Heirloom gardening is one of the most treasured practices many families take pride in. There’s an incomparable joy that comes with planting and harvesting old-time varieties. That’s why we continuously urge everyone to make the switch.
If you are getting into heirloom gardening, then first off: Congratulations! Now, what you need the right tools to get started. Here’s a list of the essentials you must have in with you.
Depending on where you live and what season you’ll start gardening, frost can be a pain. If you start gardening outdoors with harsh elements involved, then it will be a struggle growing anything.
Propagation containers, otherwise known as cell trays are perfect for indoor gardening. These seed starter pots allow your heirloom seeds to undergo the starting phase of the growing process undisturbed by outdoor factors. No need to obsess about whether you should get a pot or plastic kind. Both work equally well.
Forged digging fork
Many might tell you that a good old basic tiller should do the work. However, experienced heirloom gardeners will tell you that tilling actually destroys the soil’s ecology and structure. It’s like letting a soil get beaten up in a blender, killing all the organisms inside it that are necessary for fruitful growing.
What we recommend instead is a forged-steel garden fork. It’s much stronger for soil preparation and blending. Furthermore, it lasts for many years and gives respect to the integrity of the soil. It might be more costly than others but it’s an investment that will last you a long time.
One more basic essential of heirloom gardening is a trusty pair of scissors. Depends on what you’re going to use it for, a regular pair of kitchen scissors should be good enough to do most of the work such as harvesting small produce, deadheading flowers and snipping as well as cutting strings.
Once you do end up harvesting larger produce, it’s best to use heavy-duty scissors with plastic-coated handles. They’re convenient and comfortable to use and does the job very well.
Much like a good pair of gardening scissors, a soil knife is essential to fruitful heirloom gardening. There are all kinds of gardening scissors out there. However, our top pick is hands down the Hori Hori knife.
It’s a Japanese tool made of stainless steel concave blade that comes with sharp and serrated blades on either side. It’s perfect for cutting roots, slicing through sods, weeding, dividing and just about every kind of gardening activity. It’s quite a sharp tool to have. So try not be negligent in using and storing it.
Another heirloom gardening tool are rakes. They come in a wide variety, each serving a certain purpose. Hard rakes are perfect to move around mulch and leaves. They are also perfect for smoothing out the soil once you’ve planted your seeds.
If you’re about to go through tight and small spaces underneath, a shrub rake should do the trick while big fan rakes also reliable leaf-shooing tools in the farm.
Many gardeners would tell you that shovels serve various purposes. The key is to find the best one for each job. This way, you’re going through rocks and soils efficiently. Plus, you preserve the integrity of the soil in the process.
The Sharpshooter shovel is one of the best. It’s got a curved, long narrow blade that makes it easy to dig deeper holes. It’s also a more efficient choice than the traditional shovel because it deals with occasional rocks better. Another shovel you should consider using is a Kombi shovel. It lets you cut through roots in otherwise compacted soil with ease and precision.
It’s going to be hard transporting soil in a small pot and container, especially if you’re bound to deal with a hefty amount of it. No efficient heirloom gardener should be without a wheelbarrow.
Apart from making it easy to transport soil, it also lets you collect and clean out pesky debris that make your soil look unattractive until you dispose of them.
Japanese weeding sickle
Don’t get us wrong. We like hoes just as much as the next gardener. However, when we discovered the Japanese weeding sickle, we never looked back. It’s arguably the best weeding tool because it cuts the weed sharply and cleanly. It’s almost effortless when you pull it towards you.
As you can see, we do have an affinity towards Japanese-made gardening tools. What’s more is their blades last us a very long time.
Sometimes, you encounter limbs that are far too thick and sturdy for a basic blade to cut through. That’s why it’s best to invest on saws as early as now. There are tons of it available in the market. Some prefer a bow saw to prune while others go for portable folding saws because they’re easy to carry around. Others also use pull-to-cut saws for woody produce.
The bottom line is to find the right saw that will best accommodate your needs. When you have the right blades in your toolkit, you most likely won’t need any more loopers.
Water hoses and wands
Now that we’re done getting you organized with cutting, transporting and planting, it’s time to have a tool to nourish your budding heirloom produce. You must have water hoses and wands in your shed so your garden gets the H2O supply it deserves.
Water wands are convenient to use. They let you get into the nuts and crannies of your garden. However, water hoses are great when you need to cover more ground at a shorter time. The key here is to not drown your produce in too much water; just the right amount to make them happy.
The sun can be particularly hot during other gardening days. It’s best to always wear a hat and protective clothing so you don’t burn your skin. Furthermore, a pair of garden gloves will protect your hands from the hard work every time.