Tools of the Trade

I mentioned Friday that the way I had my house plants set up made my steps feel more like Italy (at least in my vivid imagination) than New England.

But to achieve the nice effect that am going for when I sit out there–or to ensure that I can relax and not pick at weeds the entire time–there’s a job that I need to do just about this time of year and I need some specific tools for that.


These are my 3 weeding and digging tools (and you can see by the edges of the photo what I will be weeding!)

I generally start with the orange-handled tool. It’s called a crack weeder and it’s really useful for getting in between the bluestone pavers that make up the walkway.

The blue handled tool was gifted to me by its manufacturer. It’s called a Cobrahead. They make it in short and long handled versions. I find it incredibly useful for weeding around plants. It works great in my heavy clay soil too.

The tan handled tool is one of my favorites for weeding larger areas and for digging smaller holes. It cuts through my clay soil like a hot knife through butter.

It’s so efficient that it must be in great demand. This is my third one. I have had 2 stolen from my garage.


And speaking of stolen, these are my pruners. I once had a lovely set of Felco pruners, but they were stolen with the first Asian hand plow. So I no longer buy expensive pruners just to have my garden tools walk away.

I have had to replace the crack weeder once as well. That too mysteriously disappeared.

It’s only the small hand tools that walk (thank goodness, I suppose) but it’s really aggravating to discover that your tool is missing when you need it.

And as for keeping the garage doors open? The Spoiler doesn’t think we have a problem. And since his tools never go missing, he’s not likely to shut them any time soon.

So I will be keeping my Asian hand plow in the house so that I know where to find it when I need it.

2 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade

  1. tonytomeo June 15, 2020 / 11:35 am

    In 1985, my Pa gave me pruning shears for my high school graduation. They were quite a status symbol through college, because they were some of the last to be made in the original factory in Southern California. They were retired just a few years ago, just because I did not want any one else borrowing them from work, and not returning them. They are Corona shears.

  2. gardendaze June 15, 2020 / 11:52 am

    We definitely get attached to our tools! For me, the Felcos were so wonderful because they fit my hands (I have a rather small hand) but even more so because I bought them when I was working in retail gardening, where I was working.

    That garden center is now a housing development so there’s no chance to go back to replace them. I treasure things that I have from that time–but of course, the memories are the best, anyway!

    I love your story!


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