Sunday, June 23, 2013

Garden bag

Our main garden used to be right next to the house. The new gardens Farmer John started are in the former hayfield. Due to the distance, I've started to carry supplies along when I go to work there. 

The purple bag was a gift from a student (also a farm girl) at the end of the school year. It's too small to carry school work, but it's perfect for garden gear.

Footwear needs can vary throughout the day. The morning I took this photo it was still damp and muddy, so rubber boots were good to start. As it warmed up and dried out, I switched to Chacos.

We have gotten very good at growing weeds with thorns. Therefore, I usually wear gloves. I picked these up at the Dollar Store thinking they were cute and lightweight. They had holes in two fingers after weeding only two rows of corn. I got what I paid for. 

Have I ever told you about the other farm where I worked during college? I wasn't allowed to wear sunscreen or drink from reusable plastic bottles. I put up with that for about a week. Staying hydrated and sunburn free is essential in the garden.  And now that I work on my OWN farm, no stupid rules.

Finally, the camera always comes with me to document the farm fun. Just recently I have started to bring my phone along. I use it to take quick videos and listen to music. When placed strategically, I can skip the ear buds and still hear the birds and Farmer John coming down the hill on the tractor.

All these supplies help make a four-hour-weeding-marathon go a lot faster and more comfortably. What are your gardening essentials? Anything I'm missing from the purple bag? 

6 comments:

  1. Lorraine in WisconsinJune 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Two things I can't do without when gardening--a hat with a 360 deg. brim and a kneeling pad.

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  2. Lorraine in WisconsinJune 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    And of course, in Wisconsin, heavy duty bug spray!

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  3. My current favorite gloves are Mechanix Wear Utility Gloves. They make womens sizes that really fit your hand, and they've held up for so much longer than the kind you described. They have enough backing (on the palm side) for those prickly weeds. I put them through the wash, which I do almost each time I use them, just in case I might have crossed paths with some poison ivy ~ and they're still going strong even with all the weeding and washing.

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  4. I love seeing your dirty knees in the photo! When I weed the garden I bring along a short bucket to sit on. Jon also recently purchased a hand hoe with a small rake on the other end. It comes in handy when removing thorny weeds because I don't have to grab and pull quite as hard.

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  5. What a nice bag. The colour is really vibrant.

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