Daylilies forum: gardening tools you love

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Name: Dorothy Spackman
Highland, UT
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Feb 19, 2015 5:45 PM CST
I was just out weeding gardens and planting peas (suppose to snow on Sat., but the peas will be OK) I was using my favorite weeding tool, but I was just wondering what else might be better. If you have a favorite gardening tool--not just weeding, but for any garden job, could you share? Those of us who are getting older every year need all the help and advice we can get. Or any other hints to make gardening life easier. I love it, but--ouch and wheeze. Oh, my favorite tool right now is the Cobra Head Weeder although I wish it had a sharper edge on one side to cut.
Dorothy Spackman
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Feb 19, 2015 6:01 PM CST
My "go to" weeder is a winged weeder. I have one with a smaller head and one with a larger head.......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Feb 19, 2015 7:03 PM CST
I'm not sure if you can call them a "tool" or not, but I love these colored plastic buckets/baskets/bins .

I have several of them. I use them when I am doing cleanup to hold the weeds, spent flowers, and prunings; the bucket is light and easy enough when full (so long as there is little or no dirt) to then carry out to the yard waste recycle bin. (No, I don't have a compost heap... I do not have a good place for one, really.)

I sometimes use the buckets to haul a few 1 gal plants from the car back to the garden.

I also use them for recycling dirt from pots (where plants have died (or should be deleted), where seeds have failed to germinate...). Dig out the plant (stalks, roots), dump the dirt into the bucket, repeat with the next pot. When I get enough dirt in there, I maybe mix in some compost or fertilizer (or else do so on an individual pot-by-pot basis), and then I re-use the dirt - either for another potted plant, or else out in the garden.

Right now I am thinking of doing something different wrt a potting recipe for my daylily seedlings. One of the buckets may become a mixing bucket for that purpose (to mix certain amounts of planting mix, vermiculite, mulch, fertilizer, alfalfa, etc.).

I just love these buckets! Lovey dubby I have bought other variations on this theme... including pop-up, collapsible/expandable buckets, and these ones are imho far better (not to mention that the colors are far more fun - and the buckets can be color-coded for use, if necessary).

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Name: Arlene
Ponce Inlet, FL (Zone 9a)
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Feb 19, 2015 8:02 PM CST
My favorite weeding tool is a bricklayers hammer. They come in stainless and last forever! Amazon has them and so does Ace Hardware. These hammers are excellent for getting out fairly deep roots.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Feb 19, 2015 8:33 PM CST
My favorite weeding "tool" is anyone that I can get that will do it for me. Whistling Hilarious!

I use the buckets that Polymerous uses, and a variation on the same. If you go to a feed store, they are called muck buckets, for mucking out a barn. I bought a bunch of them at Home Depot several years ago, for about $5 each! They also come in handy for putting over plants to save them from the weather. I had to do that every year with my veggies, when living in Utah, because it always snowed on them.

I need tool information too! I don't seem to have any tools for weeding, other than a dandelion fork, a small hand shovel, and a big shovel. I don't even know what is available these days!

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