Walk around a big garden centre or DIY superstore in spring and you will be confronted by a huge variety of gardening tools and equipment. You can actually be excused for thinking that the amount of different types of gardening tools have to have increased lately – but you in fact you would be wrong. In a text book written over 300 years ago there is a list of well over a hundred tools for the keen gardener, and Victorian catalogues offered hundreds of different types of hoes, forks, spades etc.
The fundamental armoury has declined, but the average cost and complexity have greatly increased. There is also a large number of different brands of every item, which means you have to choose with great care. A widely known name on the handle can be a safeguard, but it may also mean a larger price. With tools you nearly always get what you pay for (but not always), so it is wise to avoid low-priced offers of unknown origin for tools which you intend to use continuously. Stainless-steel definitely looks appealing, but ordinary steel is much cheaper and is quite satisfactory if cared for properly.
Your first job is to decide which kind of tool or tools you propose to buy. Having the right equipment for gardening will always make the job a lot easier. For the elderly and the handicapped choosing wisely is even more important, it sometimes means the difference between having the ability to do a task or not.
Now you know very well what to look for, you need to select a suitable example from your supplier. By all means be guided by the maker’s name, the shopkeeper’s advice and the manufacturer’s advertising campaign, but for a lot of tools it will be necessary for you to ensure that the item suits the user. With spades, forks, hoes, secateurs and so on you must see that both the weight and balance are appropriate. A spade which is ‘right’ for a powerful youth would be quite wrong for a medium sized elderly lady or gentleman.
For the keen gardener with money to spare, the most difficult task will be to determine just the number of tools to buy. Underneath is a general basic list for a medium sized garden, but the exact list which would be right for you is something that only you can determine. However, any item on the basic list below which you fail to buy will undoubtedly increase the chore of gardening.
What people should buy.
Spade, Fork, Hoe, Rake, Trowel, Lawn Mower, Watering can. Plus, Secateurs if roses and/or shrubs are grown. Shears, if hedges are grown. Sprayer, if roses,vegetables and/or fruit is grown. Hose pipe, if the lawn is feature. Lawn edger, also for the lawn. Garden line, if vegetables are grown. Gloves, if prickly plants are grown. Wheelbarrow, if plants or manure have to be moved. Motor mower, if the lawn is over 70 sq. yards.
What people do buy.
Spade, Fork, Rake, Trowel, Mower, Secateurs.
Hoe, Watering can, Shears, Hose pipe, Fork, Mower.
Wheel barrow, Sprayer, Gardening gloves, Lawn edger, Sprinkler.
Power tools, Roller, Cloches, Lawn spreader, Long-handled pruner.
I have been involved with the Do-It-Yourself and Gardening industry for over 30 years. So I think now is the time to spread the word a bit about Contractors within the companies operating in the UK.
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Title: Steckler’s seeds : 1907
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: J. Steckler Seed Co Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection
Subjects: Seed industry and trade Catalogs Seeds Catalogs Flowers Seeds Catalogs Garden tools Catalogs Vegetables Seeds Catalogs
Publisher: New Orleans, La. : Steckler
Contributing Library: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Digitizing Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
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l in our climate wehave concluded to add them to our list ofFlower seeds, considering them a good ac-quisition to our already large collection. Sowin boxes or flower pots from November toMarch. If sown in November they must bekept in a cold frame over winter. Price, perpackage, 10 cents. Celosia cristata. Dwarf Cocks Comb.Well-known class of flowers which are veryornamental, producing large head of crimsonand yellow flowers; one to two feel high.Sow from February till August. Cheiranthus Cheiri. Wall Flower. Thisflower is highly esteemed in some parts ofEurope, produces large spikes of double flow-ers which are very fragrant. Two feet high.November till March. Campanula Speculum. Bell Flower,or Venus Looking Glass. Free floweringplants of different colors, from white todark blue; one foot high. Sow Decembertill March. Centaurea cyanus. Bottle Pink. Ahardy annual of easy culture; of variouscolors; two feet high. Poultry Supplies of all Kinds. 110 J. STECKLER SEED CO., LTD., ALMANAC AND
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Cosmos Bipinnata Hybrida. Centaurea suavolens. Yellow, SweetSultan. December till April. Cineraria hybrida. A beautiful greenhouse plant. Seed should be sown in Octo-ber or November, in flower pots and theywill flower in spring. Must be kept in agreen house. Per package, 25 cents. . Cineraria Maritima. A handsome borderplant, which is cultivated on account of itssilvery white leaves. Stands our summer well. Coleus. A well known and beautiful bed-ding plant which can be easily propagated byseeds which produce different shades of col-ored plants. Cyclamen Persicum. Alpine Violet. Agreen-house plant with tuberous or ratherbulbous roots, blooming abundantly, beingpossessed of very ornamental foliage and ofeasy culture, it should not be missing in any
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