A-Z Gardening in Zone 3-4

For the organic gardner struggling in the short season climate

Some necessary gardening tools


wagons-and-cart.jpg Wagons and cart and turtle’s, oh my

The wagon in the forefront was purchased for my children many years ago. Since my children were all grown I started using it as a pull behind with my garden hopper so I wouldn’t have to get up so many times to put weeds on the compost pile or feed to my chickens. When it became obvious that it was a great way to weed, I purchased a big foot wagon that had an anti turnover device, my kids wagon did not. Having to pick up a fallen over load of weeds was a pain. A few years ago the wagons, which had been in use for about 8 years, got a new coat of paint as seen in this picture.

These two red wagons, gardening cart and my step 2 garden hopper, affectionately known as “the turtle”, not shown here, have been my most necessary garden tools. The step 2 garden hopper, I have 6, has a seat, 4 wide wheels, a place to store tools and a beverage holder. You can scoot this handy little hopper up and down between the rows while weeding, especially if you have arthritis or if you have difficulty bending down for long periods of time. The step 2 garden hopper can be found at Ace Hardware or K-mart, or you can go to, Step 2 garden hopper, scoot . This past gardening season I wrecked my big foot wagon while trying to unload rocks. The rear wheel assembly collapsed when I tried to dump them out. I guess being 10 years old or maybe too many rocks was more that it could handle.

There have been some really good improvements in wagons since the last time I bought one. They now make utility wagons in various sizes with sides that fold down, good for hauling baled hay, bags of mulch and my big rose bush pots. There is also a larger big foot wagon with higher sides, good for loading on more weeds with less getting up and down to dispose of them. I purchased 2 utility wagons and 1 big foot wagon. They’re patiently waiting for me to assemble them. I guess I better get going, it will be spring soon.

Author: tbenkovitz

I have been gardening for over 50 years, 38 of them as an organic gardener in the short season climate of upstate New York.

2 thoughts on “Some necessary gardening tools

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    • Thank you for your glowing comments about my blog. I have been writing this gardening blog for about six years, although due to several surgeries I have not posted much this past year. I get most of my information from my fifty years experience as an organic gardener. The catalogs I mention are the one’s I use to purchase seeds, plants, trees and products I need to keep my garden and greenhouse growing.


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