I am so thankful that I work in education. The summer ‘off’ is a blessing, since my garden is in full swing and I spend a few hours in my backyard each day, rain or shine.
If I’m not weeding (who am I kidding, I am always weeding), I am picking produce, chasing the chickens out of my tomatoes, or managing the compost bin. My garden is pretty big on when it comes to an urban homestead, so so matter the task, I have a few gardening essentials that are worth their weight in zucchini around here.
My Kitchen Compost Bucket.
Throughout the day and after every meal, I toss any scraps into this ceramic compost bucket that sits on my countertop. We keep it in a handy spot that is also right by the door, so on one of my dozen trips to the backyard, I can grab the bucket to empty into the chicken run.
The ladies LOVE kitchen scraps. In fact, they eat pretty much everything we eat, except chicken. (Ewww.) They even get excited when they see John or I coming with the bucket. No lie.
Side note: Have you ever seen a chicken scratch an itch? It looks very similar to a dog. Check out the Buff Orpington in the background:
Rubber Boots. While flip flops are my shoe of choice in the summer, they aren’t very safe and don’t provide good support. Especially in the morning or after a rain, I slip on my pink and white rubber boots to keep my feet somewhat protected, clean, and dry.
A Handmade Produce Basket.
Around 3 years ago my brother made me this produce basket, and it has been a lifesaver. The bottom is mesh, so I can rinse off my produce with the hose outside. It’s also really lightweight and large enough to carry heavier items like tomatoes, cucumbers, and summer squash.
A Wide-Brimmed Hat.
Sun protection has become really important to me in the last 5 years. My grandfather has melanoma, my brother, sister, father and I have all had suspicious moles removed, and I am seeing more sun damage on my face and arms than I care to admit. Not only do I wear SPF 30 every day (even in the winter), but I also wear a breezy, lightweight wide-brimmed hat.
I think it makes my chicken selflies look way more chic, don’t you?
A Telescopic Garden Claw.
This baby is a back saver! It extends to about 2.5 feet long, which is perfect for leaning over the chicken wire that I had to put around my bed of greens. I’ve had this claw for at least 4 years, and it’s my go-to garden tool. I can till up the soil, rip weeds, and work compost into the beds with this one tool.
What are some of your favorite garden essentials? Leave a comment!