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Gear Up for Gardening Season With These Great Tools

Gear Up for Gardening Season With These Great Tools

Before long, it will be time to start gardening again. Perhaps you’ve already spent time eagerly circling variety options in seed catalogs, planning your garden, researching fruit and vegetable crops, and starting your seeds indoors. But have you dug out and dusted off your garden tools yet? With the right tools, you can start your spring off right, and you’ll be completely prepared when the weather starts to warm. Here are some tool resources and tips to help you out.

First, give your existing tools new life by recycling materials you have on hand. You can tune up secondhand tools so that they’re better than new in no time, or make your own garden tools from recycled materials, such as saw blades and wooden handles. You can also build a nifty multi-use garden tool, which will allow you to perform many tasks without dishing out the money for many different tools.

After you’ve exhausted your reusable-tool options, research the tools that are on the market. Some companies design their farm and garden tools with women specifically in mind, and others tools are so helpful and high-quality that you won’t remember what you used beforehand!

Once you’ve revitalized your tool collection, you’ll want to find a good place to carry and store your tools. This tool tote can be made from recycled aluminum cans, or you can build a tool-holder out of leftover fencing materials. That way, you’ll always know right where your tools are when you need them.

Do you have any tool suggestions to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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7:10PM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thank you!

5:05AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

We do have lots of garden tools, but some do get left out by accident, unseen, until this time of year.Also, I take little "cuttings" of shrubs as I go on walks, put them in jars of water until they root, plant them up and give to anyone who wants then. Hebes and ivy root this way very easily

2:47AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Thank you.

12:06PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:19PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013


5:14AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

I don't have a garden. :-(

5:11AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013


8:58PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Gardening is in lot of buzz now all around the world. People want to learn more and more about gardening. Enhance your knowledge about gardening tools here -

4:39PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

fun things to plan while the weather is cold.

8:08AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

One of my favourite pastimes is what I have named "urban foraging". I wander about while I'm walking my dogs and see what people have thrown out on the curb. With a little creativity, many items can be recycled into interesting pot containers. My best find was a container with a fern-like plant still in it. It was very much worse for wear, but I took it home and watered it and it bounced back to life. In our Western Australian heat wave almost everything in my garden has died, which is distressing. Tomorrow we are going to have 41 degrees celsius and I know even if everything else is dead, the plant I rescued from the rubbish will survive.

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