Garden tools

Garden tools: the basics

You cannot think of cultivating a vegetable garden without the help of some tools. The basics are: spade, rake, hoe, wheelbarrow and watering can. These garden tools cannot be missing. There are many others, but we will see them later, for now it is enough to know that incorrect use of the tools will make you work harder than you should. Work in the garden depends on these few tools, they have always been archaic tools. Millennia ago, the peasants of ancient Rome used the hoe to plow the land, as much as they do today. Just as they used spades and wheelbarrows. The working of the land has the same origins as man. Garden tools were born then, in the mists of time. When we sink the spade into the damp earth, we do the same gestures as men and women who did them three thousand years ago.

Tools for tilling and working the land

In spring, before sowing or planting the seedlings that you have purchased from the nursery, first of all, the soil will need to be tilled. If the surface is small or your garden is prose, the tool you need is the spade. The handle must be slightly curved, so as to make less effort during digging operations. At the end of this operation you will have quite coarse clods. They must be broken, the lumps of earth must be crumbled. To do this you will use the rake. Passing it and passing it over the clods, the rake will crumble them, in doing so you will obtain a soft earth ready for sowing. In the event that, before digging, there are stumps of weeds or areas of compact earth on the ground, then you will have to use the hoe. There are two-function hoes; on the one hand the classic flat and wide part, on the other hand it has two tips, generally in the shape of a horseshoe. This tool will help you, during the season, to break the dry earth around the plants without damaging them.

Small garden tools, wheelbarrow and pitchfork

There are some small tools that are indispensable. The transplanter is one of them. It is the classic shovel, also used a lot in gardening. You will use it in many cases, to make a hole and sow the beans, or to slightly turn the soil at the base of the tomatoes, when the sun has dried and compacted the soil. You will need the drill hole to create the holes and then transplant the seedlings. Its cone-shaped tip and carrot shape allows it, pressed into the earth, to leave a real hole. It can be made of wood or plastic. The watering can you will use after the transplant. Or to spray the smaller plants. You will also need it when you give liquid fertilizers. It is used with a shower or with direct cinnamon. The wheelbarrow and the pitchfork «work» together.

Motor garden tools

When the cultivation area is not so small, it will be good to use power tools. The most sought after is the rotary tiller. This power tool speeds up work and saves a lot of effort. In addition to tilling the soil, you can use it to eliminate weeds or to till the earth. In practice it replaces the spade, the hoe and the rake. Generally on the classic V-shaped handlebar you will find all the controls. The ignition is tear-off, except in some rather expensive models where you will find a button for the electric ignition similar to that of motorcycles. Another power tool, but only for land with dimensions above one hectare, is the walking tractor. Unlike the tiller that is driven by following it on foot, the tiller is «riding» it.

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