Essential garden tools

GardenersSo you want to garden? Before you run out and buy a hundred different tools, consider this:

I use these all the time and couldn’t garden without them:

  • A metal rake (sometimes called a bow rake) – not the kind you rake leaves with
  • A digging fork (kind of like a pitch fork put with heavy, flat tines – not long skinny round ones)
  • A skinny hand trowel, no more than 2-3″ wide and about 6″ long

On occasion, I find a use for:

  • A widger, for indoor gardening and transplanting
  • A long-handled shovel, though I often ditch it in favor of the digging fork
  • A colinear hoe, which has a sharp blade that skims under the surface of the dirt to cut off weeds
  • A 3-tined cultivator…but I think I use it because I have it, not because it’s very necessary.

These sit patiently on the tool rack, wondering if I’ll ever use them again:

  • Seeder
  • Three-tined hand fork
  • Garden Weasel

I’ve never bothered to buy:

  • Rototiller
  • Specialized weeding tools

I also recently got a wheelbarrow, and wonder how I ever got along without it. YMMV.

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2 Comments

  1. onestraw said,

    February 1, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Great list!
    The best place online I have found to buy really good tools is at Earth Tools. they primarily sell high end rototillers, but they also stock heirloom quality forged hand tools. A little pricey, but if you are hard on tools or just appreciate good craftsmanship they are worth it. I have found the improved design significantly reduces fatigue and with a little care they will last forever.

    http://www.earthtoolsbcs.com/html/dw_spades.html

  2. Keengardener said,

    May 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    A good list which does highlight the tools most commonly used. A few more to add is a good shovel, hand trowel and a good long hose. When you purchase any tools it always makes sense to buy quality. Quality tools will last you alot longer and help make the jobs alot more easier.


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