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February 2018
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Episode 38 Three Tools for the Self-Sufficient Gardener

Because I shorted everyone on the Rosemary show (at only about 15 minutes) and the fact that I had to work today (Saturday) I decided to hammer out another show I’ve had on my mind for a while.

So, in this episode I talk about these three tools that I think increase self-sufficiency:

1.  Soil Blocker

Helps you avoid buying tons of peat pots or peat pellets.  Makes hardening off and transplanting tons easier.

2.  Fiskars Tiller

Helps you avoid a gas powered tiller when you need to break up soil a bit for root crops such as carrots.  This tool also prevents the destratification of soil because it only breaks the soil instead of churning it.

3. Planting Bar or Dibbler

Helps you properly space your seeds without loosening the soil at all.  Helps you avoid making weeds.

And one tool that I think has no place in a self-sufficient garden!

1.  Soil sensors

Why do you need a computer to tell you what your soil is like?  STICK YOUR HAND IN THE SOIL!  Sorry, had to do that!

5 comments to Episode 38 Three Tools for the Self-Sufficient Gardener

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  • We must be thinking along the same lines – I spoke about a Basic Garden Tool set, and your Blog covered a couple of great more advanced garden tools. Great timing, Jason.

    And your comment on the Soil Sensors? Right on the Money!

  • Jason

    Thank you my friend. I find that some of the tools that allow me to be lazier also allow me to be more self-sufficient….and lazy. 🙂


  • Arnica

    Being Devil’s Advocate here… what if you are a new gardener and are using the soil sensor to learn about your soil?

  • Jason

    That’s a really good question. I kind of hinted at how I’d handle that situation in the show but I never outright said it I think.

    If you are interested in learning about your soil there are much cheaper and accurate ways to do so. If I remember correctly, most extension offices will test your soil for free.

    I don’t begrudge anyone who bought one but if they use it as a proxy gardener instead of spending time in the dirt, then I personally believe they are headed in the wrong direction.

    I’ll repost my episode on soil types. I think people are surprised at how easy it is to analyze your own soil.