What’s in Your Toolshed?

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Let’s face it. If you have a garden, you need tools. There’s just no way around it. Whether you’ve a potted plant on the porch, a front flower bed or a full-blown garden plot you’ll need some tools to help you work it.

Garden Shears or Scissors

You ‘could’ use your kitchen shears to harvest your basil or trim something in the yard but that really isn’t the best tool for the job. You need a pair of garden shears, garden scissors or snips. They’re perfect for taking off shoots off the side of a tree trunk, trimming up a woody plant and even harvesting herbs.

Bigger Shears

While garden shears, scissors or snips are great for small jobs there will come a time when you need something a little bigger. That’s where pruning shears come into play. You’ll want it to be sharp and durable. When choosing a pruning shear look for high quality. I recently donated my old ‘starter’ pruning shears for a high-end one and was SO surprised at the difference it made in the ease of cutting branches.


Yes, you’ll probably need a rake. They’re useful for raking up leaves, grass clippings, leveling the planting spot, spreading mulch and I’ve even used them for moving snow… There are different kinds of rakes and the materials can range from plastic to metal to bamboo. Handles can range from metal, fiberglass and wood. My favorite is a small rake I use to rake under small plants.

Shovels and Spades

Recently I had some outdoor water faucets replaced due to leaking which involved a big of digging. My contractor preferred a long straight handle on his shovel while I tended to use one with a more ergonomic handle. Everyone will be different. Find one you like and buy quality as, unless someone borrows it and doesn’t return it, it’ll probably last your lifetime. (Wood handles do sometimes have to be replaced.)

Whatever the size of your growing area you’ll be rewarded by purchasing the best tools you can afford. It’s sure aggravating to be in the middle of a job and have your hoe head starting turning, your shovel point chip off or your loppers refusing to cut. Quality wins.