Trying to break the ice, we tried a number of tools in the shed. The big winner was a bit of a surprise.
Besides a good shovel, pruner, and cultivator for weeding, one of the tools I depend upon most is a watering wand at the end of the hose.
Since you can’t go out, dig, prune and plant right now in the middle of winter, what you can do is take care of your tools.
Good garden tools can last a lifetime – or two or three – if you take care of them. I still use my grandfather’s spade.
‘Hand Rakes’ are sort of like small plastic snow shovelheads with a strap on the back to slip your fingers through, and then easily pick up leaves and muck.
You know how you go around with your hands gathering stray leaves and piles of garden debris in your yard to stuff into a wheelbarrow or a bag? These turn you into ‘Edward Rake-Hands,’ so you can clean up the yard a lot faster without getting your gloves gunky with leaf litter or garden goo.
Hand Rakes are plastic, so they’re lightweight and won’t rust, they’re one-size-fits-all, and so simple a kid could use them – in fact send me a kid, and I’ll put them to work and show you. I found Hand Rakes at a garden center, they cost around five bucks – what a great gift. The cashier looked at them and said – ‘Where were these? I need to get some before I go home today!’ And then she said the same thing you’ll probably say. ‘Hand rakes. Why didn’t I think of that?’