Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 - 11:14pm

Essential Tools for the Home Gardener

What do you consider to be the most useful tools for your kitchen garden? Here's a list of mine; add your own suggestions in the comments.


The Fix-It Corner

As we contemplate a world of resource scarcity, it makes sense to fix things rather than replace them.  How many times have you discarded an item that was "perfectly good" but needed a repair you couldn't manage -- or stashed it in your cellar/garage/attic thinking "someday someone will fix this"?

Do you like fixing things and/or helping people figure out how to fix things? 

Do you cringe at the idea of buying yet another (fill-in-the-blank) because the one you had just broke?

By jasonw on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 - 3:55pm

Favorite / Recommended Tools for Biointensive Gardening

Thinking about long-term resiliency and bio-intensive gardens, what tools do you find to work the best for saving time and energy?  What types of tools and brands would you recommend?  And do you have back-up tools for the long road ahead?

Personally - our farm uses Spear and Jackson digging spades and forks.  Heritage Series (wood handles, with black forged implement heads).  We have gone 8 seasons with this one set of tools and they have held up wonderfully (especially since we have not stored and put them away properly all the time.) 

By jasonw on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 - 6:29pm

Essential Cooking Tools

Besides a heat source (and lots of things don't even need that), what are the essential tools you use in the kitchen to prepare your food?  What items would you recommend to a friend who is just learning to cook? Manual or Electric?  Items that last generations?  Share and discuss.

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Sun, Sep 9, 2012 - 9:00pm

Home gardening tools - what's indispensable?

For those of you just getting into growing your own food, a tools discussion. This was sparked by my getting us genuine some wood-slat bushel baskets at half-price at Tractor Supply yesterday. They made our pear harvest easier, and no more using my laundry baskets! If you are new to gardening and live in the USA, Tractor Supply is a farmer store chain. Their tools are not made of plastic and cheap steel like the ones in a home improvement store. Does anyone living in Europe or Australia have a farming store they recommend?