In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m cheap. Sometimes, that trait serves me well, and other times, it’s just a big pain.
For example: For several years, I could not bring myself to spend the money for a galvanized watering can. I tried, but I just couldn’t do it. And almost every year, I wound up buying a new cheap plastic one because the old one would get brittle and crack from being left out in the sun, or the plastic sprinkler spout would get lost. I could have bought a sturdy, one-time purchase watering can for what I’ve wasted on cheap plastic ones over the years. So this year, I finally did what I should have done to start with. I bought a galvanized watering can.
It gets better though. I’ve had my eye on a garden cultivator for a couple of years. I really wanted one, but I did not want to spend the money for it. When I finally talked myself into buying one last summer, they were out of stock for the season. I don’t need to tell you that the weeds got away from me, do I?
So, I did it again. I bit the bullet and spent the whopping $19 (you thought it was going to be a big-ticket item with the amount of waffling I did, didn’t you?) and brought it home.
I love it! It is almost effortless to loosen up the soil in my flower beds (though I do not entertain any delusions about this being a sod-busting tool). Much easier on my knees than crawling around with a hand cultivator, and easier on my back than a shovel or potato fork. Bonus: It winds up bindweed like spaghetti on a fork and makes it so much easier to pull up. It also twists the small, excess hollyhocks right out of the ground.
There are a few additional things I love about it:
*It requires no electricity or fuel which means that it is perfect for my careless ways. I don’t have to remember to empty the fuel tank at the end of the season, or put away an extension cord, or try to remember what I did with the extension cord…
*It doesn’t require me to wait around for The Husband to tinker with the rototiller (when I actually feel motivated to get something done, I Just. Can’t. Stand. waiting on someone else to get to work.)
*I won’t have to worry about The Husband destroying my flowers (the man seriously can’t tell the difference between bindweed and Clematis, and a rototiller is not a precision gardening instrument) or the asparagus bed (he forgot I planted anything in that spot, and mowed right over the top of it) because the weeds got out of hand.
I am more than a little disgusted that I didn’t buy this thing sooner. I could have saved myself a whole lot more than $19 in blisters, lost crops and time. But I think I’ll just enjoy the new hope for my garden rather than dwell on that.
What is your favorite tool in the garden?