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Voting Booth: What garden tools are you planning on replacing in the coming year?

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dave

December 7, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #7344010

There are a total of 237 votes:


I need a new lawnmower, leaf blower or weed eater.
(18 votes, 7%)
Red dot


A new tractor or tiller is in my future.
(9 votes, 3%)
Red dot


I need new hand tools such as pruners, rakes, shovels and hoes.
(49 votes, 20%)
Red dot


I need golves, boots, clogs or a hat.
(28 votes, 11%)
Red dot


I need new knees, elbows, back or neck!
(133 votes, 56%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

Artwestallis
Milwaukee, WI

December 7, 2009
10:40 AM

Post #7344029

wow number one Last yer my lawnmoer went so I bought a battery powered one and love it. This year buying cordless battery powered trimmer. But really need a blower.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #7344058

I definitely need golves . . . where can I get some?!? ;-)
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

December 7, 2009
11:38 AM

Post #7344078

I need shovels and hoes and rakes. Hubby can break a shovel/hoe/rake handle in no time...went through 4 of them this past summer. Don't ask me how he does it, Mom and myself used the same shovel for 15 years before he came along...

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #7344209

The tools are all fine, cleaned and sharpened and waiting for spring...but, the knees are certainly glad for the break.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 7, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #7344359

I'm with the majority at the moment...all my tools are fine, need new body parts!
bjf826
panhandle, FL
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #7344399

LOL! Where's "All of the above" when you need it?? I chose gloves, etc., because I'll go through several pairs before the season ends.

Barb

Edit typo

This message was edited Dec 7, 2009 8:29 AM
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #7344414

I guess I can't vote, lol
I need a new wheel barrow soon I am afraid, I am waiting on mine to pass over to the other side and begin it's new life in the land fill :(

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 7, 2009
2:58 PM

Post #7344517

I just got my Christmas tools!! Bought two Cobra's the small hand and the 48". Just need time to get out and try them now. Just had a few nights of freezing weather and everything is dead and needs cut back. Playing in the dirt will have to wait.
patientgardener
Bridgeville, PA

December 7, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #7344556

Frilly Lily, I don't have a wheelbarrow, but I want to ask somebody --- and you might know. Is it okay to use a small seed spreader like a wheelbarrow?? A certain family member won't let me do that. Why???
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #7344602

because he doesn't want you to use it LOL
I have no idea. It wouldn't hold much.
What are you going to carry in it? Maybe an apron would work for you or simply a small bucket?
or even some kind of plastic 'tote' or tool box
I got a neat tub thingy... sheesh I'll go take a pic for you...
Could toss in your camera, journal, drink, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves and a trowel or some bulbs, ect ect.
has a handle of course as you can see, and is about 18 inches long and a foot wide or something like that. Got it recently at Lowes.

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 7, 2009
3:40 PM

Post #7344636

I voted for hand tools cuz I need a new knife to divide my dahlias. Other than that I'm good to go, although sharpening is definitely in order.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2009
3:51 PM

Post #7344664

I could have voted for them all but had to click on the last one ... I need a new back! My DH had a friend who used to say "Getting old ain't for sissy's!"

FrillyLily: Don't send that old wheelbarrow to the landfill! Sit it in the garden, fill it with compost and plant some beautiful annuals! My husband has an old rusty wheelbarrow that I've been trying to confiscate for years but he keeps repairing the handles, replacing the tires ... I might buy him a new one for Christmas so I can have the old one for flowers!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2009
3:52 PM

Post #7344667

I picked up some old knives at a yard sale, they worked great for yard work, without much money.
They dull up pretty quick anyway in the yard. l
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2009
3:54 PM

Post #7344675

yeah, I have seen alot of those that looked really cute, but alas mine is plastic. One of those really heavy thick kind. So I don't think it would look very nice, But I will give that some thought. Maybe I could paint it or something. Would be great to lay on its side and that would create some 'shade' in a spot, since I have no shade!

hmmm. maybe a hosta spot in a full sun garden that way!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #7344687

Re: gloves, my DH gets me football receiver's gloves every year, and they are terrific. They fit well and wear great. Also, since they're made for Pee Wee football up thru the pros, they come in a huge variety of sizes.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #7344689

New snippers, small shovel, and rake. Defintely a garden knife, can't tell you how many kitchen knives I've ruined splitting rootballs... Many of my tools came from my Dad who likely got them from his Dad, and I hang onto them as long as I possibly can. I stock up on Atlas gloves whenever they go on sale at my feed store. I'm scheming on having a friend weld up a garden tool cart for me this year -- I've seen some that are pretty spendy and thought we could scrap something together using a small handcart as the base. New body parts...I've adopted the strategy of rotating chores often so nothing gets too stove up and that seems to work. Wrists are my main problem, too many years pounding a keyboard.
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

December 7, 2009
4:21 PM

Post #7344759

I want "golves". Where can I get them? :) Actually, I could use some new garden gloves. But only the one kind that I like that I can't remember the name of. They make a woman's small size that fits me! Come in bright colors and after a year or two I manage to bust out the fingers. That's good, though, because most gloves I have the fingers out in a month or so. I also like heavy, leather gloves which do last longer but tend to be stiff and somewhat less useful for gardening.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 7, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #7344790

