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Garden Gadgets And Accessories That Make Life Easier

Gardening Made Fun (And Easier)

I’ll admit it – I used to dread gardening. The endless weeding, the aching back from bending over, the constant battle against stubborn weeds and pests. It all just felt like such a chore. That was, until I discovered the magic of gardening gadgets and accessories. These little tools and trinkets have completely transformed my relationship with gardening, turning it from a necessary evil into a genuinely enjoyable hobby.

The Unifork: My Gardening Soulmate

Let’s start with the Unifork – quite possibly the single most valuable item in my gardening arsenal. This ingenious tool is part garden fork, part shovel, with a long handle and a D-shaped grip. I’ve been using the same one since 2007, and it’s still going strong, despite being left outside 24/7. The Unifork makes any garden task less taxing and more fun. Whether I’m turning compost, scooping mulch, or just puttering around, this trusty friend is always by my side. In fact, I loved it so much that I bought a second one, just so I’d have one nearby no matter where I’m working.

As the Joe Gardener podcast host says, “I look forward to using it. Whenever I have an opportunity, it makes me smile.” That’s the kind of relationship I want with my gardening tools – one built on genuine affection and excitement, not just necessity.

The Soil Knife: A Gardener’s Best Friend

Next up, the stainless steel soil knife. This little blade is like a hori-hori knife, but with a few key improvements. The plastic handle is more ergonomic than the traditional wooden one, and the bright orange color makes it virtually impossible to lose in the garden. I keep mine in a sheath on my hip, so it’s always within reach when I need it.

As the podcast host notes, the soil knife is a must-have, especially when paired with a pruner in a dual sheath. Having both tools readily available saves so much time and frustration. No more frantic searching through the garden beds when you need to make a quick snip or slice.

Pruners and Saws: Essential for Bigger Jobs

Of course, pruners and saws are essential for any gardener. Pruners will handle the small stuff, but when you need to tackle larger branches, that’s where the folding pruning saw comes in handy. I like the Corona Tools 10-Inch RazorTOOTH – it’s compact, convenient, and surprisingly affordable. The saw folds neatly into the handle, so I can clip it onto my belt and have it ready to go at a moment’s notice.

As an alternative to the pruning saw, loppers are another great option. Depending on the model, they can handle branches up to 2 or even 3 inches in diameter. But for anything bigger than that, you’ll still need to break out the saw.

The Diamond Hoe: Weeding Made Effortless

Now, let’s talk about weeding – the bane of every gardener’s existence. Or at least, it used to be for me. That is, until I discovered the diamond hoe (also known as a scuffle hoe or winged weeder). This stainless steel tool with its long, 60-inch handle and sharp, diamond-shaped blade makes quick work of surface-rooted weeds.

As the podcast host puts it, “The diamond hoe is the best weeding tool I have ever used, bar none.” The long handle means I can weed standing up, without all that back-breaking bending. And the unique blade shape slices through those pesky weeds like butter. Sure, it won’t tackle deep tap-roots, but for the majority of the weeds I encounter, this tool is an absolute game-changer.

Kink-Free Hoses and Trusty Tubs

No garden is complete without a good hose, and I’ve finally found the one that checks all the boxes – the Water Right hose. It doesn’t kink, it’s not too heavy, and it coils up easily, even after being left out in the elements 24/7. Plus, it comes in some really cool earthy colors, like eggplant and mocha. No more drab green or boring black hoses for me!

And speaking of trusty garden companions, I can’t forget my beloved tubtrugs (or Gorilla Tubs, as they’re now known). These lightweight, flexible plastic tubs with handles are practically indestructible. I’ve been using them for years to haul everything from compost to mulch, and they’re a lifesaver when it comes to mixing and diluting organic liquid fertilizers. They come in a variety of vibrant colors, so I can color-coordinate with the rest of my garden gear. #Aesthetic

Outsmarting the Squirrels

One of the biggest frustrations in my gardening journey has been the constant battle with squirrels. Those little thieves always seem to find a way to raid my bird feeders and make off with all the good stuff. That is, until I discovered the Squirrel Buster Plus feeder.

This ingenious design has a solid plastic tube with dedicated ports at the bottom, instead of all those little openings that let seed spill out. The weight of a squirrel causes the ports to close, keeping the birdseed safe and secure. No more weekly trips to the store to restock – this feeder has dramatically reduced my seed consumption. Plus, it’s easy to fill and maintain, and the birds love it just as much as I do.

Seed Starting Made Easy

As much as I enjoy getting my hands dirty in the garden, I have to admit that seed starting can be a bit of a challenge. That is, until I discovered Winstrip air prune trays. These clever trays mimic the air-pruning effect of soil blockers, but in a more user-friendly format.

The design features air gaps between each cell, which allows for amazing root development and faster growth. I’ve been amazed at the difference these trays have made in my seedling quality and vigor. No more rootbound, struggling plants – just big, healthy roots and vibrant foliage. And bonus, they’re reusable, so I don’t have to worry about constantly buying new plastic trays.

Protecting My Arms (And My Sanity)

As much as I love gardening, there are times when it can be a real battle zone. Thorny roses, scratchy okra plants, and sun-scorched skin – it’s enough to make even the most dedicated gardener want to throw in the trowel. That’s why I’m so grateful for Farmers Defense sleeves.

These lightweight, durable sleeves provide SPF 50 UV protection, plus a physical barrier against scratches and scrapes. I have a whole collection of them, in fun patterns and solid colors, to match my mood and the task at hand. Whether I’m pruning roses or harvesting okra, I can work with confidence, knowing my arms are safe and sound. And even on days when I’m not tackling anything thorny, the sleeves still come in handy, keeping my arms cooler than bare skin in the hot summer sun.

Wintertime Reads for the Gardener’s Soul

As much as I love being out in the garden, there’s something to be said for cozying up inside with a good book during the colder months. And the podcast host has some fantastic recommendations to nourish the gardener’s mind and soul.

First up, “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer – a powerful exploration of the reverence that Native Americans (and our ancestors) had for nature and the gifts of the earth. It’s a beautifully written celebration of respect, gratitude, and the deep connection between people and the natural world.

Next, “Growing Season” by Margaret Roach – a lyrical, journal-like chronicle of the author’s observations and insights as she experiences the changing seasons in her own garden. As the podcast host notes, Roach is a master communicator, with a deep appreciation for the rhythms of nature.

Finally, “What We Sow” by Jennifer Jewell – a journey through the significance of seeds, past and present. Jewell weaves together surprising history, botanical wonder, and personal reflection in a way that is both informative and delightful to read.

The Joy of Gardening, Amplified

When I first started gardening, it felt like a chore, a never-ending battle against weeds and pests. But with the right tools and accessories, I’ve been able to transform that experience into something genuinely enjoyable. From the Unifork that makes every task a little bit easier, to the Squirrel Buster feeder that keeps my feathered friends well-fed, these little gadgets and gizmos have completely changed the way I garden.

And when I’m not out there getting my hands dirty, I can curl up with a good book and let my mind wander through the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Gardening is no longer just a means to an end – it’s a fulfilling hobby that nourishes my body, mind, and soul.

So if you’re a fellow gardener looking to make your life a little bit easier (and a lot more fun), I highly recommend checking out some of these must-have tools and accessories. And if you’re just getting started on your gardening journey, Today’s Gardens is a great resource to help you get your hands in the dirt and your heart in the garden. Happy planting!

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