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Choosing The Right Gardening Equipment

Jan 30, 2008
Gardening equipment is part of every gardener's arsenal. At least, that's the excuse we use as we're buying that new ultra-light shovel that just went on sale! In reality though, not every gardener has all the tools they'd like to and most of us get along with what we've got. Improvisation is the answer.

But if you are serious about growing a garden this year, there are several things you absolutely need to have. A shovel, a hoe and a rake are three of the basics. Pruning scissors are another valuable tool that you should add to your arsenal as soon as you can.

Over the year, I've amassed quite a collection of equipment, to the point of not having room for them all in my shed. But out of all those tools, my favorites are an old pair of comfortable gloves and my trusty kitchen knife.

If my pruning scissors aren't handy, the kitchen knife takes their place quite well. If my shovel and hoe aren't within reach, the tip of the knife usually does the job. And sometimes I don't even go that far and just use my hands to dig the soil.

It probably sounds a little unorganized, but as you probably know when you're knee-deep in the garden the last thing you want to do is drop everything to go find a piece of equipment.

Having said all that, some jobs really are easier with the proper equipment and it may be worth the time to fetch. One of my other favorites is the garden claw.

With two varieties available, one for standing work, and for closer work and therefore fitting in your hand, the garden claw makes your life easier. Stick the claw in the ground, give it a simple twist with your wrist, and pull out. It loosens soil easily, and as an added benefit you get to pull out your weeds with less hassle.

What you need to remember about garden equipment is while you might really want a piece of equipment, you probably don't really need it. Stick with the basics and you'll still have lots of fun and enjoyment from your garden.
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