Mike Haasl wrote:Maybe this is already a thing... How about a watering can that holds at least 2 gallons, has a removable (replaceable?) rose, the fill hole is easy to pour into with a 5 gallon bucket, you can water with one hand whether it's nearly full or nearly empty, it doesn't rust out too quickly and it has a filter built in so that chunks of stuff won't get into it to plug the rose.
Anne Miller wrote:The watering can like Mike mentioned is one of my best friends. I usually have one full of water by both the front door and the back door. Those features would be great.
I also use pruning tools a lot.
I find a spade very handy. I keep one stuck in the garden bed so I can tell if I need to water. My problem is that the wood handle deteriorates rather quickly since it is always outdoors in the weather and sun. The ones with plastic handles always break.
For weeding, I like a hand rake with a claw.
John F Dean wrote:Depending upon one's definition of tool. I had an old timer show me, when I was a kid, to fill a 5 gallon bucket with sand. Then pour used motor oil into it. Once a year, dip the blades of your various garden tools into it. The sand will held to remove rust, and the oil will provide protection. I normally do this before I put tools away for the winter. Of course, clean the tool to remove the oil before working the soil.
Scott Stiller wrote:It’s not just about the tools but keeping all of them with you. I repurposed one of my kid’s discarded bags into a carry all/man purse/ outdoorsmen’s satchel. In it I keep snips, twine, box cutter, small hatchet, and grafting tools. When I roam I like to be ready. We have a lot of escaped Callery pears on the property so In the spring and fall I’ll take pear tree scions for grafting. In about four years I have good pears to eat on my route.
Catie George wrote:Small hoes with very lightweight handles. I have a picture on here somewhere; we have an antique one that my grandmother used into her 90s. Because the head is so light, the dowel on it is less than an inch and it only weights a couple pounds at most. I use it for weeding, making small furrows for carrots and other small seeds, and scuffling up the soil over top of seedlings. It works better than my scuffle hoe in my heavy soil.
R Scott wrote:Another, easier, tool would be quality forged trowel with a socket handle that would accept a wood handle to make a mini shovel/long handled trowel.
Catie George wrote:Solid one piece trowels. My favourite trowel is older than me and cast out of a single piece of thick aluminum, handle and all, and is very strong and lightweight
Catie George wrote:A decent snow shovel. All I seem to be able to buy is plastic ones, and they last maybe a year or two.
Catie George wrote:Easy to use quick connect hose attachments. I have garden beds all over, and it would be so nice to be able to not drag a heavy hose through my perennials to reach my veggie gardens. They may exist, but I dream of leaving my hose in the veggie garden, pulling it across the grass, and a 2 second connection- to another end of the hose so I can water. Another quick connect to water the gardens at the other end of the house. It would make watering so much less of a chore. If I didnt have to drag 50' of hose around all the time.
Philip Honzay wrote:Dramm brass shutoff valve! They're generally around $20 but they don't leak all over the place, they're durable, and have a longer lever for opening and closing. It's one of those tools that I enjoy using every time because it have one job and it does it well!
Mike Haasl wrote:
The old fashioned brass ones you rotate can adjust to all kinds of good patterns and they stay on but you can't turn the flow up and down. So if the water is on full at the spigot and you want to mist a seedling, the pressure is too strong for it. Kinda like this:
So I'm not sure if there's a solution out there already or if this is a ripe opportunity.
Dre Oeschger wrote:What small garden tools have you purchased recently or have been wanting very badly? Patrick at Truly Garden is looking for more small garden tools that need to be improved so that he can grow his offerings. :)
Bobby Fallon wrote:
I would love some reasonably priced interchangeable hoes!
Finding a hand scythe is also difficult it seems. Have companies all but stopped making these?
What makes your tools better than the competitions? Or better yet, why support your business?
Just curious how much of a permit believer and practitioner you are!
Have a great day!
Patrick Freeburger wrote:Our tools are generally better than our competitors and we offer a 5 year warranty. We try to offer something extra for the same price as our competitors - sharpening stone, sheath etc.
We use as little plastic as possible in our packaging:
We support Permie kickstarters and have donated over 30 hori horis to Paul's ants.
We donate to trees.org to plant a tree for every product sold - We have planted over 40,000 trees so far.
Mike Haasl wrote:Just encountered another opportunity. Maybe this exists already though... I was harvesting cut and come again greens. To collect a salad, a small scissors works. To run a CSA, the drill powered brush/mower/bag machine works great. To harvest a pound of greens is in the middle. Kind of a pain to use the scissors and no where near a large enough job to buy the machine for.
Is there a little sickle or curved scissors or other device that would help you cut greens by the handful so you can harvest efficiently? I'm guessing before they invented the brush machine people used something. Was that the thing I should get? And if so, what was it? If that thing sucked, could Patrick invent something better?
Beats me, just throwing it out there
I have a Lee Valley "small mattock" which has the same flat blade on one end but 3 "claws" instead of the pick and I find it very handy. I admit that since I'm a wimp, I tend to have to use it standing up so I can have both hands on the handle, but their picture shows it being used one-handed. I got it's big brother after a *lot* of hassle, but I use it for getting Himalayan Blackberry roots out - if you don't get most of the root out, any bit that's left will send out new shoots 6 mnths to a year later.
Couch cushion and hand pick.
Scott Stiller wrote:Good morning Amy. I made a grass catcher out of corrugated metal. It worked ok. I may try making one out some old cloth one day.