Thinking beyond this year's harvest, now in full swing? Gardeners often seek solace in the greenhouse of a local nursery, once the first frost puts an end to their own planting.
Now, they can extend their growing season for up to three months with a portable greenhouse by the German firm Grönhaus.
The 6-ft.-by-2-ft. MiniHaus model is aimed at those for whom a small garden is enough work.
Its Soloran-glazed fabric absorbs sunlight, and protects the house's contents from wind of up to 50 m.p.h.
To learn more, go to www.gronhaus.com.
Suggested price: $130
Wielding an extension ladder around the property requires grace, agility, and often at least two people.
The Ladder Dolly from American Innovations Corp. reduces the manpower by one. It attaches to any extension ladder with hollow rungs, and is secured with a clip or bolts.
The dolly's two wheels allow one-handed transporation over almost any terrain.
To learn more, go to www.ladderdolly.com.
Suggested price: $50
The Bergey XL.1 may be one of the more innovative options in alternative energy for the home. It's billed as the smallest wind turbine ever created, and is capable of producing up to 1,000 watts of power at wind speeds of 25 miles per hour.
Small towers for mounting the device cost between $500 and $1,500. Consumers can buy both at Target's website, www.target.com.
To learn more, go to www.bergey.com.
Suggested price: $1,700