What 3 tools would you choose?

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Taking the proverbial 'desert island' scenario...if you were stranded on a farm and could only have 3 tools. What would they be?

I'm not talking about a mega-farm, but the average little hobby farm.
House, veggie garden, flowerbeds and general maintenance tools.

Sort of like the tv show 'Survivor'...but in a temperate area.

Fort Collins, CO(Zone 5a)

That's a good question, especially for someone who has access to so many wonderful garden tools.

Hmmm....I guess would pick a spade, fork and a long handle weeder. These three tools do the most work in least amount of time. As with with all gardening, it all starts with the soil and the spade allows turn and move large amounts of soil, the fork also is great for loosening and aerating the soil as well as harvesting root vegetables and I don't care what island you're on, you're going to have weeds and plenty of them, so I want a long handle weeder to take care of them. I have built-in hand tools to do the dirty work once the soil is workable.

Ottawa, KS(Zone 5b)

Terribly hard to pick just three. I wouldn't want to be without my chopping hoe. It is very capable at chopping weeds, including small weed trees.


I use my WolfGarten rake very frequently. The WolfGarten system of interchangeable handles and tool heads is very versatile.


I prefer to work from a seated position rather than stoop or kneel, so I use my Tractor Scoot almost daily.


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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I've carefully thought about this and guess I'd choose a spade, a file and a garden hoe.

I'm like Blake, hands are your most versatile tool, but I think a spade and a hoe and something to keep them sharp would be my choice.

It's like my Grandmother, (born in 1898) once said..."You can't keep house without a fly-swat and a broom"
Nothing else matters if you don't have the basics.

Fort Collins, CO(Zone 5a)

Melody, Good thinking with the file! Even the best tool is harder to use if it's not sharp.

This message was edited Jun 29, 2011 5:00 PM

Russell, KY(Zone 6b)

1) My pokey stick, aka asparagus knife. I use it for so many things, primarily weeding.
2) My steppy stool. I use a one step rubbermaid with a kneeling pad duck taped to it. I drag it all over the place and it is just the right height for weeding. I also have a pricey Tractor Scoot but my steppy stool wins by a long shot. I'm on about the fifth generation as the plastic does degrade.
3) My toolbag, if I am allowed to count that as a tool. I drag it along with my steppy stool and no matter what I need I have it. My tool garage can be 400 feet from where I am working and having everything I need with me at all times save me a ton of trips back to the house. I have pruners, a small lopper, weed killer, rooting hormone, a knife, a scissor, twine, wire, velcro plant ties, water, a cell phone, a pad and pen, a hand rake, hand weeders, folding saw, and so on.

Tools proper?
My pokey stick.
A pruner.
A hand shuffle hoe.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

For me...pruners, my hula hoe (I think that's what it's called...it's great for running through my gravel "lawn" and cutting off weeds), and a trowel that has sort of serrated edges for digging down into hard clay soil. Regular old trowels with the smooth sides don't work in my soil (I've bent the handles on quite a few trying to dig holes during the summer when the soil is hard) but the one I have works great--I don't know the brand unfortunately, but it's got an orange handle and triangular teeth all down the sides.

Victoria, TX(Zone 9a)

My small shovel
My small trowel with sharp edges on one side.... (it digs holes for planting small bedding plants and has a sharp side for cutting away roots nearby)
And my water hose with the 10 dial setting function for different type of spray functions

I use these 3 almost daily

Covington, KY(Zone 6a)

I call it my "Cadillac" straight edge shovel--stainless steel, heavy won't rust and great for digging and lifting (handle never bends).
Don't know the brand, but red handled sturdy pruners.
Ratchet pruners for larger branches....

Talihina, OK

My bucket it doubles as a seat /tool carrier/soil mover /waterer/ fertilizerspreder/ but I must confess I have more than one bucket/my hula hoe/and my pocket knife

Latrobe, PA

A sharp shovel spade,a two sided pick and a rake type heavy pitch fork!

Cameron Park, TX

My three tools would be:
a shovel with size and shape up to you.
a hammer
a rake with size up to you.

Latrobe, PA

I have a small rake that has a sharp hoe on the other side one tool!Pitch fork, wheel barrow if its a tool other wish a hatchet!

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