Some years ago, when I was a kid, I planted my first “garden.” It wasn’t exactly what you might recognize as a garden, and unless you count rocks, there wasn’t really anything growing in my garden. But the holes I dug were world class. Probably because, in all the wisdom of my single-digit years, I knew I had the best tool for digging holes for plants: a stick.
The only thing better than enjoying the produce from your garden is planning your garden. I could spend hours looking through seed catalogs, checking out the latest garden equipment, drawing maps of what my garden might look like, and, naturally, thinking about the best type of wood for raised beds. After all, you want something that isn’t going to rot, but you also don’t want anything treated with chemicals.
A shovel is a shovel is a shovel. Unless we’re talking about the best shovel. Then there are all sorts of shovels. Short-handled, long-handled, rounded, round-point, square-point, serrated, trenching shovels, ditching shovels, digging spade, garden spade, perennial spade, and scoops.
Before you judge my opening comment on vegetable garden layout tools, I should clarify that I’m not opposed to technology. I only call those tools “newfangled things” in jest, and I have yet to yell at any kids to get off my lawn. In fact, some garden planning apps are pretty darn fantastic, in particular, […]
It’s tempting to roam the aisles of a big box home and garden store and scoop up everything you could possibly need to build a garden tool kit. The smell of fertilizer and peat moss wafting in the air. The polished concrete floors, helping your shopping cart glide like butter to the checkout. It’s only when you pull out your credit card to pay that you realize you’ve just spent a mortgage payment outfitting your tool shed.
Let’s just talk about the pink elephant head flowers in the room, shall we? Weed killer sprayer could very well be your best friend’s sister’s ex-boyfriend’s favorite band. For our purposes, though, we’re sticking to actual garden tools. (Speaking of bands, am I the only one with R.E.M. “Gardening at Night” in my head every time I snip some basil in the evening?)
The mysterious USDA planting zone (aka plant hardiness zone) isn’t all that mysterious once you get to know it. It’s like the overlooked love interest in every 80’s RomCom. Always there in plain sight. Always ignored. Then one day, you wake up and realize that no, you can’t plant a banana tree in Maine. But you could have the best darn blueberries in the world. If only you had noticed earlier that your USDA planting zone was there telling you all along that blueberries are the way to go.
Gift-giving for the plant-lover in your life can be tricky, especially if you think they already have everything they need. Imagine your loved one opening a holiday or birthday gift with excitement and anticipation, only to unveil a 20lb bag of potting soil. Sure, it’ll be useful, but it doesn’t exactly have the wow-factor you may be looking for. I’ve put together a list of 5 cool gardening tools for the plant-lover in your life that I think are thoughtful, unique, and useful. (And are NOT a bag of dirt!)
Gardening equipment is a blessing and a curse. It’s possible I spend way too much time drooling over the array of tools at my favorite garden shop. In my defense, this counts as “market research.” Right? How else would I possibly know about the weeding robot? It’s like a Roomba, only instead of vacuuming your living room, it roams your garden, pulling up weeds.
I’m a fairly independent human, who likes to avoid asking anyone for help. I’m that girl at the grocery store, who uses a wrapping paper tube from the stationery aisle to nudge paper towels off the high shelf. So when it comes to pruning fruit trees, the extendable pruning saw (sometimes called a “pole saw”) is a favorite of mine for garden cleanup.