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Today I am excited to share with you my favorite tools for vegetable gardening. Using the right tool for the right job makes for easier work!
Yesterday was the first day of spring, and that means it is vegetable gardening season! This weekend I need to get my beds all cleaned up and ready to go, so I am happy today to share with you my favorite tools for vegetable gardening.
Vegetable Gardening for Security
During these crazy times of self isolation during the pandemic, you could essentially say the sh*t has hit the fan. Having a vegetable garden in, gives me a sense of security in knowing that my family will have food. For this reason alone, I think that everyone should have a small food garden.
Even if all you can muster is a couple containers on your deck, you can still easily grow greens, which are a nutrient dense food. They grow quickly and you can grow them over and over and get multiple harvests. Consider spinach, lettuce, chard, kale, bok choy, etc.
Potatoes are another crop I would plant, but look for long storing varieties such as Kennebec, Yukon Gold or German Butterball. They are also super in nutrients and will store for awhile. You can grow them easily in containers on a small deck or patio, or in the ground in large quantities.
The third vegetable I would choose to grow in these trying times, would be winter squash. They do require a little more space, so if space is limited, look for a bush variety. These are also nutrient dense, are easy to grow and will store for a long time in a cool dark place.
My all time favorite is Blue Jarrahdale Squash, but look for other long storing varieties such as Sweet Meat, Butternut and Blue Hubbard.
These foods may not be as exotic as say tomatoes and peppers, but they will go a long way in helping feed you and your family through a tough time.
The Right Gardening Tools Make for Easy Work
Vegetable gardening is easier when you use the right tools. Other than tools, mulch makes for easy gardening, with less weeds. So make your work in the garden more enjoyable, and therefore, more productive, by using the correct tools.
Many people quit vegetable gardening, because they find it too hard. Don't give up! Use the internet to find short cuts such as mulching for less weeds. You can learn tips on watering correctly, companion planting, vegetables that grow in shade, etc.
Any problem you are facing with your garden, Google is your friend, just search it out! I actually consider Google to be an awesome tool that I use all the time when a gardening or homesteading issue comes up that I am unsure how to handle it!
My Favorite Tools for Vegetable Gardening:
#1: The Cobrahead Weeder and Cultivator tool is my all time favorite gardening tool.
I like this tool for tackling big weeds and little weeds easily. For big weeds, you just hook them and pull, and they come up so easily. For smaller tiny just germinated weeds, turn the hook on it's side and scrape along just below the surface of the soil to uproot them all.
It also works really well to loosen up compacted soil, for drawing a line to drop your seeds into, or for digging a hole to drop a plant start into. This is a must have tool in my opinion!
#2: The Hori Hori Digging Knife comes in as a close second.
I like this tool for several reasons. It makes digging a hole to drop a plant into super easy. I like it to cut off the roots of a plant when I am wanting to remove dead plants as I clean up the garden beds. I follow a no till practice, and instead of pulling up the whole plant root system and disrupting the soil, I prefer to leave the roots in to decay, and feed the soil.
This tool is perfect for that job! I have also been known to use the knife part to cut twine or my netted trellis or even cable ties!
#3: The Gorilla Cart Wagon is also a must have.
I use this for hauling weeds to dump, for hauling harvests into the house and for hauling compost from our bins to where it needs to go in the garden. I also using it for hauling out any purchased soil amendments from the garage out to the garden. I use it to empty out the chicken coops, and haul the spent bedding out to our compost area.
If I am spending the day working outside in the garden, this is always by my side. I love how you can lift the wagon part up simply, to dump it, just like a dump truck. I love how heavy duty these are....my tires are the only thing that have worn out on one of the 2 wagons we have, which were easily replaceable.
I have one just for use in the garden, and then we have another that we use for all of our chicken chores.
#4: The Suncast Outdoor Rolling Garden Scooter is a comfy seat and tool storage all wrapped up in one!
I like this garden scooter for a couple reasons. It has a cushy knee cushion on the top of it. The cushion can stay where it is for a comfy seat while you work, or if you need to kneel down and work, you can pop it off the cart and use it on the ground to cushion your knees.
It is just the right size for storing your garden hand tools, plant labels, twine, hoze nozzels, even a small sprinkler head! The lid shuts and latches nicely and it stays water tight in size. It comes with a nice little carrying basket for hauling your tools along or for harvesting a small bunch from the garden in.
#5: Melnor multi Pattern Metal Hoze Nozzle is perfect for all watering needs in the vegetable garden!
After going through many many hoze nozzle attachments over the years, this has become my favorite. I love how it is metal and heavy duty, I used plastic ones in the past that cracked. I also love the many different spray patterns it has. From a light mist to a jet spray and everything in between. I especially love the jet spray for cleaning out chicken waterers....not veggie garden related, but a key selling factor for me!
#6: 5 Gallon Buckets are simple, easy, and get used all the time around here!
I use simple 5 gallon buckets around here for everything. We have one on our deck outside our kitchen door to collect kitchen scraps for the compost bin. I haul compost out in them to where I need it.
I use them upside down to sit on if they are handy. I fill them with weeds to dump in my wagon. We also use them to haul chicken feed out to the coops.....so yes, these are a must have for the vegetable garden and homestead!
#7 My Greenhouse ... a must have in our short cool growing season here in the PNW!
I am so thankful to have this, it allows me to grow tomatoes and peppers here in abundance. I fill the greenhouse every year with about 30+ tomato plants and at least that many peppers. I also grow a lot of vegetable starts to sell every year, and it allows me to move them out of the house earlier than if I didn't have it.
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