Like most gardeners I have the standard mix of shovels and trowels and clippers (okay, so I actually have a shed full of stuff). But there are a few tools and accessories that I find very useful. Thought you might be interested to see what items I keep coming back to. Anyone have other recommendations?
I have been on the search for the perfect pair of Gardening Gloves for a couple of years. I find that the thin ones tend to rip at the fingertips and become useless and the bulkier suede/leather ones don’t give a good feel. They are fine for raking, but when it comes to getting your hands in the dirt they aren’t very helpful. I also have smallish hands so I also needed a pair that came in sizes. I had almost given up when I came across these at Terrain at Styers this Spring. So far I LOVE them. They keep my hands clean, they are nicely fitted and give good hand feel, but they are durable enough that they don’t have any sign of wear (just lots of DIRT). As an added bonus I don’t have big blisters and callouses on my hands and my nails stay nice and clean!
This is new to my arsenal. It arrived just as I was dividing some perennials last month. I don’t know how I gardened without it. There are lots of times when I am in a planting bed where my small shovel is not big enough but a full size shovel or spade is too big or awkward to use. This solves the problem. The kids also love using it, since it is just their size! By the way I am now in love with Lee Valley. They have lots of interesting gardening and woodworking products (that you don’t find anywhere else). My neighbors introduced me to them (Thanks Eils!)
This product totally looks like a gimmick, but when our half moon edger broke (after many years of service) I was interested in other options. My husband and I are both big believers in good edging. Every spring we edge the beds and create a little moat between the grass and the bed. Then you fill part of it with mulch and it provide a place to monitor weeds growing into the garden and most importantly it gives a nice finished appearance to the bed. Anyway, we had also tried electric edgers without much luck. Well once I got this, last year I couldn’t help myself! I edged and edged and edged. It still works better when the ground is damp from a rain but it worked MUCH faster than a traditional edger. It takes a little getting use to but now I would never got back! It is also much easier on the arms, shoulders and back!
I know it sounds so simple, but this stuff is great. You just cut it to size you need and loop it around the plant that you need to tie. Plus it is easy to adjust and you can take it off and reuse it! The only downside is that you need a pair of scissors to cut it. You use to have to order it online but now Home Depot and everyone else seems to sell it.
I don’t have this exact model since I bought mine at the defunct Smith and Hawken but mine looks very similar. These are handy little tools (although they are sharp so I have to keep mine from the kids). They do a really nice job of removing weed seedlings around your perennials without disturbing anything else. One thing to note is that they are “handed” so make sure you order the right (or my case left) one.