When you’re a gardener, your first thought in spring time is: is it warm enough to plant? Your next thought – are all my tools in working order? Who wants to run to Home Depot Saturday morning to replace the wheelbarrow when there’s trees to trim, flowers to plant, and a lawn to mow?
Since everyone has their favorite gardening tool, I surveyed my nearest and dearest friends to find out what they love to use. With Mother’s Day is only a month away, husbands out there may want to take note! Don’t forget to check out my list of favorite gardening tools.
The Brown Thumb Crowd (Or Just More Efficient?)
Now some friends are definitely non-gardeners. Kelly Brown – The Turnip Farmer, Sarah Donza-Hughes – Finnegan and Hughes, Hillary Chybinski – My Scraps, Jessica Rubin Cohen – Look Who Found the Marbles, and Darla DeMorrow, Heartwork Organizing, all have a landscaping company a.k.a. their husbands or the telephone. Since I keep trying to get my oldest son to take over the gardening, I can definitely relate.
If your husband doesn’t have the time, see if a neighbor teenager wants to earn some extra cash. My going rate is $5 to $7 per hour, depending on the job. Younger teens will need more supervision and may need assistance with heavier jobs; older teens are usually more responsible and willing to do heavier lifting. A teen who has had some experience working in their own yard and garden usually does better since they should be somewhat familiar with plants, weeds, and tools.
Nancy Vecchione – Defeating the Squirrels is in luck. She has adult children who love to garden and since they don’t have houses yet, they come help her.
Must Have Gardening Tools (Please note these for birthdays and Christmas)
Bulb Planter – Lauryn Blakesley – The Vintage Mom – It digs a hole just perfect for those tulips.
The Claw – Cindy Dudas – Whatever Works – My favorite tool is the Claw. I have a regular size one and a small hand held one. It rips everything up, and gives a good arm workout at the same time!
Cobra head Cultivator – Sarah Swarthout Wagner – USA Love List – Cobra head Cultivator is the best gardening tool ever and yes, it is Made in the USA.
Compost – Jessica Lane Mudrick – Delaware County Pa Moms Oh! I love gardening! My favorite gardening tool is compost. Having great compost makes a huge difference with the garden! I also love my brother who is landscaper & does the very manual labor like dividing plants & all heavy lifting. Trina Peruski O’Boyle – O’Boy Organic – Love Gardening! I have many favorites but Compost, Gardening gloves by Clean Air Gardening. Rain barrel.
Drip Irrigation Systems – Sarah Swarthout Wagner – USA Love List There are good sources for made in USA drip irrigation.
Dutch Hoe – Valerie Deneen – Inner Child Fun Oh! A Dutch Hoe — the BEST gardening tool EVAHHHHH!!!!
Gardeners’ 3rd leg – Sarah Swarthout Wagner – USA Love List According to Sarah, the Gardener’s 3rd Leg may be made in the USA!
Hoe – Alison Shaffer – Kitchen Table I am not to thrilled on gardening this year. last year DH found snake in [the] veg bed. Not happy. He carried it around the yard. I made him plant the fall bulbs this year. I’d say a big hoe might be mine for defense, but I’d run! (Editor’s Note: I’d run, too!)
Tomato Cages, Stacking – Becky Conroy Elmuccio – Crafty Garden Mama The red stacking tomato cages from Gardeners Supply come in sets of three. (Editor: I love my tomato cages, too!)
Other handy items
Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardener’s Hand Therapy – Carrie Curry – Chockababy and Carrie – MakingLemonade Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardener’s Hand Therapy for after gardening keeps my arms and hands from being itchy after gardening. I can’t garden without it. (Editor: Given the state of my hands, I think I need to pick some of this up!)