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Imagestormyla
Jul 20, 2010 12:26 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
What's in your tool tote? What tools get used every day? Which are your favorites and why? What tool that you just had to have has never been outside of your garage? If you could only have one tool, what would it be? Tell us about all of your favorites and worsts. We'd love to hear what makes gardening easiest for you. Big Grin


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ImageCarol
Jul 20, 2010 11:00 PM CST
Tidewater Virginia
Favorite garden tool? I didn't have to even think twice about that - it's a stirrup hoe. Thumbs up
Although the early bird may get the worm the second mouse gets the cheese.
Imagestormyla
Jul 21, 2010 5:06 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Carol, Hi! Good to see you. Big Grin Do you have a photo of yours? I've often thought of getting one.
Tammy
Jul 21, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: Tam
NE PA
I love my japanese hori hori knife. Its great for digging, prying out weeds, even cutting roots or vines in a pinch.

http://www.bonsaioutlet.com/prodimages/Tools/450low_res/BT-A...
Imagestormyla
Jul 21, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Tammy, I've seen other folks write about those knives. I knew this would be a good thread. Now here's two tools that I don't have.

I'm determined to clean mine out this year and only keep what I really need. Too much clutter!!

Wouldn't it be nice if we could borrow or rent a tool, before we commit to owning it??
Imagestormyla
Jul 22, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Tammy, Just to show you what a baaaaadd gardener I am, here are my plant cutting and dividing tools that got left on the back of a shelf on my potting bench before some rain storms. Heck, they still work, just have to get them cleaned up. It's a good thing the Harley Davidson store is just down the street. They sell the best rust removers.

These old kitchen tools, I bought for $3 for the entire box at a flea market. That boning knife is hugh. The blade is about 16" long and is perfect for slicing through larger perennials. I use it all of the time.. The cleaver is great on particularly thick and fibrous roots and stems. These really came in handy when I was dividing my hugh Heucheras. None of my gardening knives or saws was up to the job. The boning knife is great to reach down through the roots from the top too.

I often will buy one large perennial and cut it into 5 or 6 plants. I've found these plants to have a better survival rate for me than young seedlings and tissue cultured plants.

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Tammy
Jul 22, 2010 4:39 PM CST
Name: Tam
NE PA
those look like wonderful tools for division! (BTW - I have left my knife outside over a winter or two. My DSO painted the handles of both my knives yellow so I couldn't lose 'em again. Of course I have misplaced them at times since.)
Imagesheryl
Jul 22, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
LOL - he needs to paint them in a non-garden color.

Now, which color that would be is not something I can figure out at the moment...
coleup
Jul 27, 2010 5:59 AM CST
Name: Judy
central Md
A non garden color . Great comment! Shiney metal catches my eye sometimes What will archeologists do if we stop leaving tools behind?

I'm guilty of using kitchen knives for division and love my long serrated edge knife because I get a more controlled cut and it doesn't have to be sharp.
Hope is a renewable resource
Imagestormyla
Jul 27, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
One tool that I would panic if I lost track of is my Soil Scoop. I store this one right in the soil bin on my potting bench or on the enclosed upper shelf. The scoop is larger than most trowels and with it's curved deeper bowl holds more soil and gives better control of it than the traditional shape.

The pointed tip makes it easier to start a hole or dig into a compressed block of peat or bagged soil. The serrated side edges make quick work of scraping away small roots along the sides of a planting hole.

I found this at a nursery somewhere and it was probably less than $12.

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Imagestormyla
Jul 30, 2010 12:49 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
What is your favorite weeding tool?
Imagesheryl
Jul 30, 2010 7:56 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
A watering can and my gloves!
Tammy
Aug 2, 2010 2:34 PM CST
Name: Tam
NE PA
hori hori grubbing knife. :-)
Imagestormyla
Aug 2, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL Tammy, That baby is a Jack of all trades. Thumbs up Thumbs up

I have to confess that I don't trust Stormy very much with Knives out in the garden. I've been known to stab myself one too many times. DUH Thumbs down
Imagesheryl
Aug 3, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Butter knives only for you - what we do if you hurt yourself and couldn't type anymore? Can't have that.
hart
Aug 3, 2010 11:17 AM CST
Since it's so rocky here, this is the tool I use all the time - for planting, digging holes, weeding. Pretty much whatever needs to be done. It's a hand mattock. I get mine at Home Depot. They carry some for around $10 that are very heavy duty and sturdy.

Try this link http://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/ahd4/jpg/A4matto...

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Imagestormyla
Aug 3, 2010 12:22 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hart, I can see where that would be invaluable in your rocky soil. Many times I wonder how you can get so many beautiful things to grow there.
Imagestormyla
Aug 3, 2010 12:33 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
A good friend gave me this weeding tool as a housewarming gift. I love it. It works wonderfully for just about everything except digging up thistles and dandelions. This tool can help you cover a lot of area in a small amount of time. It is one of my "must haves".


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hart
Aug 3, 2010 12:34 PM CST
I try to plant mostly things that can withstand the dry, rocky and alkaline soil. I add in new soil when I can but of course what's underneath is just rocks so dryness is still a problem. I water pretty much every day in the summer.

Weeds are probably the biggest problem besides the soil. I can kill off everything, weed, weed again, weed again and within days there are weedy pasture grasses and other stuff popping up. In some areas, I have so-called invasive plants growing because they push out the weeds and can survive pretty much anywhere. I just keep them in check by pulling them back in the spring.

I've also gotten a big pile of mulch and if I ever manage to get caught up on the weeds that really took hold the past year when I didn't have time, I'll get that put down in many of the beds.
hart
Aug 3, 2010 12:36 PM CST
I have one of those but it doesn't work well in rocks. The mattock works better better because it's sturdier and doesn't depend on having such a sharp edge.

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