If I had to limit myself to just a few gardening tools, these would be the ones. The spade was given to me by my mother-in-law and is probably my oldest and dearest garden tool. I use it for edging, weeding, and digging. I frequently sharpen it with a whet stone. For pruning I use three tools: a Felco #2 pruner, a long-blade fruit pruner, and a bypass lopper. The weeder, trowel, garden gloves (which I don’t use often enough, as my short nails and rough knuckles attest to), watering can, rake and broom nearly complete the list. Finally, my beat-up old wheelbarrow rarely spends a gardening day in the garage.
Two other tools are nearly indispensible: a small plastic children’s snow shovel for cleaning up, and a two-wheeled hand truck for moving large pots. What are your favorite garden tools?