Author Monica Hemingway

Monica is the founder and Editor of the Gardening Products Review. She's had a lifelong love affair with gardening and a fascination with gardening tools. She's been known to disassemble tools just to see how they work and has a tendency to break tools while testing them in the garden.


Elevated Rolling U-Garden and Watering System: Product Review


Overall, this is an excellent “self-watering” elevated planter – with a few caveats. The planter itself looks great, is mobile and holds up well. I like that it’s made with cedar that’s certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Because it’s elevated, there’s no need to bend when tending your plants – perfect for those with mobility or back issues. Assembly is a little tricky and the optional watering system has some drawbacks but by adding Continue Reading


GreenStalk Stackable Planter & Mover: Product Review


After 3 years of continuous use, I can't say enough good things about the GreenStalk planter! It's a nice solution to a common problem – effectively and efficiently growing plants in a small space. It’s well-designed, easy to use, allows you to grow a huge number of plants in a very small area, and keeps those plants evenly watered. And with the optional Mover, it can be easily turned or moved as needed. Continue Reading


Lawn & Garden Tools: 2018 Trends & New Introductions


Each year brings a ton of new features to the gardening tools and outdoor power equipment market. This year we’re seeing a continuation of many recent trends as the number of both younger (Millennial) and older gardeners increases, such as a focus on convenience, longer life, improved technology, ergonomic design and smaller size. In this article, we share some of the features to look for in 2018 and highlight newly-introduced garden/outdoor products that are worth considering. Continue Reading


Galvanized Self-Watering Planter from Gardener’s Supply: Product Review


This is one of my favorite self-watering planters. Not only does it look great, it also works very well. The capillary tubes do a fantastic job of wicking water from the reservoir up to the plant roots. The galvanized steel sides and faux wood aluminum trim withstand even Tucson’s summer blast furnace. And the optional casters make the planters easy to move around. Continue Reading


Digz Gardener High Performance Women’s Gardening Gloves: Product Review


The Digz High Performance gloves are terrific for light- to medium-duty gardening tasks. They’re comfortable, flexible and breathable, with great dexterity, extra padding in all the right places, and a snug, adjustable wrist closure that keeps dirt out. If you’re not going to get the gloves dirty, they work well with a touchscreen phone and the terrycloth thumb backing is nice for wiping sweat off your face. The Digz gloves have quickly become my gloves Continue Reading


How to Repair the Damaged End of a Garden Hose


How-to video showing two ways to repair or replace the damaged end of a garden hose. It's quick, easy and inexpensive if you know the tricks to doing it right. I use simple tools that you'll have around the house, plus an inexpensive repair kit from a hardware store. Learn about: • Choosing the right repair kit • Getting the right end (male or female) • Hose size • How to properly cut the hose • A quick trick for Continue Reading


All About Self-Watering Planters & Containers


If you're forgetful, or you're just not home very often, self-watering containers are a must-have. They're also helpful if you're growing in an area that's not convenient to a water spigot, such as a balcony. In this video, Monica walks you through the different types of self-watering containers, how they work, what to grow in them, an easy DIY option and what to look for when buying one. With the right self-watering planter you can Continue Reading


How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors


If you've ever tried to start seeds indoors to get a jump on the growing season, you know how frustrating it can be trying to get it just right. So we put together this video tutorial to show you exactly what to do to start growing seeds indoors and demonstrate how to do it correctly. Plus, we have a download showing you when to sow different types of seeds. It's a handy guide that's based on Continue Reading