Over the years I have tried a variety of gardening tools.
I’ve narrowed it down
To what actually works
So, I thought I’d share my favorites.
Now…I realized that like everything else in life.
What works for me
May not work for you.
But this tool conversation has to start somewhere
And this seems the logical place.
First, let’s talk about what I don’t like
And get that out-of-the-way.
I don’t like what I call “cutesy” gardening things.
You know – trowels with flowers and bugs and frogs painted on them.
Not only are they too cute,
They just don’t stand the test of time.
No…I go to the other end of the spectrum.
Some off my garden tools look more like
Take my very favorite
The Korean Hand Plow
Or its common name the E-Z digger.
I once gave these to all my gardening relatives for Christmas.
You can imagine what it was like going through airport security!!!
But they are to my way of thinking, the most logical piece of gardening equipment.
And they are ergonomically efficient.
Saving strain on the shoulder and elbow.
I use it for weeding, working up the soil and digging holes for seeds and plants.
I once lost one for months.
Only to have it fall out of the composter after a good spin.
It was really rusty, but still works.
If you can only have one tool.
This is it.
Next would be pruners.
I’ve tried them all
And lost them all.
Felco is the gold standard here.
A number 6 or 7 is sized for the average woman’s hand.
But as it happens I didn’t really like my #7 Felcos
So when they disappeared into the late summer garden
Never to resurface
I replaced them with Okatsume Pruners
Which I found at, of all places, Amazon!
I’ve managed to keep them now for several years.
The bright orange handles help me locate them in a sea of growth.
To keep them sharp I use this handy little pruner sharpener I discovered a dozen years ago.
And rakes – gotta have them.
I have 2 favorites.
A small hand rake.
Oh so handy when I’m on the ground cleaning out under
Hydrangeas, overgrown well…everything this time of year, rose bushes, etc.
You get the idea.
Then there is this handy little expandable rake.
It goes from very small to a regular size.
And everything in between.
Which means you can make it work for just about any job.
Now, so as not to frustrate you I think it best to tell you where to find all of this.
Normally, I’m a locavore when it comes to shopping
But since for some reason many of these are not carried in garden centers
I think I will give you websites.
Kinsman at www.kinsman.com is a gold mine of really good gardening tools and supplies.
There you will find the Korean Hand Plow, the pruner sharpening kit and the hand rake.
The bigger rake is found at garden centers and hardware store.
Another quality online source is Lee Valley Tools at www.leevalley.com
So, that’s the beginning of my tool story.
We’ll talk of others again soon.
As I see people around town many ask if I have any flowers left
After the heat.
So here’s the answer
Another great tool…
Drip irrigation www.dripworks.com
It saves me every year.
Enjoy the week.