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FAQs

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Florists Apron for the Garden

Garden/Florists Apron FAQ

Questions About Gardener’s and Florists Aprons

The Gardener’s or Florist’s Apron is a favorite here at the farm, also called a garden smock, it is an easy way to make sure you have all you need in the garden, on the farm or in the florists shop. With handy pockets for all the gardener or florist has to store, and a layer of protection for clothes, it it a must have for every day use. This is our most popular item in the store and we get many inquiries on this florist garden item. Here are some quick questions we get asked about our Garden Aprons:


What qualities should I look for when buying a garden/florists apron?

What qualities should I look for when buying a garden/florists apron?

What qualities should I look for when buying a garden/florists apron?

The Gardener’s Apron is typically made of waxed canvas to protect your clothese from water and keep it from ripping when out in the garden or floral shop. The canvss apron is cool and typically more comfortable than leather and stronger than plain cotton.

How can I tell a high quality gardening apron?

How can I tell a high quality gardening apron?

How can I tell a high quality gardening apron?

Quality garden/florists work aprons are made from medium weight waxed canvas, and have a variety of pocket sizes that are double stitched for durability and holding power. Beware of drop shipped suppliers that send directly from China as these are typically low quality. We have tested and wear our aprons on our flower farm.

Do garden aprons come in different sizes?

Do garden aprons come in different sizes?

Aprons are hard to size, so its best to look for ones that have adjustable straps that can be set to any length to fit most people.

What features should I look for in a florist or gardening apron?

What features should I look for in a florist or gardening apron?

What features should I look for in a florist or gardening apron?

It should have at least 3 pockets, a garden scissor holder, pockets for a pruner and today, definitely a pocket for the phone. Many have added a towel holder for easy access and cleanup. Adjustable straps are key, and the waxed canvas garden apron is the best and most durable.

See Our Gardening Aprons

How many pockets should an apron for gardening or flower arranging have?

How many pockets should an apron for gardening or flower arranging have?

Some would say the more pockets on an apron, the better. Too many pockets mean weight, and back problems ;). One large pocket, a pocket for you primary tool and a phone pocket are plenty. A towel holder is nice, and that’s about it for our recommendation on the florist’s or gardener’s apron pocket requirement.

What material is best for the gardening apron?

What material is best for the gardening apron?

We prefer a medium weight waxed canvas for our aprons used on the farm, garden and floral shop. It sheds water and dirt, can be easily cleaned and is breathable in the hot summer. It also allows for strong pockets on the apron, solid straps and durability. There are other materials in use out there, like light cotton and leather, they just dont fit all our needs for the job our aprons do here on the farm.

Best Garden Gifts - Hori Hori Knife

Hori Hori FAQ: Best Gardening Tool

Information About How to Find the Best Hori Hori Japanese Garden Tool

Buying tools for the garden nowadays is confusing and overwhelming: Just how do you choose? If you want a Hori Hori, the options are endless and the market is plagued with unknowns and stores that ship from China (Just try and get customer service from them). Here is a great, quick list of frequently asked questions on our Hori Hori Garden Tool from customers for you to use in your hunt.

What is a Hori Hori?

What is a Hori Hori?

A Hori Hori is a Japanese Gardening Tool that provides multiple functions. It’s name literally means “to dig” in Japanese.

What are the uses for the Hori Hori tool?

What are the uses for the Hori Hori tool?

The Hori Hori can be used for the following garden chores:
  • As a trowel and for digging in the garden
  • As a garden knife for cutting roots and pruning
  • For weeding, you can scrape with the Hori’s blade
  • As a propagation tool, the Hori Hori is the best tool for dividing plants
  • The Hori Hori can be used as a scoop
There are many, many more uses.

What are the features of a quality Hori Hori?

What are the features of a quality Hori Hori?

We have an article that can help you find the best Hori Hori in the market: Hori Hori Garden Tool You can also buy our Hori Hori Garden Knife here: Buy Hori Hori Tool

What does "full tang" mean with a Hori Hori Garden Knife?

