I had heard of Troy-Bilt company before and knew that they made high-quality gardening equipment. But, I was curious about why they were contacting me.
The ‘Saturday6’ is a group of six garden bloggers brought together by Troy-Bilt to share their gardening knowledge via their gardening newsletter, how-to videos and by reviewing Troy-Bilt equipment.
Troy-Bilt brought all of us together for an event-filled weekend in Scottsdale, AZ.
Five members of the ‘Saturday6’ flew in from destinations like Minnesota, Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee and North Carolina. I, however, just hopped into my truck and drove the 30 minutes to the hotel.
I loved hearing about Dave’s Tennessee vegetable garden and how we enjoyed growing many of the same things. Dave Townsend from Growing the Home Garden shared about his Tennessee vegetable garden and I found that we enjoyed growing many of the same things.
Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden had written for many of the same publications that I had. What I didn’t know was that he is an incredibly talented illustrator and is currently writing a book.
I was very blessed to spend time with Helen Yoest from Gardening With Confidence who is a ‘wiz’ at social media and has a new book. She was very helpful in helping me to improve my mediocre social media skills.
Matt Mattus of Growing With Plants told me about the 30-year old Troy-Bilt rototiller that he uses on his 100-year old family farm in central Massachusetts. He has a huge greenhouse where he grows tropical plants including South African bulbs.
|Helen learns the finer points of driving this small-sized riding lawn mower, which fits through a standard garden gate, making it a great option for the smaller landscape.|
|Steve tries out the push mowers.|
Next, it was time to try out the leaf blower, which is a very popular tool here in the desert southwest.
|Dave learns about the features of Troy-Bilt string trimmers and how you can switch attachments like a cultivator, pole chainsaw, blower, etc.|
|Matt liked the larger rototiller.|
|Amy feeds branches into the chipper.
Lawnmower races, anyone?
Watching ‘crazy’ golfers trying to finish their game through the hail and thunder.
We enjoyed bratwurst, hamburgers, peanuts and Cracker Jacks in the Budweiser tent.
You would think that we would be focused on the baseball game, but you’d be wrong.
The camaraderie we built was evident as we spent the entire time just talking. Occasionally, we were distracted by a home run, but didn’t keep track of who was winning.
At the end of our event-filled weekend, I was even more excited to be a part of the ‘Saturday6’ and share what I know about gardening as well as having the opportunity to test Troy-Bilt products.
I must admit that I’m in love with this small Neighborhood Rider.
I wonder if I can convince my husband to give up our push lawn mower?