Plan to invest in a set of good hardworking garden tools that you can rely on each season. Keep them organized on hooks in your garage or better yet, build a toolshed to keep them clean and away from weather. Good garden tools make your job easier and will last for generations.
Garden Centers are like kitchen stores, to a cook who loves to garden: full of temptation! It’s fun to shop, but they offer many more tools and gadgets than you actually need to get the job done. Some make look tempting and offer time saving techniques, but in the end they will only create clutter in your toolshed.
Here are garden tools you’ll find in my garden shed:
Garden spade | Garden fork | Edging tool | Rake | Scuffle hoe ( in two sizes) Trowel and hand tools | Long handled hoe | Dibble | Large ball of untreated twine & Scissors | Pruning Shears | Bamboo Poles | Watering Can | Plastic Tarps | Seed Starting Trays | Wooden Stakes | Harvest Baskets | Texas Tomato Cages
One garden tool I keep outside my shed are honeybees. For years I watched honeybees from a distance until I became a “new-bee” beekeeper, and found a beekeeping neighbor, Maddie, who became my mentor. The benefits go far beyond delicious honey. On sunny days I stand close to the hive and watch the bees fly in and out, flapping their wings and spinning to indicate to other nectar gatherers how far away and in which direction a plentiful source of pollen or nectar is located.
Attracting beneficial pollinators, which include moths, wasps, butterflies, birds and toad, as well as honeybees, to your garden creates diversity and pollinates the garden. I am amazed at how much more productive my garden has become. Build a healthy ecosystem for your garden, and as well as a garden shed for your garden tools, and then sit back and enjoy the vitality that results