Atlas Gloves? They make the best ones for gardening in my opinion...I've got quite a few pair (even carry a pair in my purse)
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #7344804

None of the above. I'm not at the point where I am considering replacing body parts. Only thing I'd want to update is the water sprayer. Never have found anything that works as well as rain.
jrwbirds
Elberfeld, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2009
5:36 PM

Post #7345065

I second the endorsement of Atlas Gloves. I've used them for years, order them directly from Atlas by the dozen because many of my friends use me as their source for them..
When I used to sell plants at different events, I would have two pairs marked "SAMPLE"
for people to try on for size and the general feel - 4 times out of 5 if they tried it on, they'd buy a pair...often multiple pairs for their friends as gifts...you know, a true loves this type of gift. I'd sell several cases of 144 during one season. As a bonus, Atlas offers free shipping a couple of times a year...
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 7, 2009
7:32 PM

Post #7345624

Melony said: Atlas Gloves?...I've got quite a few pair (even carry a pair in my purse) Do you keep them with the envelops for 'rescuing' seeds? ^_^

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 7, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #7345786

I keep the gloves, zip-locs, box cutter and water-sorb crystals in my purse. As I told someone else here the other day, it makes for interesting conversation when I go in the courthouse and forget to take them out.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 7, 2009
9:45 PM

Post #7346170

No kiddin. What a hoot.
growin_stinkies
Nashville, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #7346606

I need me a FARMALL!! I have 3 Tillers and they are nice but i want the big gun!
blueflower19
Lufkin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #7346608

lol, Well I'm feeling pretty good about my permanently attached parts at the moment, but I sure would love one of those weed eaters on wheels.
Jsorens
Buffalo, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #7347335

Going to get a hand-powered reel lawnmower & sell the gas-powered one. With only about 50 sq ft of lawn (mown paths) left, it's a bit pointless to keep the big clunker!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 8, 2009
3:39 AM

Post #7347366

I voted new hand tools. This tool is rather expensive, but it is hand operated. A 6 row seeder from Johnny's. Only $**0.00. I have had this on my wish list for a long time. It will happen this spring!
Bernie
McGlory
Southeast, NE
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2009
4:20 AM

Post #7347477

I want some high-dollar pruners. Oh, wait! This isn't the list for Santa, is it? Darn!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 8, 2009
5:38 AM

Post #7347661

Santa is everywhere and hears you while you're sleeping so go ahead, Dream on McGlory!

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #7348867

Resin - these are the gloves I use. I like them because I can "feel" what I'm doing.

http://atlasgloveconsumerproducts.com/wordpress/

These are the Atlas gloves others seem to like, too.

This message was edited Dec 8, 2009 12:57 PM

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2009
5:53 PM

Post #7348875

I left my garden clogs outside the back door, and some critter took off with one of them! Now, what would a critter need with one shoe?! Maybe it stole one shoe from three other people?
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 8, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #7348911

Are you sure you didn't accidently plant it in the frenzy to get the bulbs in Honeybee? I have planted a flipflop before.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #7349228

I need new wrists, shoulders and neck. Have carpal tunnel syndrome which is very much exacerbated by use of the hand trowel. Plan to have surgery on wrists ASAP. Then possibly surgery on neck. First we see if fixing the wrists makes my shoulder pain go away. Oh the joys of aging! Well, I am happy they know what to do about all of the above problems.
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2009
12:53 AM

Post #7350177

I'm ok on everything except one of those nifty kneelers with the handles. Gotta have one!
And, yeah, that wheelbarrow needs to become a planter. They make very nice paint especially for plastic, too.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2009
4:23 AM

Post #7350797

Lawnmower! We kill them all! I don't know how, but they just don't last.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2009
11:18 AM

Post #7351223

Actually, I just need to repair my brushcutter. The pull cord broke. I've bought a new one, but can't get the casing open to install it. Crazy looking bolt heads. I think that I'll need to use an allen wrench or something. Seems things have been breaking lately faster than I can repair them!
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #7351839

Nothing lasts much any more sallyg. They are designed not to last.
Steve812
Prescott, AZ
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #7352799

I have a fifteen year old John Deere lawn mower that worked fine the last time I used it, ca 2003. Can't for the life of me figure out why it moved with me to AZ where we have no lawn.

grrrlgeek
Grayslake, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #7353065

Elbows. Getting one fixed soon, yay! kept me from finishing my bulbs, now I have a bunch still in bags, and it's supposed to get down to 4*F tomorrow :(
Potagere

December 10, 2009
9:36 AM

Post #7354590

I just got 2 new discs in my neck!
I think I'll need to replace elbows or knees next!
Volesbegone
Guilford, CT

December 10, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #7355168

As I get older (stll a young senoir) bending down is not the problem. After weeding for a while it is the getting up that hurts. While winter has finally setteled in this week in New England I guess will work on the getting up issue by using Yoga on the Wii. New new garden gloves too! Hope Santa is listening.
skiekitty
Parker, CO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #7355425

My chiropractor knows exactly when I've been working with my roses vs. cleaning the garage or something else.. he loves me in the summer time! My insurance doesn't, though...
jrwbirds
Elberfeld, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2009
5:08 PM

Post #7355544

well, I'm going in for my left hip join replacement on Monday - had my right knee replaced in May 09, the right hip in Aug 09, and now the left one...just one joint left ...

