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I'm giving my shed a good clear out, keeping only the bare minimum of tools - one border spade and fork, trowel, hand fork, rake and secateurs. There are so many other tools which I find unnecessary in my tiny garden. Which tools could you not live without, and why?



  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Oh, secateurs, Kate.  There always seems to be something needing pruned back from the paths in my garden.  Otherwise i woud be getting scratched or poked in the eye frequently.  And an old dinner fork for weeding in my pots.  The broken end of an old spade handle I also find useful for holes for potatoes or leek planting or planting bulbs.  But when my small fork and trowel were lifted from the garden recently I could not wait to beg, borrow "not steal" them from friends and neighbours.  Luckily I was fortunate to replace them by winning a competition which had a bag of tools as part of the prize. I soon found out when they disappeared that "the workman is only as good as his tools"

  • Jacqui3Jacqui3 Posts: 3

    A Dutch hoe is a great tool for the garden. I use it to cut down annual weeds between my plants. It's also good in small areas to even up the soil level. It saves on bending down!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,818

    Secateurs, loppers, pruning saw and Wolf tool system with handles in varying lengths and heads for hoeing, cultivating and raking that fit all. Easy to store on a board with suitable pegs and screws for hanging them.  Then I'd add a long handled spade and fork, preferably stainless steel, plus two trowels, an old dinner fork for pricking out and a set of watering cans, hose pipes and connectors plus assorted buckets for holding plants when I'm lifting and dividing and transplanting.   Add a plank for standing on to work in the raised veggie beds, a kneeling pad for close working, a supply of canes and hazel sticks for supports and an old bread knife for cutting up clumps of perennials plus a lawn mower and cloches.

    Quite a lot really.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    All of those mentioned plus I would add - a good man is a necessity on occasions, preferably one who does not have a bad back.  I couldn't do without him and fortunately he is not a tool.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Kate I throw nothing away so have tools that belonged to my father the best of which is a very long handled Dutch hoe. It reaches well into the beds and is lovely to lean on at times, my first job on going into the garden is get the hoe and wander round it also helps break up the soil. There are trowels for all seasons but they come in handy to lay hands on in a hurry. I usually look for my Secateurs in the compost having put them down after reducing sticks to sawdust. The best tool as I get older is the electric hedge cutter, having several free standing bushes that need to be kept in check, they also come in handy for running over bushy roses or climbers that attack me what ever protection I wear, I have found no difference in fresh growth whether I prune by the book or run the hedge trimmer over them. Finally a very good kneeling stool, at the end of the day I need prise myself up with the long handles, it comes to us all.


  • A petrol-engined leaf-blower is essential to me. At the other end of the scale I find a good quality small pointing trowel is great for intricate weeding.


  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Hand fork, trowel, secateurs, Japanese onion hoe, and a mini crowbar are the tools I use most. Have a border fork and spade too, but my soil is very light and free draining. The mini crowbar is great for levering clumps of crocosmia out of my dry stone walls, and weeding cobbles. But the most life- enhancing is a pair of Velcro strapped knee protectors. I always found kneeling pads a bit of a hassle. Mind you, the knee protectors are so comfy that it's easy to forget you're wearing them, and I have found myself downtown with them on. Whoops!
  • Paul NPaul N Posts: 303

    My Spork, my two pairs of Felco secateurs and my stainless steel garden fork and spade. Mind you the shaft of the spade has broken twice in the last ten years which Spear & Jackson have replaced under it's lifetime guarantee (The latest replacement has only a ten year guarantee).

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Well, as you can see, my avatar is a hand-mower.

    The one shown is a Qualcast Panther. Towards the end of last year I decided to upgrade to a high-tech silent Brill. Which is, as it says on the box - absolutely brill. I love my Brill.

    Next most useful tool for me is a lightweight battery-powered strimmer.

    And I couldn't live without a camera.

  • BriBri Posts: 13

    Felco 2 secateurs, had them since 1974ish and they are still going strong. Next is the wife, she cuts all the grass.image

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