Most of the gardening that I do regularly, for clients and for myself, involves repetitive tasks. I spend most of my indoor gardening time thinking about the more artistic side of things – design, choosing plants, and artistic pruning – tasks that are unique to each space and plant. But outdoors, my time falls into a soothing rhythm of weeding, trimming, deadheading – the usual gardening suspects.
Perhaps because of that contrast between what we focus our thoughts on and what we spend our time on, I notice that people’s gardening hand tools are often sadly out of shape; 20-year-old pruners that haven’t been sharpened, a $3 trowel and bent dandelion fork for weeds, and a crushed kneeling pad so inconvenient we often forget to bring it outside.
This has got to change, people! Let’s acknowledge right now that the repetitive gardening tasks that we do are a beautiful way of honoring our gardens and getting to be outside to appreciate them regularly. Don’t give yourself and your garden short shrift by puttering along with poor tools. Sharp, ergonomically-designed tools will save you time, make gardening easier on your body, and make tasks that used to be chores into a pleasure.
This week I’ll share with you the basic garden hand tools I can’t live without. In my career I have tested tons of different tools – the latest types that come in at my local nurseries, the small unknown brands my clients rave about, and the tools my pro gardener friends swear by.
Here’s what’s coming:
Come back Saturday for our first installment!