Monday, May 11, 2009
I was going to blog about tools I use but I haven't got around to it till today. I had a very busy week and weekend. I did a lot of gardening. I have almost finished weeding and the places I have previously weeded need attention again. That is the way things go. Housework with kids around can be about the same. Get it done then do everything all over again, and again and again.
I hope by getting out there and weeding now I will have limited weeding the rest of the season. I got most of the weeds before they went to seed. I just prevented thousands of new weeds from even growing.
Here is a picture of my weeded flower bed.
Here is the before picture:
Now to tools that I use here are the three essential ones.
A spading fork, a weeder and a small shovel. I bought the spading fork and weeder from Lowe's. The small shovel I don't remember but I did make sure to find a solid looking one that seemed to be high quality. It has been a good shovel and I do remember paying a little bit more for it than the usual ones you can find. The handle is one piece and is metal except for the rubber covering over it. I use the spading fork to weed and dig up garden beds the shovel to break up dirt and dig holes to plant flowers in. Weeder is used to loosen up what spading fork wasn't able to while weeding. There is also a big shovel you can get if you plan on planting anything large like a tree or something. If you have roses I would recommend a pruner too. You will probably want ones with extendable handles they run around 50 dollars for a pruner (not needed for basic garden)
Once you got your tools if you want to kill the grass instead of digging it up get a weed and grass killer. WildFire grass and weed killer it has a blue dye which I liked so I can tell where it got sprayed. But I am unable to find it anymore. Any should do the job just fine. For one square measure 5 feet by 5 feet. The actual garden square is 4 feet by 4 feet with a 1 foot walk way all the way around. Get rid of the grass make sure it gets 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. I built my garden on the south border of my property.