Re-purposing Dormant Kitchen Tools For the Garden
by Janine Friesen
(Seattle, WA, USA)
While pruning my kitchen cabinet contents recently, I was about to add an old electric carving knife to the 'donate' pile, but had an idea that made me move it to the 'keep' pile instead. The spring time chore of dividing some perennial plants can be made a little less tedious and a lot more accurate and fun by putting that old electric carving knife to work for you in the garden.
I like to think of it as my mini chain-saw as I carve thru that dense clump of day lilies, liriope, or any clumped plant needing division or thinning. Instead of using a spade that can often slip on you just as you're putting your foot down - causing damage and an uneven division - bringing your clump up to counter height gives you a lot more accuracy when cutting. It also results in less back ache from all the bending.