Quotes: Tools

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Tools of many kinds and well chosen, are one of the joys of a garden.

- L.H. Bailey, in The Gardener -  
see What's Coming Up #76  

Getting together to clean and sharpen tools is also a chance to compare different styles and types of tool.

Getting together to clean and sharpen tools is also a chance to compare different styles and types of tool.

A skilled workman may be able to make poor tools do a good job but he would never consider purchasing such, because no one so well as he knows the satisfaction and possibilities of owning and using the best.

- from The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, editor E.L.D. Seymour, 1936 -
see What's Coming Up #90

Some tools are ancient, some surprisingly modern. In museums we see Roman spades of heavy iron and wooden, iron-edged medieval spades along with many forks and hoes. Yet the one-wheeled barrow was not around until the 1300's and the trowel not for another 300 years.

- Dr. D.G. Hessayon, The Bedside Book of the Garden, 1988 -

30 years ago we retired that too-small wheelbarrow with its hard rubber tire. She rescued it from the curb. Who are we to say it's not a worthy tool?!

30 years ago we retired that too-small wheelbarrow with its hard rubber tire. She rescued it from the curb. Who are we to say it's not a worthy tool?!

"Your wheelbarrow needs oil, it squeaks!" "I know. Let it be. It drowns out the creaking of my joints."

- Steven Nikkila -
see What's Coming Up #68

A colorful handle on a tool does nothing for me. Once it drops into that jungle out there, unless it's absolutely huge, it's gone until fall.

- Janet Macunovich -

A good tool will... wear out rather than "give out."

- from The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, editor E.L.D. Seymour, 1936 -
see What's Coming Up #130

Insert fork, bounce to loosen soil, meanwhile pulling weed roots. Reward: Lots of weed roots out but desirable plants' roots little disturbed.

Insert fork, bounce to loosen soil, meanwhile pulling weed roots. Reward: Lots of weed roots out but desirable plants' roots little disturbed.

A digging fork is a stout, short-handled tool with four flat tines about a foot long.... for weeding I use it delicately to nudge the soil loose from roots without breaking them...

- Sara Stein, My Weeds: A Gardener's Botany, 1988 -

There is great satisfaction in a well-made clean tool that does its work well.

- L.H. Bailey, in The Gardener -
see What's Coming Up #128

I don't rely on muscle power to dig, I use a sharp spade and I wear boots.

- Janet Macunovich -
see Growing Concerns #760