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5 Cool Tools to Make Gardening Easier

Your organic garden toolkit isn’t complete until you’ve added these lesser-known essentials.

By Megan O’Neill


RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Every gardener worth his or her salt has a stable of essential tools. Spade? Check. Rake? Check. Pruning shears? Check. Clove Oil? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need the stuff (especially if your garden is overrun with poison ivy). While the following five tools—most of which are favorites of the staff at Organic Gardening magazine—might not top your list of basics, they all deserve a place on even the beginning gardener’s belt. Best of all, they’re each especially handy for striving organic gardeners and anyone aiming to keep as many chemicals out of their yard as possible.

# 1: Hula hoe.

Also known as a stirrup hoe, this tool makes weeding a little less of a chore. The stirrup-shaped blade swivels back and forth like the hips of a hula dancer (hence the name), slicing weed roots below the soil line. Because it’s a long-handled tool, you can cut out weeds while standing, which is a huge back saver. And the blade oscillates back and forth, so it works both when you pull it toward you and when you push it away, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces between plants and along the edge of flower beds. When the blade starts to dull, just pop it off and replace it with a new one.

Published on: June 5, 2009
Updated on: May 21, 2011

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I spend a lot of time in my garden, but the efforts are not in vain, it is the most beautiful garden from my neighborhood. I use some of these tools, the stirrup hoe is an instruments every gardener should have. Recently I bought some Flower Seeds , planted them and now I am waiting to see how they will grow, I am very inpatient with that, it seems that time is passing too slow..

Oh your garden tools

Oh your garden tools are second to your plants. They in fact can become part of the entire design as I like nothing more than seeing my tools hanging in or near my garden.


The Hula Hoe, has always

The Hula Hoe, has always been the ideal choice when it came to gardening, I must say! There are other tools, in which some resembles Hila Hoe and some with additional features with respect to Hula Hoe as well. However, one thing we can see is that the ease which it offers is simply unparalleled! The main feature is that it protects the lower back as we do not need to bend ourselves which thereby ensures our health as well! Plant Containers


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