People laugh it up when it comes to the seemingly endless drizzle and drear of Washington, but our long, hard days are rewarded ten-fold with the bounty and glory of spring and summer. There are very few places where you can find lush, green wooded hillsides that are full of flora and fauna in July. Or fields that stretch for miles and hug the mountains like green quilts in the heat of August. The very drip and downpour that lives with us for months makes for simply splendid summers!
The first day of spring was this last weekend and in sublimely ironic form – it was actually sunny. And, warm. And, nice. Go figure. Spring was ushered in with the weather greeting it deserved. A weekend without rain means a weekend in the garden. We live in a suburb-like neighborhood (think suburb with a redneck-twist) and enjoy an almost half-acre lot. There are 10,000 square feet of lawn. A massive willow tree. A 700 square foot vegetable garden. Five fruit trees bearing apples, pears and peaches. A dotted orchard of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. Way too many garden beds (thanks to the previous owners). It all adds up to hours in the garden, wonderful harvests and lots of weeds.
This fall and spring I was able to get my hands on some of the best investments I have ever made for our garden – high-quality garden tools. I used to be a cheapo-garden-tool buyer. If there was an option for $10 and one for $20 – I always bought the less expensive one. But, not this year. As part of our commitment to reducing our waste – we are committed to purchasing high-quality and not succumbing to cheap discounts on disposable options.
Fall is marked with the bountiful harvest of potatoes (cheap to grow, easy-ish to store, but unbearably difficult to harvest completely) and the “carpet o’ leaves” we call the shedding of our willow tree. Just when you think that there is no possible way there are still potatoes in the ground – you will be greeted come spring with a bouquet of green plants sprouting from random portions of your garden. And, when you step back and admire your willow tree, it will be clear that you have forgotten the way the flat, sickle-shaped leaves bond together in a tapestry woven with delicate branches making them impossible to rake.
This year we invested in a potato fork and lawn rake from Clarington Forge. And – OH-MY-GRAVY – I can’t believe the quality. Clarington Forge has been making exceptionally high-quality gardening tools since 1780. All of their tools are made in England in factories that conform to the rigid-emission regulations of Europe. The majority of the construction is made from sustainably-grown ash wood and forged from solid steel. There is a stout “umph” that I have never felt in any of our garden tools – ever.
The Potato Fork has ten prongs and resembles a scoopable farm shovel in shape. The beauty of the design is the bulb-like nubbins on the end of each prong. The bulbs keep the tines from spearing your potatoes and let you scoop up bucket full after bucket full without endless back-breaking work on your hands and knees. For your investment, you also net a lifetime-guarantee from Clarington Forge!
The Springbok Lawn Rake has the appearance of your standard leaf rake, but the strength of Paul Bunyan. Many a rake has become victim to the onslaught of leaves from our willow tree and Jacob and I find ourselves dreading the inevitable weekend after weekend of raking. The hand-forged tines of the Springbok Lawn Rake scraped the grass clean of the leaf blanket and managed to hold onto the squirrelly-branches that usually make raking extra cumbersome.
Now that spring has finally made it’s appearance and with appropriate regalia, I am ready to get out in that garden. I am happy that we have made investments with our garden tools that will keep them around season after season and garden after garden. The pride and craftsmanship that Clarington Forge has is evidenced in every single one of their tools. Bring the quality of Clarington Forge into your garden this year!
Looking to get some high-quality garden tools in your hands this year? Then look no further…
- Hand Trowel
- Weeding Hand Fork
- Daisy Grubber (a great tool for pulling up stubborn dandelions the old-fashioned way and keeping noxious chemicals out of your garden, home and environment!)
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