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What a great idea! Especially this year, when so many people are getting into growing their own vegetables because of the economy. The public library in Turner, Maine, is loaning out garden tools.

Members can borrow any of more than a dozen handy garden tools -- anything from pruners to a bulb planter -- and just like borrowing a book, you can renew it at the end of a week if you need it longer.

According to The Associated Press, "Library Director Vicki Varney says the tools are available to help both new gardeners and others who might not have the right tool for the job. " They were donated by a local True Value Hardware store.

This isn't a new idea, of course. The Santa Rosa Public Library in California also allows members to go home with tools as well as books and DVDs.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association in Seattle loans all sorts tools -- from a cement mixer to an air compressor, and including hoes and hedge trimmers. But they have a recommended "donation" per week of borrowing, which means they really aren't free, although it's better than buying something you use only occasionally.

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