Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden

margaret lauterbach (
Sun, 07 Mar 1999 08:39:56 -0700

>I've been looking at the high wheel (looks like bike wheels but stronger) 1
>or 2 cubic yard carts. Friend has one, I forget the name, and it rolls
>easily with a good sized load and you can pull the front closure and dump
>the load readily. Several of the garden supply catalogs carry them and a few
>of the places like Home Depot and Lowe's carry them. I have seen several in
>the Northern catalog and, the next time I get the catalog, may order one.
>Our old wheelbarrow is about 30 years old, with a solid front wheel and is a
>real pain to push around. Just hate to throw anything out so may try to
>rework the old one for light duty use.
I have one of those, Penny and George, and it's not as useful as it may
seem.  Cost over $100, but it really doesn't haul heavy stuff well (it's a
bitch to use when it has cinder blocks or soil in it), and it will not go
through either of my gates to the front yard.  It hauls leaves, and apart
from that, what we use it for is to hold corn stalks, pending grinding up
(theoretically).Every spring the tires are flat, as they are on my cheapest
wheelbarrow, so I have to hand-pump them up.  One of my best and most used
carts is the one made out of recycled plastic, with a deep bin.  Wally's
World, Home Depot, or Home Base or any other chain store should have them
for $40 or less.  Practically indestructible.  Only flaw is that there
should be a handle on the bottom, because when you dump it out over the
front, the only way to completely empty the bin is to grab the bottom to
tip it completely over.  You don't get much of a grip that way, either.  If
I have anything really heavy to haul, I usually use a shallow wheelbarrow I
bought used for $10.  I have two shallow (rehabilitated one by buying a new
wheel that actually turns, unlike the old one) wheelbarrows, a
pseudo-contractor's wheelbarrow, the deep plastic one and the bicycle wheel
job.  Still like the plastic one best.  Margaret