What does "full tang" mean with a Hori Hori Garden Knife?

The tang on any knife or tool is the portion that extends into the handle. A full tang provides maximum strength and control, as the steel of the Hori Hori blade is a single piece. Full tang Hori Horis are preferred for a durable, strong garden tool.

Are Hori Hori's still made in Japan?

Are Hori Hori's still made in Japan?

Hori Horis are still popular with Japanese Gardeners, and they are made throughout the country. Like many other countries, they rely on Chiese steel to make their garden blade tools.

There are so many options when I search, how do I choose the right Hori Hori?

There are so many options when I search, how do I choose the right Hori Hori?

Buyer beware, many of the sellers of Hori Hori’s online drop ship product from China, meaning they have never even used or evaluated the product. Here at Celtic Farm, we tested several manufacturers, and actually use the Hori Hori’s on our flower farm that we sell.
Calendula Flower Facts and Information

Calendula FAQ

Information about Calendula

Below are some commonly asked questions about the calendula flower, and its usage and history.

Where does Calendula grow?

Where does Calendula grow?

Calendula is native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean. Calendula can be grown as an perennial in zones 9 and higher, and can be grown as an annual in just about any zone.

Can you eat Calendula?

Can you eat Calendula?

The Calendula petals have been used throughout history as an edible herb, and today it is mostly used to adorn dishes, or the calendula petals can be placed in a salad. The flowers can also be used as a yellow food dye, and has been used as a saffron substitute and to color cheeses, custards, butters, sauces, etc.

How do you pronounce Calendula?

How do you pronounce Calendula?

Calendula is pronounced [kuh-len-juh-luh], and you can hear the pronunciation at Dictionary.com: Calendula Definition and Pronunciation

How many types of Calendula exist?

How many types of Calendula exist?

There are over 150 scientific plant names in the genus Calendula. The most common is Calendula Officinalis. There is a broad range of types of calendula, and you can see a full list here: Calendula Plant and Flowers

What are the uses for Calendula oil?

What are the uses for Calendula oil?

Calendlula oil has been known throughout the ages for a variety of medicinal uses. It has anti-iflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. The most common use is to help with skin irritations and conditions as calendula cream, salve or ointment. You can read a broader variety of Calendula uses here:

A List of Calendula Oil Uses

Are Calendula plants hard to grow?

Are Calendula plants hard to grow?

Calendula plants are easy to grow, and go from seed to flower quite fast. It is a forgiving plant that will produce beautiful calendula flowers and petals all year long. You can read more on growing calendula here:

Growing Calendula Plants and Flowers

What are the uses for Calendula tea?

What are the uses for Calendula tea?

Calendula petals, both dried and recently cut, can be used to brew a healing tea for mouth and gum sores, sore throats and general use.

How do you harvest/collect Calendula seed?

How do you harvest/collect Calendula seed?

Calendula produces a large number of seed heads. The seeds are easy to harvest once the heads dry, and you can tell when they are ready by running your thumb over the top. If the calendula seeds come loose easily just collect them in a container for planting next year.

What is Calendula salve?

What is Calendula salve?

Calendula salve is usually made of infused calendula oil (typically olive oil) and beeswax. Salves usually have additional ingredients, like other oils, to add scent and additional healing qualities.

Is Calendula a Marigold?

Is Calendula a Marigold?

There are two species of plants called Marigold, and they are very different plants. The French Marigold, Tagetes, is common in the garden, and an amarican native plant. Calendula Officinalis, or the Pot Marigold, is much different and has mdicinal qualities and many different variations.

What is the history of Calendula?

What is the history of Calendula?

The ancient Romans named the plant Calendula because it seemed to bloom every first of the month (calends). The Romans and Greeks used the calendula flowers and petals in many ceremonies and rituals, and made crowns and garlands with the calendula flowers. Its nickname, Mary’s Gold” or Marigold, refers to its use in many Catholic ceremonies and traditions. It is also used in Hindu ceremonies, and throughout South and Central America.