I noticed this year that I had accumulated a lot of ‘things’ in my garden bag. The season is about to wrap up with a couple of tasks left to do – like bringing in plants to overwinter indoors and a few truckloads of mulch yet to spread. I also have to clean up the brush pile, plant my spring bulbs and… Well, maybe the task list is longer then I thought!
I did finally clean out my garden bag today and while doing that, I thought I’d photograph the items that had accumulated through the year.
Dramm REDHEAD – I carry this with me so I don’t have to walk back to the house if there isn’t one already on the hose. This gets almost daily use. Maybe I’ll ask for another one for Christmas.
Wire cutters – This is being relocated back to my toolbox for electric tools.
Box cutters – I’m not sure why I have two but I use them to cut open bags of mulch, compost, soil conditioner and rocks.
12′ Tape Measure – Rulers and tape measures are always handy but I can’t remember what I use this for in the garden.
Plants Map Ski Ties – I use these to attach accession tags to trees and plants.
Gerber ‘Crucial’ Multi Tool – This has to be the sharpest knife I’ve ever used. Also handy for opening wine and beer bottles.
Plant Tags – Since my bag is so full, sometimes trash accumulates in the bottom.
Nitrile Coated Gloves – Useful gloves but these have holes in every finger.
Corona Sharpener – I stole this from Tracy’s garden bag.
Adjustable Hose Connector – Tracy collects these so I am putting this back in her bag.
Safety Glasses – These should be with my chainsaw equipment and supplies.
100′ Tape Measure – I used this once to measure DBH on a very large tree. It’s going back in my regular toolbox.
Seat Belt Scissors – I must have used this for cutting landscape fabric. It’s great for cutting seat belts.
Garden Claw – I inherited this from my mom. I’m guessing it’s from the 1970’s and was used for her Tulips and Marigolds.
Felco 6 – These won’t cut anything and haven’t for a long time, but for some reason they remain in my bag because everyone says they are great.
Corona Saw – This is a great little tool. Super sharp!
Dramm 400 – They say this is the original. I don’t use it. I’m addicted to my REDHEAD.
Okatsune Pruners – Awesome. These aren’t usually in my bag. They are in my pocket. I do store them in my garden bag at night.
DeWit Serrated Hori Hori Knife – One of two essential gardening tools in my bag.
Bulb Ruler – Plastic ruler that’s great for spacing out bulbs from brentandbeckys.com
Plants Map Tag and Stake – I guess this plant died. I’ll reuse the stake.
Cobrahead Weeder – If i’m using any tool for weeding, it’s this one. It’s very lightweight. I use it turned sort of sideways as opposed to digging straight down. Works great.
Power Auger – Attach this to your portable drill and plant some bulbs!
A.M. Leonard Classic Stainless Steel Soil Knife – I actually bought this combo for the sheath to hold my DeWit hori hori knife. It didn’t fit. I must use the tool occasionally because it is dirty.
Carpenter Pencil – I have no idea why this is was in my garden bag.
Bic Pen – I have no idea why this is in my garden bag either.
Linesman’s Pliers – Great for removing and cutting wire from B&B root balls
Garden String in a recycled JIF jar – I don’t think there is anything else to say here.
Tiny Fiskars Clippers – I don’t use these. I never remember that they are in my bag.
Garden Scissors – My fingers don’t fit in the holes, especially with gloves on. I’m not sure why I keep these around.
Orange Line – I was working on my lawn mower and somehow this ended up in my garden bag.
Black Sharpie – It’s a black Sharpie.
West Country Gloves – I had no idea who made these gloves until I saw this photo. They are good one-season gloves before they wear out.
Knee Pad – Apparently this pad came from Dick’s. I’ll have to look for their store to find another one of these because this one is worn out.
We’ll see what accumulates over the next 12 months!