Monday, July 30, 2012

Something good this way comes: A Troy Bilt giveaway for me and you

Troy Bilt contacted me about a month ago and offered me a cordless, battery-powered cultivator for free if I'd a) review it, and b) give away another to some lucky reader of the blog.

Unfortunately for me, I already have Troy Bilt cultivator--a fairly new one, in fact, that I got for my birthday this summer. As tempting as free stuff is, and as much I like the cultivator I do have, I just couldn't justify having another. I explained this to the Troy Bilt rep, who said, "No worries! We'll give you something else to review! But you've still got to give away a brand-spanking new lithium ion battery cultivator to one of your readers."

My friends, there are no flies on me when it comes to seeing a bona fide opportunity when it presents itself.

So here's the deal: I'm getting this garden cart:

which I plan to use and review as part of a project involving the flower beds in our neighborhood parks (more on this in a future post), and one of you will get this cultivator shipped to you directly from Troy-Bilt:

You can read the details about it here.

This is a really good deal, y'all. I haven't used the battery version of the Troy Bilt cultivator, but I love my electric version. I put off getting one of these for years, thinking (erroneously, as it turned out) that there wasn't anything a cultivator could do that I couldn't do just as easily with a shovel or spading fork. Then Troy Bilt offered the battery version as a door prize at the Garden Blogger Fling that I attended in Asheville this past spring. And dang it! I found myself disappointed that I didn't win that thing.

So when Walu asked me what I wanted for my birthday, a cultivator seemed like as good a gift as any, figuring I'd use it to amend my flower beds this summer. Before I got a chance to do that, however, I got the idea to use it to put in some additional stones in a flagstone path, and a project that I figured would take me two or three days was accomplished in a couple of hours. If I had only known...

Don't be like me. Don't pass up this opportunity. All you have to do is leave me a comment on the blog telling me what you plan to do with the cultivator. It doesn't have to be anything special--I'm not going to pick out the "best" cultivator idea or anything like that. I just want to know how you'll use it because I'm a curious girl and would like to know something about you and your garden.

I'll take the comments until August 15, at which time I'll put all of your names in a hat and have my neighbor Julie pull one out.* I'll announce the winner on August 16th, and we can take it from there.

*Julie doesn't know this yet, but I'm sure she'll be game. I'd ask Walu, but since he's my paramour, that doesn't feel as impartial.

52 comments:

  1. I would use it to dig up more gardening space, I just can't wield a shovel anymore and I have a lot of yard.

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    1. Thanks for playing, Kristy, and good luck!

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  2. I'm game! I don't have much of a yard, but I would use it for when the city finally takes the stump out of my hellstrip (area between sidewalk and road). I'll tear up the existing grass and plant perennials that can stand up to the abuse the space gets. After that, I'll have little use for a cultivator, so I'd donate it to either Grassroots Gardens (they help coordinate local community gardens), or a neighborhood tool lending library in a neighborhood not too far from mine.

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    1. Sounds like a good use, Jim! Good luck!

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  3. I would use it to help decrease the amount of lawn area in our backyard and put in something pretty that would be more water-efficient (and pocketbook-friendly!).

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    1. I'm all for making smaller lawns, Natalie! Good luck!

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  4. I'm gonna use it to destroy my fescue and prepare for buffalo grass. Yee haaa! Ithcing to rip apart lawn.

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    1. I borrowed my neighbor's cultivator many years ago to do that very thing, Benjamin. This would be perfect for it. Good luck!

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  5. Looks to be the perfect size for our gardens, which we are slowly rebuilding. They are made up of three terraces, plus part of our yard (the flattest bit) which we converted a few years ago to veggies.

    Living on a steep slope (24 steps to the yard, another 12 to the front door) means traditional tillers are, well, a bit difficult to use.

    There is also the back gardens that need rehabbing (my neighbor - the landscaper would love if we got around to that!).

    Currently we turn everything by hand. As I get older this seems to take longer and longer.

    Thanks for the contest!!

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    1. I love that idea (even though it sounds like a lot of work ;-))! Good luck!

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  6. Second attempt at my comment... sigh...

    Anyway - we live on a steep slope (24 steps to the front yard, another 12 to the front door). We are currently rehabbing the terraced gardens that run along side the steps (pulling out RR ties and replacing them with rocks harvested locally). In the past we have turned these beds by hand as it is quite difficult to get most tillers into the beds.

    We also have a garden at the back of the lot which could use some rehabbing.

    Turning by hand seems to take longer and longer with each passing year.

    Thanks for the contest!

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    1. Sorry for the delay in your original post showing up. I used to use those word filters to keep out the spam, but people were having trouble reading them. So now the comments aren't published until I get a chance to read them. You, of course, are not spam, and so I'll always publish them! :-D

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  7. What a great story, Susan...I love how wanted one at 'the fling', then got one for your birthday, then had this opportunity. Please don't enter me though...I do not think I would use it. What I really want is one of Troy Bilt's 'shredders'. I would definitely use that! Good luck with the giveaway;-) Jan

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    1. Those Troy Bilt shredders are great, too. They sent me one for review a few years ago, which I later passed along to our local food bank. Sorry you can't use the cultivator!

