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Gardenwares

Vintage tools. Vintage tools.

Do you have (or make!) a favorite tool, container, book, material, kitchen item, or garden art? Let us know! Are there gardenwares you wish existed but can't seem to find? Tell us! We're looking for the most useful, practical, and beautiful gardenwares to add to our website for you. As we find new products they will be added to the (coming soon) Gardenwares section of seedlibrary.org.

So far we have handcrafted cutting boards from local woodworker (and our amazing farm intern) Rustic Stu, antique seed packets from early 1900s New York seed companies, and our very own handmade Gardener's Soap with a Seedy Side will be added in July. Archival prints of some of the original Pack Art is on the way too. You can post suggestions in the comments to this blog post or join the discussion on Facebook.

5 thoughts on “Gardenwares”

  • anne dailey

    We use the ho-mi, a small hand plow that is amazing for creating furrows, digging holes, weeding, etc. There are lots of different styles. At the farm I work at we use some from johnnys, but i just purchased a hand-forged version from Red Pig Tools in Oregon. It's just about the only tool I need! Red Pig is the best hand-forged tool company i've found.

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  • ken

    Thanks Anne. I also like many of the Asian tools. The ho-mi is on my short list of possibilities and I LOVE my squid hoe. Red Pig looks great. Think there is anyone in NY making hand-forged tools?

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  • Marisa

    Moon Sign books! Gardening by the moon makes such a difference for me!
    Oh- and any tools that are all metal and any colours. I have a set of blue steel trowels that are great, and don't get lost due to the bright colour. I can't stand hunting around in the garden for misplaced worn, wooden handled tools. In the seed category, and thoughts on seeds for sprouting, especially broccoli??
    Thanks!

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  • Naseer @ Green Thumb Geeks

    I really like our post banger. Before I knew this tool existed (sold right near the U-posts at our local big box stores for about $25), I spent hours trying to hammer U-posts into ground with a mallet and ended up with a very sore arm. These days I can put a post in in 30 seconds, and with no soreness after. It's come in incredibly handy in building my garden fence (U-posts), staking my tomatoes (2x2's), and building pea trellises (again 2x2's).

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  • Anasha

    hula hoes are great for weeding, especially when they are nice and sharp. Similarly, a sharp trencher spade with a short handle is great for all sorts of things (lets you dig holes and beds easily and you can use it to cut right through any roots in the way), and a good Hori-Hori tops it off. As for tool suppliers, I have been looking at http://www.garrettwade.com for high quality tools but they look pretty pricy I have also heard that Johnny's has some good picks but it would be awesome if you could find someone local!

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