For anyone facing hip joint replacement, check out the Anterior Approach procedure...it is so much easier on the patient, only a 4-5" incision, no therapy, and no restrictions. Just have to take it easy - no weed pulling for a few weeks and that is the tough because you feel so good, having no pain. It is incredible, to say the least...my Dr has been doing this procedure for 2+ years and has had nothing but outstanding patient comments. Google: hip joiont replacement+anterior approach if you are interested...
Annette_M
New Waverly, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #7355998

I confess ------ I have kneesles! Getting up and down requires too much effort, and have to think about how to do it.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 11, 2009
12:36 AM

Post #7357041

The kneeler with the handles has let me get up from the ground for years. Otherwise, can't do it. DH uses a tarp for moving leaves etc. around. Really need a new spine, one without arthritis.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

December 11, 2009
9:00 AM

Post #7358057

my bodys just about stuffed,but i have good days and bad and while i can plant seed ,grow,teach youngsters and show liliums,i will!
flowerfantasy
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 11, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #7358612

Well I just need ALL new body parts. Really hard fro me to get out and do what I need to with BAD parts . Some body please donate me a whole new body LOL
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 11, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #7358723

I've had hip joints replaced twice, first time my body rejected the glue. In 1995 had new prongs????about 12" long down into my femur, had to be very careful for a year until the bone grew tight around them. So I don't need more replacements there. Do use a couple of kneelers for different areas of the garden. New non-arthritic fingers would be great.

What I really need is a new heavy duty shredder, my 14 year old one is in shredder hosp., and he told me yesterday may not be able to fix it.

Donna
jrwbirds
Elberfeld, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 11, 2009
10:40 PM

Post #7359866

Getting older sure is not for wimps, is it ??? At least, we gardeners just keep on doing as much as we can - none of that "Oh how I suffer when I think of how I suffer" going on here !!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 11, 2009
11:15 PM

Post #7359963

As Garrison Keillor says, "Growing old is not for the timid"...grin
NorthernSeasons
Bozeman, MT
(Zone 4b)

December 12, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #7360472

My digging fork bit the dust this fall so that is what I'm replacing!
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

December 12, 2009
10:38 AM

Post #7361086

I voted for I need new hand tools, I would to love get my hands on a border fork a square edge spade and a dutch hoe, can't get them for love or money here in Japan! Anyone help? Worst thing is everything here has such SHORT handles!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 13, 2009
1:28 PM

Post #7364128

LOL Resin. Hope you've been able to locate some golves. :)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2009
2:53 PM

Post #7364271

I think you can find some golves at the British Open.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 13, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #7364793

sounds like a JRR Tolkein item
"Frodo turned and saw he was surrounded by golves"

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #7365483

I wasn't planning on it but DH got me a Gorilla Garden cart that can hold up to 600 lbs. for Christmas. Said I ain't wrapping this nor bringing it in the house. Will my life sooooo much easier come spring hauling 5,6, bags of topsoil or composted manure @ 20 -40 lbs each one by one to the back yard. Put them in the cart and pull, pull the latch and dump. What could be better??????
Potagere

December 14, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #7367431

What could be better?
Well, if DH did it for you!
Boy, I bet he just loves it!
A wife for whom he can buy "guy stuff" for Christmas!
Keep a close watch on that!
No telling what it might be hauling come deer hunting season!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2009
6:15 PM

Post #7368041

hubby doesn't hunt nor fish...watches sports, plays horseshoes (we have the pits in back to prove it), darts and pool all of which are in our basement. I haul a lot of things from large plants in containers, bags and bags of composted manure, and topsoil. This for me is gonna be great.
Potagere

December 14, 2009
6:34 PM

Post #7368106

Sounds good!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2009
8:08 PM

Post #7368353

He says since I never wait for him to get home from work to help haul this will keep me from keeling over with a heart attack. There was a couple days early last summer he came home from work I was too red in the face from hauling and that he was comfortable with the me being home basically by myself all day.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 21, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #7387556

WHOO HOO just got my knife in Santa Fe. They had luvly ones with silver and stones from the SW but I liked this one with birch and elm in the handle from trees where I grew up in the NE.

Thumbnail by dahlianut
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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 21, 2009
5:14 PM

Post #7388111

Nice knife...the handle is gorgeous.
patientgardener
Bridgeville, PA

August 30, 2010
11:57 AM

Post #8070810

clippers. I need clippers immediately.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

August 31, 2010
1:19 AM

Post #8072057

me
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 31, 2010
7:22 AM

Post #8072385

ROFL. Gooder g_whizz ^_^

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