfort, a small seat pad can be used. These buckets, often free from local bakeries or supermarkets (they are empty frosting containers), also make an excellent tool tote.
Attractive Containers for Clippings: A large decorative container makes a great place to keep garden clippings, keeping weeds separate. When the container fills, toss all the vegetative matter into your compost bin. Using a separate container for weeds may reduce future problems with weed seed germination. Discard the weeds with the weekly trash.
Sun protection while weeding: A beach umbrella provides outstanding shade if you’re weeding in the heat of the day. “Plant” the umbrella’s handle into the ground and weed away under the shade. Don’t forget to drink ample water to prevent dehydration and wear your sunscreen!