A reader asked me what my very favorite, can’t live without, garden tool is.
That’s hard to answer because for one thing, it depends on the size of your garden and your local “problems”.
If you’re gardening a fairly large spot, you need a tractor or at least a garden tiller.
The one thing I would really hate to do without is a good, sharp hoe. I can use the corner of the hoe to get right up around the plants and can drag the hoe down the rows to “scrape” the top and hopefully keep the weeds down.
A “stirrup hoe” is great for weeding but if I could only have one tool, it would be a plain old sharp hoe!
I rarely use a shovel . . when I have to dig something that’s hard to dig, I’ll go get a shovel, but usually not more than a couple of times a year, unless I’m planting a tree or something like that.
I absolutely LOVE my wheel hoe and the attachments. But, it’s rather expensive and unless you’re seriously into gardening, it’s probably not an investment you want to make.
There are plenty of tools that are pretty indispensable in the garden:
- Garden trowel
- Trustworthy way to fertilize. Pouring 1 or 2 T. of fertilizer into a watering can is good for small jobs but for the larger jobs, it takes a good hose end sprayer.
- For watering, I love the T-post sprinkler (it fits on top of a T-post).
I’m a gadget girl and there are way too many garden tools in my shed.