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Plant turntable as offered by Lee Valley Tools.

If you have a lazy susan in your kitchen that you don’t use much, you might want to recycle it as a gardening tool for container plants and houseplants.

When repotting, for example, gradually turn the plant as you add potting soil to make sure it is well centered. And when you prune a potted plant, it is very useful to be able to look at it from all sides to make sure you’re giving it an even trim.

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A turntable is a basic tool in the bonsai world.

In bonsai, where precision pruning is vital, a “bonsai turntable” is a basic tool… but a kitchen lazy susan will do the same job for much less money.

Florists and other floral arrangement specialists also use a turntable when preparing a display. So do greenhouse growers preparing mixed containers.

If you don’t have a lazy susan in your kitchen, you’ll find models specially designed for horticultural use offered in garden tool catalogs.

A simple idea… but one you might find useful!20170224a

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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