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  8. I wished I had won that one at the Fling too!! Trying to remember who won it, think it was Christa? We have a big gas powered tiller, which I don't use...have to talk Charlie into using it. I could use a battery powered one at my will. woowhooo.

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    1. Wasn't that a great door prize? I like the size of the electric one I got, and I think the battery powered one is the same. It is very easy to handle, and does a very good job. I think it is plenty sufficient. Good luck!

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  9. I would use it to attack the rock-a$$ hard clay soil that
    everyone who lives around here has to have a back of steel
    to deal with!! Or used raised beds. :)
    Thanks for this great contest!!

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    1. Sounds like a worthy use, Roberts! Good luck!

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  10. This would make things easier for me when I restart my garden next year. I would definitely expand the garden if I had this :)
    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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    1. I think it would be great ofr that! Good luck!

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  11. Thanks for including your online friends! I would use the Troy Built cultivator to till my vegetable garden and to create future flower beds. I'd share with my daughter who also loves to garden. I've used the Troy Built garden cart for over 25 years...it is an amazing tool to own.

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    1. Thank Troy Bilt, Nancy! Good luck in the contest. And it's good to hear that you like the cart!

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  12. I would love to have this cultivator to help me clear my side yard for more wildflowers. I do like that garden cart and look forward to its story! gail

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    1. I've put your name in the hat, Gail! Good luck!

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  13. I did a poor job of tilling and cultivating by hand this spring, and I think it has been reflected in my garden this summer. I need to get some good compost mixed in for fall!

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  14. We're moving to a new homestead soon and I'll need to turn over new beds. Thanks for opportunity to win a cultivator!

    rachel AT houndsinthekitchen.com

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  15. Connie Bolick LeeJuly 31, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    We have a small vegetable garden I could use it in and I also like making new flower beds, it would be great for either one!

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  16. I bought a composter last year in preparation for my new garden this year. It is porducing amazing compost. I would use the cultivator to incorporate the compost into our not so rich South Texas soil so my garden can thrive. This will be my first garden in Texas and mixing the compost and soil by hand can be very time consuming.

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    1. Homemade compost is the best! I hope it helps your soil. Good luck!

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  17. I love the ideal of a battery powered cultivator. Living in a urban environment the two main polutions of noise and gas powered would be a double benefit.

    With my limited moblity (i cant't stand for long lengths of time) and my wife's desire for me to build her some raised bed for vegetables the battery powered cultivator would make it easier for her to control and use in the raised beds when I can't. Right now though she is working toward prep to expand from just container gardening and trying to turn a black thumb into a green thumb.

    The beauty s I get as much enjoyment from it as she does as well as benefit of the jars of jalapeño jelly she made from her small crop of peppers.

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    1. David, good luck with those raised beds! A cultivator might indeed help.

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  18. We planed our first garden of our first and hopefully last house. After our compost pile mistakenly produced so many goodies it is time to organize it bit more. I am all about doing thing on my own and generally old school but I can't see a power tool and not fantasies on how it would make it easier. Great blog. Love your counter. Did you plane it by hand?

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    1. Hi Alexandre--No, I used a thickness planer and jointer to mill the wood. I have hand planes and use them, but usually on smaller jobs.

      Good luck!

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  19. I would use it to turn over my compost pile to keep it aerated. Also, to add amendments to some of my veggie beds. Hope you pick me.

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  20. Wow, I am so glad that I'm not late to get my name into the hat!

    I would love the cultivator to start a new vegetable garden and to help reguvenate my existing beds with rich new soil from my compost pile.

    Thanks for sharing, Susan!

    Jorge Ramirez

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    1. Jorge, if you don't, you are always welcome to walk down the street and borrow mine!

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  21. This little cultivator would be ideal for helping me create my dream perennial garden outside my dinging room window. I like Alison's compost idea, too!

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  22. This little cultivator would be ideal to help me create my dream perennial garden outside my dining room window. I love Alison's compost aerating idea, too! With 5 cows, I have LOTS of compost to turn.

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  23. Our cultivator (which was not a Troy Built) broke early this spring and we have been shoveling every since. The shovel inspired me to get nicer gardening gloves to prevent blisters, but a new electric cultivator would be so nice!

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    1. Good luck, Julie! And if you don't win it, you are always welcome to borrow mine!

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  24. I am studying environmental horticulture at Texas Tech. Last year I was blessed to be involved in installing a small community garden in the Slayton/Bean neighborhood behind the Lubbock Dream Center. They have a food pantry where they give out vegetables grown to the community, teach folks how to grow their own food, and sell some as a fundraiser for kids groups. They are always stuggling to find volunteers to help weed and this cultivator would really help them out. I have not been able to get out there very much this year and most of the weeding is done by Jackie, an amazing grandmother and friend to those in the neighborhood!

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    1. Good for you, Daniel! Doing things like that adds so much richness to our lives. Good luck!

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    2. Good for you, Daniel! Doing things like that adds richness to our lives. Good luck!

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  25. Very neat! A small cultivator like that could easily be moved around my raised beds in the vegetable garden. Or it would be easy to get through a row of crops to keep the pathway weed free.

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  26. Um, can i still enter?? Sorry I've been silent for so long; I'm looking forward to catching up with you!

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  27. Um, can I still enter?? Sorry I've been out of contact for so long; looking forward to catching up with you -- soon, I hope!

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