I’m noticing a surge of garden tools and accessories being made out of both recyclable or biodegradable materials. Shown here are the latest from Garant, which has an “Enviro” line that includes rakes and shovels made right here in Canada from recycled materials, and which have wooden handles made from Forest Stewardship Certified wood. There’s also a new line of six- and nine-inch planters — made from 80 per cent sustainable, renewable resources, such as bamboo and rice. They last about three years and then are completely biodegradable. Of course, you need to ask yourself whether it doesn’t make as much sense to buy something that lasts longer and places, therefore, less stress on manufacturing resources. But it’s all a step in the right direction. I also like the fact that Loblaws Garden Centres will take back plastic pots for recycling. Bring back a minimum of $25 and you get a coupon for $5 off your next garden purchase (but it's got to be $50 or more).