New Wheels!

Carrying heavy pots and watering cans is not recommendable for any gardener. So I decided to take more care of my wrists and back this summer, and bought myself a little helper…

Bollerwagen1

I am so happy with it! Not only can I transport all my pots from A to B, move sacks of compost from the garage to the back garden, or transport various tools and equipment, I can also take several full watering cans at once down to an area where I have sown some seeds. And my garden sack fits on too, making the tredge to the compost heap much lighter and more fun!

Bollerwagen3

It has tough rubber tyres which run well even on our footpath, although they are a bit smelly still. And the sides can be folded down for wide loads. I find it much easier to manoeuver on our sloping garden than a wheelbarrow, and it is also much lighter. The advantage of it being flat and low to the ground means large pots barely have to be lifted and are safe when being moved up or downhill.

This is definitely the best piece of gardening equipment I have ever owned – after my trowel, that is!

What’s your most useful gardening tool or item of equipment?

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63 thoughts on “New Wheels!

    • I’m going to spray paint it in the autumn and leave it under cover outside. Hopefully the tyres will have stopped smelling by then!

  1. What a fabulous purchase for your garden. I love this idea. As you say, it’s lower to the ground and more stable, too, than a one-wheeled wheelbarrow. I like those sturdy wheels, though I know exactly the smell you are referring to. It will pass soon. Enjoy!

  2. Have been meaning to get this for ages – yup, available Down Under – methinks exactly what you show or a very close facsimile :) ! OK, methinks I have made up my mind ’cause it would be SO practical :) ! Enjoy yours!!!!!

    • That’s always a problem, and one I had with my rather large and heavy wheelbarrow… it was down the bottom of the garden in the shed, and for moving something near the house it was just too much hassle fetching it! I’ve parked this new wagon in a corner near the house where we don’t sit, and in winter it will be covered up outside somewhere.

    • I got it from amazon.de and there were several similar ones to choose from – maybe worth getting the better model than one of the cheaper versions. I think the big tyres might be okay on gravel, as I use it on a wood chipping path with no difficulty. It’s certainly very stable!

  3. Love the cart! Did you have to put it together yourself or did it come assembled? I keep seeing some nice ones in the farm catalogs but hesitate because I don’t have the time (during planting season!) to put one more thing together!!! :) PS, my favorite tool is the Grandpa’s weeder. It pulls out dandelions and other large “weeds” lickety split.

    • Hi Lori. Yes, it came flatpacked, but I have a Man of Many Talents who kindly offered to assemble it for me. ;-) It must have been relatively easy as he was still in a good mood when it was finished! (It didn’t take as long as assembling the cold frame did a few years ago……) Please explain what a Grandpa’s weeder is. I need one!

      • The Grandpa’s Weeder is a stick with a little metal gadget on the end which you poke into the middle of the plant and it lifts the whole thing, taproot and all, up and out of the lawn. Not sure they sell them overseas but they are sold here through hardware and garden supply outlets, some online. Worth browsing around to check out. Good luck!!!

  4. I love it. As soon as I saw the pictures I knew I needed one too! I wish I hadn’t already blown the garden equipment budget, but you never know what a weak moment and click on the internet will bring. I’ve been stealing the flimsy abused red wagon from the kids and using that, but this is so much more respectable ;)
    I know the smell you’re talking about. I tell my kids that’s the smell of China! -no offense meant to the country or people :)
    Frank

    • This is an investment Frank… to save you years of aching arms and legs, not to mention your back. ;-) This one cost me about 80 euros, which is probably over a hundred dollars, so it’s not cheap, but definitely worth it! Hope your budget stretches a little soon! :D

    • It really has lightened the load – both literally and metaphorically! I have used it so much already and really am like a child with a new toy when I get it out! ;-)

    • I just couldn’t face another season of hauling our heavy wheelbarrow up and down the sloping garden. Definitely a sensible set of wheels.

  5. This looks a wonderful idea with the added bonus that should cement be needed, it definitely cannot be mixed in here by other halfs and then shoddily cleaned out leaving the wheelbarrow a shadow of its former self. Hope you are having a lovely weekend, the weather is really very nice here.

    • LOL! It actually came with a canvas lining that can be attached with press studs, but I don’t think that would be suitable for any building projects, so it’s safe! ;-) Glad you’re getting some sunshine now… it’s coming our way on Monday we are told.

  6. I often see people in the village with a homemade cart in tow, carrying anything from the shopping to children, often both! And if it wont fit then they use the tractor:)

  7. Now that looks like a most useful piece of equipment Cathy. Think that I could do with two of them – one for home and one for the allotment.

  8. Oh, I’ve wanted one of these since forever! Lucky you!! And now that you’ve pointed out the benefits, I can see how this would be just the best way to move stuff in the garden! I wish I could get one for my mom, but her back garden is on a hill and she wouldn’t be able to pull it.. now if they made one with a motor..

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  10. Hi, I’m new to your blog. I spied your metal wagon, we’ve got the red version, ha. Except we use it to haul things around at art festivals. My favorite piece of equipment is our GreenWorks electric lawn mower – it’s quiet, lightweight and doesn’t need any gasoline – perfect for a mildly lazy home gardener. We don’t have a lot of grass but we have enough and the mower handles it like a charm.

    Glad I stumbled upon your blog, will definitely check back in. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a perfect utility for a serious gardener. And it’s stylish, too! :-) I have what I call my “weed buckets,” and I think they’re my favorite thing. They are hard plastic , and I can turn them over and sit on them, or carry plants, tools or even a small pot or two, and then when it’s empty, I just pull weeds and fill them up. They’re worn and pretty unattractive, but they follow me around wherever I’m working. :-)

    • Those weed buckets sound like a good idea… mine is too flimsy to sit on! I’m always losing tools in the flower beds, but they turn up sooner or later! :D

  12. Cathy that looks amazing, I’ve never seen one that had sides that came down like that. Where did you get it? Maybe they would ship to the uk… Sorry, too overcome with trolley envy to think what gardening equipment I find indispensable, though I have never regretted investing in a border spade and fork to go with the full size versions. I just need a cart to take them, plus watering cans and plants, to the area I am working on…

    • I got it from amazon.de, but they have the same kind on the co.uk website too. I just typed in “garden trolley” to check and there are lots to choose from, with and without the lining, and some with the folding down sides too… Have fun shopping! ;-)

  13. Your wagon is terrific. I have one that I can attach to my garden tractor. One like yours would be much easier to use in my New Hampshire garden where I have to use a wheelbarrow because of my garden gate.

    • A garden tractor sounds like a very useful piece of gardening equipment Karen. This little one is good for going up and down our sloping path and fits through our back gate too. :)

    • Yes, I can load pots and watering cans without fear of anthing spilling or tipping over. Definitely easier to manoeuver when loaded than a wheel barrow too! :D

  14. This is a brilliant idea. I’ve had one for ages, but alas it gathers dust in the shed! There are too many tight corners to negotiate to get from the polytunnel to the cottage and vegetable garden! I do feel rather guilty about using it as a storage basket for odds and ends!

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