Gardening Tools

My Gardening Tools and Supplies

  • cultivator – have a standard small hand three prong cultivator, nothing large or that runs off of electricity
  • transplanter – 8.25″ long, wooden handle
  • trowel – 8″ long, wooden handle
  • Hori Hori Gardening Tool – Japanese soil knife, literally means “dig, dig”, its serrated blade can be used for removing roots, transplanting bulbs and weeding. Has a sheath with a holster to protect the blade and can be wornfour bees on a belt. Mine is 12.0″ x 2.6″ x 1.1″ Label actually has a warning that states “The product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the state of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.” Star Asia USA, LLC, D.B.A Titan Item #11094, purchased March 2016 on Groupon
  • CobraHead (R) Weeder And Cultivator Steel Fingernail (R) blade(www.cobrahead.com) weeds, cultivates (breaks up clods), scalps, edges, digs, makes a furrow or trench, transplants, makes seed holes and small bulb holes, can scrap mud off other tools, can clean mower decks and roto-tillers, can weed cracks in sidewalks, flagstones and rock gardens when titled sideways de-thatches and harvests, some notes on the label include to keep the blade clean as it is not stainless steel and can rust, excessive force can break the blade (it is not a pry bar), use a fine file or stone if sharpening is necessary, wear gloves when using, can use with both hands or one
  • Compost Aerator – the brand for mine is Wingdigger (TM) , some composting tips on the packaging included
    • an active compost heap should feel like a wrung out sponge, keep pile covered to avoid excess moisture getting in
    • compost starter soils are also available to promote faster composting
    • frequent and through turning and aerating the compost pile prevents flies, odor and vermin(including nesting mice and rats)
      • placing meat and dairy into compost bin causes bad odor
      • ideally fill your composter with grass clippings, leaves, dirt, kitchen waste etc.
      • aerating the pile mixes compost-causing bacteria and speeds up the process, just plunge the aerator in and out of the bin several times
      • aeration allows the flow of moisture throughout the pile and more air reduces odor and reduced odor will not attract flies and vermin
      • aeration can cause garden compost to become rich loam in just one season
      • use the aerator weekly
  • Seed Starter Trays – have some natural fiber seed pots to place inside a plastic watertight garden tray with clear greenhouse domes
    • when seeds germinate plastic cover can be removed, when using dome never let the soil dry out, use lukewarm water, 70°F is a great germination soil temperature
    • fertilize every other watering
    • place outdoors after all danger of frost is past, gradually increase exposure to outdoor temperature over two weeks, should be at least 40°F
    • start seeds with a quality soil
    • clear greenhouse planstic humidity dome keeps in moisture and heat to encourage seed germination
    • fiber pots are biodegradable and can be planted entirely in the ground
  • Fabric Raised Bed – Big Bag Bed Jr. – Smart Pots.com (purchased 2016) – have found it helpful in transplanting flowers
  • Compost Sak – new concept in composting – (purchased in 2016) – have found it surprising how the contents tend to shrink and decompose, might actually get some good soil out of it, www.CompostSak.com – 100 gallon capacity, resualbe, up to 12 cubic feet of compost, can use for grass clippings, paper, link, hair, cotton rags,  if compost smells there is too much green add more brown , try a ratio of two or three parts (these are notes from the packaging I have thrown out)
  • Earth Edge The Pad – I have tried a few different gardening pads and this is my favorite and is softer and larger and more durable than the others. www.earthedgeproducts.com