Holy Rasputitsa, What a Quagmire! Stylishly Rockin’ the Mud Season Ball…

March 28th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

“In New England we have nine months of winter, and three months of damned-poor sledding”.—-Old New England Proverb

Welcome to Rasputitsa! Looks like this is the official start of mud season —Vermont style— and as they say: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! I was introduced to the term ‘rasputitsa’ by a friend of mine —a world-class pruner and heirloom apple grower of Russian descent— when we were working on an orchard restoration a few years back. Pruning season usually ends up overlapping mud season around here, and boy, was that year a doozie. Rasputitsa is the Russian word for the season between winter and spring, when everything in the countryside comes to a screeching halt due to impassable, muddy roads. They certainly have an incomparable mud season in Russia, but here in Vermont, we also get a bit of late winter/early spring quagmire. Two months of rasputitsa… More or less. I call it the annual mud-season ball. See what I mean…

Here’s a Scenic Section of My Road!

Yes, it’s easy for me to find all of this amusing —right now— but my mood may change by the end of April. I’ve helped two neighbors get unstuck so far this year, and we’re still in March. This is genuine 4-wheel drive country, and in addition to “Dusty” —my blue, 1986 Chevy pick up— I also have the right foot-wear. Some women have shelves filled with Manolos. I have a closet of Muck, Hunter, Town & Country and Tretorn. OK, I have girl-shoes too, but you get the idea…

My Tretorn Sofiero garden boots. I ordered this great pair of vermillion-laced, waterproof boots from Terrain. You can find this style and other great Tretorn garden/rain boots from Terrain by clicking here.

I’ve said before that I will only mention and recommend products that I actually know and personally use, or have seen, used and tested. And that still holds true. I own one brand of boots (they shall remain nameless) that will not appear here, because I can not recommend them. All of the garden boots mentioned and pictured in this post are excellent, and three of them also offer cuteness (a nice perk if you need to run into town). At the moment, I am wearing my vermillion-laced Tretorns (pictured above) but I rotate boots depending upon what I will be doing on any given day. The Muck-brand boots (pictured at the bottom of this post) are my favorites for truly demanding tasks, sites and weather. My Muck boots are also the most expensive pair of garden shoes I own, but they have lasted me a decade and they are still going strong. The stylish Tretorn and Town & Country boots, however, are lighter weight and more comfortable; particularly as temperatures rise. All are completely waterproof and very sturdy. In mid-summer, I do wear garden clogs. But in general, unless I am doing very light weeding, I prefer wearing high garden boots to protect my legs from brambles and the threat of poison ivy if I’m not familiar with a site. I have tested all of these boots, and actually own three of them.

I’ve owned a pair of red Town & Country Wellington boots forever —available for $84.95 via Amazon.com— that I love for both light garden work and general rainy-day, run-around-town use

I don’t own this pair of Tretorns —but a friend of mine does and I have borrowed them: they are very comfy— plus robin’s egg blue is always pretty: Tretorn Waterproof Skerry Boot, $60 at Terrain

I’ve owned my Muck Boots for ten years —available here from Endless for $104.95 with free two-day shipping— and although they aren’t very pretty, they are the best heavy-duty, all-terrain, all-weather work boot that I have ever owned. I can even wear them during pruning in winter with warm socks.

Do you have a favorite pair of Garden Boots? I’m game to try anything. Let me know in comments and I’ll check them out!


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Great Holiday Gifts for Gardeners – Ideas Under $10, $20, $50, $100

December 8th, 2009 § 3 comments § permalink

seeds and kit holiday box

We gardeners have a reputation as ‘hard-to-shop for’ people, especially when it comes to holiday gifts. This may be true, as we often are a bit particular about our likes and dislikes. Sometimes when a non-gardener is shopping for us, the choices can seem overwhelming. By-pass pruner or anvil? Garden gnome or gargoyle? Glass cloche or terrarium? Mini-tiller or a rental back-hoe? It can be a tough call. Trying to guess our preferences can be a daunting task. A gift certificate is always a safe choice, but it doesn’t seem quite as fun, does it? Well, maybe I can be of help. Over the next couple of weeks, I will post some ideas, in a wide price range.

If you are shopping for a gardener, and you have a chance to snoop about in their mud-room or garage, look for the items below. If you don’t see any of these things hanging around, chances are very good that these picks will be most appreciated by the gardener come spring. A hand forged trowel or top quality pair of pruners is a gift almost guaranteed to bring a smile to a gardener’s face. And if you are feeling particularly generous this year, I would recommend an excellent quality pair of boots from Wellington or the Muck Boot company. A good pair of gardening boots can make even a simple trip to the compost heap seem special, and they will make a raw, rainy day much more productive and enjoyable.

Of course if you are reading this, then chances are you are a gardener yourself. Well, if you see something, or a few things that you like, well, you could just drop a hint by mentioning this blog post, and how much you have this-or-that in mind for next spring. Or you could be more obvious and just send a link to your lost little elf in order to help them along. Hey, you never know.

I will be back soon with more gift ideas for the coming holiday season, maybe something here will get your creative engine humming…

Under $ 100 –


Gorgeous Premium Wellington Boots Red

Gorgeous Premium Wellington Boots Green


Or Practical All Terrain MuckBoots Adult Chore Hi-Cut Boot,Black,Men’s 8 M/Women’s 9 M


Under $50 –

Felco-8-PrunersFelco Classic Pruner with Comfortable Ergonomic Design #F-8

or  Felco F-6 Classic Pruner For Smaller Hands


Under $ 25 –




Under $ 20 –


Seven Gallon Trug


Under $ 10 –


The go-anywhere, hand-saver - The Mud Glove 737a24

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