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Buying Gardening Tools

Updated on April 25, 2012

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If you are a gardener you already know that purchasing new seeds and or new plants every gardening season is a temptation; one that many of us cannot resist.

The catalogues arrive in winter when for some of us, actual gardening is some months away, and the plants look so beautiful you begin to dream and then before you are actuality aware of what you are doing, the order form is filled out and in the mail.

The Internet and a credit card make this an even easier habit to develop.

However, it is not only plants and seeds that can grab a gardener’s attention, tools are very compelling and there is a wide array to select from.

Now with gardening there is one rule that all gardeners need to follow and that is the right plant in the right place. This is a key to gardening success.

With tools, there is also a rule and one that applies to other activities besides gardening and that is the right tool for the right job; after all you do not eat soup with a fork do you?

So how do you decide what tools are right for you. Actually it is not all that different from deciding what plants to grow.

The first step is to understand your gardening style. For example, if you are a no till gardener that is one who does not do any digging then you may not need a shovel.

On the other hand if you do not dig but apply compost or other organic material to your garden bed then a shovel can come in handy.

So asses you gardening style.

Next, how big is your garden? Buy tools to match you actual gardening chores. If you garden in a containers then buy the tools that this activity requires. If you backyard is a vegetable factory or a food forest, then you need to buy the tools that enable that work to be done with a minimum effort.

Tools are being made with special grips and handles to make them easier to sue, if that is what you need buy them.

Do you have any plants, bushes, shrubs or trees that need pruning, if you do get a good pruner and be sure that it is able to do the job. Try cutting a tree branch with a pair of safety scissors and you get the idea.

Remember tools are often sharp and must always be handled with care.

You can buy tools that are uniquely designed for children and if you want them to enjoy gardening this is a good idea. You can show them how to use them and care for them.

Keep you tools clean and off the ground when not in use.

Gardening gloves come in a wide variety of colours, textures and sizes, children’s sizes included. Make sure they fit reasonable well.

Some people prefer not to wear gloves when putting their hands in the soil, if you know what is there that may be okay, but if you are working on a garden or site that you do not know wear clothes.

I have several pairs and always mange to lose at least one glove per season.

My favourite gardening tool for my own garden is my pocket knife. I use a no dig , heavy mulch method and only do a little weeding and sue it for that and for cutting flowers for the table.

Remember assess your needs before you buy and you will be pleased with your choices.

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courtesy flickr. Barefoot in Flordia
courtesy flickr. Barefoot in Flordia




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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Yeah I have cut my hand as well, takes the fun out of gardening, thanks for dropping by.

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    Ben Lannoy 

    7 years ago

    Hi Bob,

    Great post and some good info. I sliced my hand on a rusty can a few months ago without gloves on and i do this for a living. Definitely not worth the hassle..or the pain!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks, I need a shovel for the plot next door, it is all rocks and sand.

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    Marye Audet 

    10 years ago

    great tips Bob! I need to replace some of my stuff. :P

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    you are welcome, a good reason to wear gloves is you never really know what's in the soil.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    10 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    I need to go out and arrange my tools- I find that I actually only use a few things- I was'nt wearing gloves very much and then someone told me I should- because we can pick up some bad bacteria that can get into open wounds on our hands.So I'm getting used to gloves but still manage to get my hands!!!Thanks for the reminder on taking care of my tools too!


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