This is my list of the best gardening tools I’ve found, helpfully organized with links to my favorites.
This is one of my favorite tools of all time:
I like from Spear and Jackson:
Stainless and well-built. I’ve always been a sucker for the look of stainless steel.
Here’s , this time a spade:
Stainless is good if you leave your tools out, as I may do… all the time.
The handles on these are quite nice and similar to those on the Clarington Forge tools, such as this next spade.
I love Clarington Forge tools. So much so that I used to be a distributor. The heads are made from solid forged steel in England. They’re one of the last tool companies that hasn’t been eaten by the hollow promises of Free Trade and outsourced to China.
will last forever:
They cost more for a reason: they’re tools that last for generations, unlike the many Chinese tools I’ve broken over the years. Sharpen the edge of that sucker with a file and it’s a root-cutting machine that will last through the Apocalypse.
for quick and easy weeding, both on the forward and backward stroke:
The oscillating blade self-sharpens and decapitates weeds without you having to chop at the ground. Very good tool.
Easy Digging Grub/Grape/Adze Hoes
I love all the tools I’ve gotten from . I use their hoes regularly for shaping beds, moving earth, planting trees, digging ponds and of course, chopping weeds. Solid forged steel means they last forever and take a really good edge.
If you already have a grub hoe and/or a grape and adze hoe from , why not ? These suckers are made from reclaimed disc blades. Nice.
Felco Snips and Pruners
When I owned my nursery business I used two pairs of Felco pruners constantly. were always in hand when I was sticking cuttings:
And are what I use when working on my fruit trees and doing grafting:I’ve been using these pruners for multiple years now and they’ve well out-lived all the cheap pairs I owned before.
Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe
is practically indestructible and turns the job of weeding a big space into a quick and pleasant task.
I’ve plugged this wheel hoe in my book as well as in my popular film .
. It’s wonderful.
I used to start all my moringa seedlings in the spring on :
For anything that you want to get going early, a heat mat gets it done. It makes a big difference when rooting cuttings as well. I made back the cost of the mat the first time I started a round of seedlings on it in February.
, despite their silly name:
You can cut down a small tree in seconds with this saw. I have the large-toothed version but they are all highly rated. Excellent for fast, clean cuts when you graft or open up limbs to let more light into a food forest or orchard.
Don’t buy one of the Gerber “Gator” machetes. They’re horrible, despite being a best-seller on Amazon. The metal is lousy. However, :
is a serious tool and will serve you well whether you’re clearing brush or harvesting bananas.
Another very nice machete that’s quite similar to one I bought locally (I live in machete country) for my wife is :
Attractive and nice for jungle treks.
is a nicely designed grafting and budding knife:
I usually use a cheap utility blade in my grafting, as demonstrated in , but I really like this knife and its options.
While we’re on the topic of grafting tools, works very well and dries quite quickly.
Treekote is my favorite choice for grafting projects and is the same sealer I use in
Stretchy and waxy works great for grafting. You can wrap it over a scion to prevent it from drying out and the new buds will simply grow right through the parafilm. Good stuff.
I’ve wanted for a long time but just can’t bring myself to spend the money. Frivolous of me to want one, perhaps, but the capacity, longevity and gentle rain pattern of this classic are hard to resist.
Maybe I’ll put it on my birthday wish list.
I bought three of from a friend at and we’ve found them very useful for our vegetable gardens.
Rustic-looking but quite effective, especially once sharpened.
My wife loves using hers for weeding and making seed furrows.
I am a sucker for scythes and am thrilled that Amazon carries good ones now. You need to buy in two pieces, :
And then (the fancy name for a scythe handle):
If you have rougher grass, weeds and brush to cut, I also recommend springing for . I prefer one of those as my primary since I usually grow polyculture food forests with more than just easy-to-fell grass. A is a must-have as well, since frequent sharpening is very important for efficiency.
Fruit Picker Basket
If you have tall trees with lots of fruit, you’ll also want .
We use ours all the time, attached to a long bamboo pole. They’re great for peaches, citrus, mangoes and more.
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Did I miss any of the “best gardening tools” on your own list? Let me know in the comments.