This summer has been great. I splurged on hiring a Master Gardener to help me with my gardens. My husband said that all his friends are jealous that this pretty, young yoga instructor is weeding, deadheading, splitting, pruning, and killing J beetles. And best of all he doesn't have to do anything but get rid of all of our piles (weeds and whatnot).
So anyway, I want to give her something fun at the end of the summer for all that she's done for me. She really likes one of my favorite garden tools, so I'd like to get one for her. I bought the tool from Smith & Hawkens 5 or 6 years ago.
Does anyone know where I might purchase another of these? (see photo)
I was at K&A Greenhouse, Bruce Co., Johannsens, Menards, and Home Depot today - no luck. Online I've checked Gardener's Supply, Whiteflower Farms, Bluestem, Jackson Perkins, and Kehlms. I tried searching on DG, but without a name for the tool that didn't go well.
I think it's a type of Japanese weeding tool. Try Smith & Hawkins.com to see if they still carry it. I have one too, that I think I bought at S&H years ago. The nearest store (Indianapolis) is closing (sob!), and they didn't have any tools left when I was there a week ago. Good luck.
Found out that Smith & Hawkins was owned by Scott Miracle Grow and that the parent company "pulled the plug" in a down economy in July 2009. According to the article that I googled, there was a huge sale in July 2009 to clean out "the Pottery Barn for gardeners." I'm very upset I missed that sale!
However you challenged me that this might be simpler than I imagined so I've been googling tonight and found cool stores. If you are a tool-nut too, check out. www.theintimategardener.com / www.mastergardening.com / and the best of all www.redpigtools.com
I learned this tool is a Dutch Hand Hoe and now that I've found it at Red Pig, I can actually afford to give this wonderful woman a couple tools along with a thank you check.
You are looking for a nejiri gama hoe. Tried to figure out how to post a link to my thread, ...too early without enough coffee yet. It is on the PNW Gardening forum and titled "garden tools and tricks I can't live without."
If you search online you should be able to find some sources. Let me know if you have success.
I can't tell what it is by your picture you posted, but check online at Leevalleytools.com or request their catalog. They seemed to be a little pricey but there are several gardeners on this and Garden web that swear by them. They have a lot of things I haven't seen in stores like Lowes or Home Depot. Sometimes you can find an old hardware that has unusual things. What about an Ace hardware store? Do you have one near you?
Check online..gooble the name of the tool and you'd be surprize how many sources you might find.