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Home gardening tools – what’s indispensable?

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  • Mon, Sep 10, 2012 - 01:00am


    Wendy S. Delmater

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    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?

Things I use every day:

  • A good, steel hand spade
  • Gardening gloves
  • A folding chair
  • A small market basket for harvesting
  • A wide hat for shade
  • Watering can (for items on the covered porch that get no rain)

Tools I use often

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel (for turning compost)
  • Bow rake
  • Garden shears (like ultra heavy-duty scissors but shaped more like pliers)
  • Chopsticks (great for poking a hole or making rows to plant seeds)
  • Sprinkler and hose (soon to be drip irrrigation)

Things I use occasionally:

  • Loping shears (like garden trimmers but even more heavy duty, very long handles)
  • String, wire or stakes for training vines or growth
  • Steel fence posts for trellises (the kind you hammer in)
  • Volleyball netting (actual trellis – you can reach through it to harvest)
  • Cable ties (to attach trellis)
  • Ladder
  • Bushel and half-bushel baskets (for things like pears, apples, peaches)
  • BT spray
  • Trailer to haul compost/manure/sand
  • Electric tiller

How about you? Any must-have garden tools? Bonus points if they are sustaibale and require no fossil fuels.

  • Thu, Aug 15, 2013 - 10:27am



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    Whether you just bought your

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  • Thu, Aug 15, 2013 - 11:24am

    robie robinson

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    get a good hoe, most importantly

been in a garden as long as i can remember and this is an unabashed advert for …… the best hoe i've  handled.

robie, i like the "Heron"


  • Thu, Aug 15, 2013 - 11:51am

    liz cowen

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i made three permanent trellis so that i could rotate beans, cukes, peas. they each consist of 2  8 ft 4×4's( or landscape timber which are the same size, but way cheaper) sunk down 2 ft and 8 ft apart. i bought some hog fence and had tractor and supply cut in half (8ft sections). i hung(on screw) these on the posts about a foot off the ground. in the spring or fall, i burn the dry mess off and start over.

since they are 6 ft tall, i've located them on the north side of the garden.

fire is a great time saver for clean up and cheap energy. it does alot of work in a short time. the ashes fall in place and are good for the soil.


i consider my rototiller my favoerite tool. i space rows far enough apart so that i can quickly weed down a row with it. as far as energy, i rototill my 50 x 150 garden with less than a gallon of gas….so even at $10/gal gas, it's still a deal.

then a shovel gets alot of use

my weeder tool….i bought a collinear hoe with replaceable blade from johnny's and removed the blade. i bought a stainless steel butcher knife at a dollar store , cut it to a 4 inch width, drill 2 holes and mounted it on the hoe. i have black sandy soil with no stones so this is a sharp quick way for me to weed standing up. it holds the edge a long time and does not rust.

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    Plastic plant labels

Ha! 🙂 So far for me those generally serve as gravestones..

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