Top Tools for Gardening {Ready…Set…Garden!}

How are you guys getting ready for the new gardening season? I’m happy to report that I started tomato, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces and a few flower seeds this weekend. Let me tell you, that felt good – especially after missing the window completely last year! You can see – with basic materials and a simple shop light set-up.

For today’s Ready…Set…Garden post, I’m listing my favorite tools (a term I use rather loosely – ‘item’ might be closer to the truth) that I use for gardening. The tools I’m recommending are both normal and maybe a bit unusual. My only criterion was that it had to be something I use every season – sometimes all season long.

Oh, wait! Before we get to the tools list, let me take a minute to remind you that NEXT WEEK is the first Tuesday Garden Party of the 2013 Season!! Can you believe it?

So take pictures and write a post that you can link up and share with us! I just LOVE the inspiration I glean from your gardens and I’m especially looking forward to seeing what our southern friends gardens look like – it’ll give me hope for spring, ha!

The 10 Tools I Couldn’t Garden Without:

1. Gloves! I am NOT a bare handed gardener, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before. Whenever I do think I can just plant a few things gloveless I am rewarded with days of trying to get tiny, yet irritating splinters out of my hands from the compost I use in our beds. I use these type of gloves and a pack of 3 will usually see me the whole season – but by the end they will be done for.

2. Trowel, shovel, metal rake, and wheelbarrow (yes, I know that’s 4 and maybe it’s cheating, but these are the normal-any-kind-of-yardwork tools that most people have, so I felt free to lump them together). Any one of these items are used each and every time I’m in the garden.

3. Plastic Chopstick. I haven’t found anything better to make holes for seeds, lightly cover them, and then help to transplant the growing seedlings when I’m starting my plants indoors. I’ve been through lots of wooden types, but the plastic sticks last the longest, which I guess is obvious.

4. Old steak knife. If you would’ve told me years ago that an old steak knife would be on my favorite tools list I would’ve laughed. But I keep one in my garden bag, by my seed starts, and in two places out in the garden. It cuts through soil to help me transplant small seedlings, cuts twine for vertical gardening, and helps me harvest everything from lettuce heads to broccoli.

5. Bypass pruner. Well, duh – things need to be pruned and cut. A lot. And I even splurged and bought a Felco pruner after having the cheaper brands not even last a season. And it has lasted – even though I left it to rust once for weeks out in our spring rain. I thought it was a goner, but we bought a new blade, cleaned and oiled it and … no, it’s not as good as new (kicking self: maybe the item you pay $40 for is not the one to leave outside…), but it works and I still use it, which is more than I can say for the many other “throw away” brands I’ve bought over the years.

Source: www.anoregoncottage.com


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