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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Jul 21, 2016 6:00 AM CST
I LOVE old tools. I have a scoop shovel that I bought at a yard sale last year that must be 100 years old...solid oak hand carved handle. I don't use it; it's for decoration. But a lot of the older tools I have, have been in use in someone's garden for at least 75 years. In fact, just yesterday, after decades of service, my triangle headed hoe's wooden handle finally broke down near the tang. When I tried to get a replacement handle, I was appalled. Instead of oak, pine, and so slender you just know it's going to split the minute I hammer that big old square tanged hoe head into it. I'd rather fix an old tool than buy a new one. I've got a "digging fork" that I bought a few years back and the tines bent about the 4th time I stuck it into the ground. I've got a "border spade" (small blade on a short handle) that some modern genius decided the D handle should be made of rubber that BENDS when you push down on it. That went in the trash. Can't tell you how many secateurs (snips) I've bought, got a year's use and trashed...but I have a good old pair at least 30 years old that are still going strong. Every yard sale I stop at I look for old garden/hand tools. They're the best.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Craig B
Sparrows Point, MD (Zone 7b)
A passion for organic vegetable gar
grdnguru
Aug 1, 2016 3:25 PM CST
Yeah, we share a kindred spirit. I just got back from a family cruise vacation and I pulled out several of these implements. I bought a few here and there and my wife would always ask what I intended to do with them. I'd say - garden, what else? My garden came through with flying colors but I had to do a bunch of maintenance as I am told we got a bunch of water while we were gone. We just had a storm in the last hour that put down an inch in about 45 minutes. I guess the good Lord intends for me to stay busy. Take care now.
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Aug 2, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Ellicott City got slammed; I hope you are ok. We're up on the Mason-Dixon line and yes, we got tremendous rains all weekend too. Sunday afternoon it was a deluge for about an hour. Do you have a good source for replacement long tool handles? I need to replace a hoe handle and the replacement handles at Lowe's and Service Star are pretty flimsy looking. I'm always on the look out for good quality replacement handles (shovels, spades, rakes, etc.)
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

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