We are often asked which garden tools we use most here on the urban homestead/farmstead. We use a practical approach to our urban farming operation. Our gardening tools are pretty low tech and simple.

Here’s what’s in our tool shed (many of which are second hand or tools we’ve had since living on our 10 acres in Flordia)

bow rakes
push mower ( no longer in use, but used when mowing the front lawn in the late 80’s and early 90’s before it was smoothered and turned into an edible landscape in 1990)

Update tool list

pitchfork (how could I forget!)

What’s your favorite garden tool.

Garden Supplies

For year’s you’ve asked for it and we are finally getting around to it – almost!

On a gardening note, very soon we’ll be offering more gardening supplies to the Peddlers Wagon. Goods that will include tools and organic growing boosters like innoculants, rock dust & mycorrhizae.

One of our produce customers, picking up her salad mix, said that although she grows her own veggies they don’t seem to have the intense flavor as our homegrown veggies. ” What’s our secret?, ” she implied. I shrugged, “it’s simple really, Farmer D insists on growing soil first.” With over 20 years of working with the soil here on this little plot healthy soil equals healthy plants. By increasing the health and minerals of the soil you are remineralizing both the soil and crops. Remineralization…. that’s a whole ‘nother post!

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  1. DAL357 says:

    “Remineralization…. that’s a whole ‘nother post!”

    Speaking for myself, and probably many others, I’d definitely love to read that post.

  2. anajz says:


    This seemed like a great place to tell you how impressed I am with the speedy delivery of my aluminum water bottles that I ordered from Peddler’s Wagon. They will be perfect for our travels this weekend. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my solar oven!

    I am very excited about the upcoming product additions to your online store.

    Thanks for all that you do. It is mind-boggling to me how you are able to get your daily chores completed, along with sharing your home with the press, and then also have time to journal. You are AMAZING!


  3. AnnaMarie says:

    Thanks for this post! I have all of that but I also do a tiny bit of hoeing and I think that’s the only thing ya’ll don’t have.

    How do you do your weeding?

  4. Marci says:

    We don’t even realize what we have lost because we don’t remember the rich flavors of real food. We are working on our soil. I hope to have a better taste that is recognized one day.

  5. Jan says:

    We also are working on our soil. With our land once being a pasture for cattle I think that has helped our table food grow so wonderufl. But now we are trying to make it more rich! Its an ongoing process but well worth it.

    On another note I seen in a above post of someone waiting the arrival of there soral oven, which I have just about saved up enough to purchase, are these on a back order?

    Thanks again for taking some time each day for posting to us and letting us learn so much from you and your family!!!

  6. Anais says:

    DAL357 – I’ve posted before about remineralization

    You can read on of many such posts on rock dust http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2005/03/11/3264/

    anajz – thanks for the positive comments and support via the Peddler’s Wagon. We appreciate your order.

    As for how we accomplish what we have so far – passion and perseverance

    AnnaMarie – good question about weeds. What are weeds? Kidding aside, after 20 years of mulching I can happily say our garden and yard is basically weed free. Sure there are a few “bad weeds” which stray into the yard but are easily plucked by hand

    Jan – You are welcome. Thanks for the kind comments. It does take effort to put together this site and posts so we appreciate your positive feedback.

    As for the solar ovens, they will be shipping out end of June.

  7. Jan says:

    Sounds great!! I will be making an order in a few days!! Thanks again for answering my questions!

  8. Chicago Mike says:

    The “remineralization” caught my attention as well, thanks for the repost.

  9. Becky L. says:

    One more favorite tool: my dibber!

    It makes planting 144 onions so much easier 🙂

  10. Janice K says:

    Good rich soil is the True Black Gold!

  11. Carla R says:

    If her lettuce (or other veggies) is lacking flavor, it may be the fertilizer she’s using. High nitrogen = faster growth. The resultant leaves hold more water which make for less intense flavor.

  12. Sinfonian says:

    Great post. I’m starting out gardening this year so I’m putting together the must-have tools and your garden shed is a perfect starting point!

    Glad I found this site. I love your videos! I’d kill for your weather, we’ve not had a spring here in Seattle and it’s almost summer.

    Curious what you use for mulch?

    Thanks for the journal! I appreciate it and will continue reading.

  13. Ginny says:

    I have several tools that were my grandfathers. I love them and use them faithfully. They have been repaired so often and will continue to be, because I can’t find a hoe or digging fork that I like better. I have looked. I keep thinking that I had better get some replacements, so that I don’t totally destroy Granddad’s, but I can’t seem to use any that are just like his that I like as well.

    In Christ,


  14. kristine says:

    if i could only have 1 tool, it would be my hori knife.

  15. Kory says:

    My rake is a favorite for bed prep. But my favorite tool is the stack of books I’ve recently amassed. A friend and fellow gardener stopped by a few days ago and marveled at the success and diversity of my garden this year as opposed to prior years.

    My soil is far from ideal (too much clay) but its getting there.

  16. Hannah says:

    I think my favourite currently is my fork. I have been using it to dig out the weeds in my new house (old garden beds. I think they were sprayed with herbicide during the sale 🙁

    One tool which is great that you can get here in oz is a compost screw. I had one, but can’t find it right now after moving. It’s a giant screw which you screw into the compost and pull up to aerate and turn the compost without having to dig and shift it all.

    I also love all my grandpa’s old tools. He has been giving many of them to me over the last couple of years, knowing that I love gardening, and they are buying into a retirement complex. Antique secateurs, forks, trowels, clamps, saws etc. Yeah

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