Our 5 Favourite Market Gardening Tools 17


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This post was inspired by seeing this post from Allsun Farm (in Australia)  and the Farm Start posts from other farmers we really respect and admire. I wanted to just share those links but then thought, what the heck, why don’t we just join in!

1)      Vermont Cart. We use this ALL THE TIME! We love the one we bought at Lee Valley so much. This year, we bought an extra one from Vesey’s (it’s bright red) and, while it’s still useful, it is just slightly less wide, which doesn’t allow us to have our harvest bins side by side in it, which is way less efficient. So, we don’t like using it as much (whichever one of us is slower to grab the Lee Valley one has to use it) and our next one will be another one of these for sure.

Vermont Cart with rhubarb

2)      Bio 360 biodegradable plastic mulch (made with non-GMO corn). We don’t love constantly weeding…and we don’t get paid to do it. We also hate seeing bare soil, especially in the spring when it can rain hard. So, we use Bio 360 for almost all of our transplanted crops. Especially, in year one, converting our hay fields to vegetable fields, it made all the difference in being able to work full-time on our farm (and not just weeding) without any other source of income and pay the bills. We buy it from Dubois.

Update: We no loner use any biofilms and you can read why in this post. To learn what we’ve been doing instead, read here.

Parsley on Bio 360

3)      Jang Seeder. Since we’ve gotten the Jang, we haven’t done any thinning of plants. Not to say it’s the perfect seeder (we still get frustrated with the results of seeding beets), but we’re very happy with it. The Earthway seeder still gets used for peas and beans because it does a great job with that but the Jang is responsible for the rest on our farm.

Jang seeder

4)      Winstrip trays. It is gross to us to have to throw out broken flimsy plastic seed trays and then just buy new ones that we know will have the same fate. We expect our Winstrip trays to last our lifetime and we’re very happy with the health of the resulting seedlings. To us, they’re a good replacement for soil blocks also (with their side slits and large bottom hole for air pruning as well as the nice layout for air circulation up top), since we found transplanting with soil blocks less enjoyable than with plugs. These are not easy to buy…you have to wait until the order is large enough to justify making a new batch….could be a few years even for the size plug trays you want.

Winstrip Trays

5)      CoolBot. What would we do without you, little CoolBot? We would spend a lot more money to get a good storage temperature for our crops. Also, I like the fact that it dries out the air. All of our bins of vegetables are kept covered with lids anyway and I think it’s better for my flower crops that the air is cold but not humid. We bought ours from Store It Cold.

CoolBot

 

If you want to share your Top 5 tools, I’d love to read them in the Comments below. We’re always on the look-out for new tools to increase efficiency and overall enjoyment!

Hand hoe


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17 thoughts on “Our 5 Favourite Market Gardening Tools

  • Chris

    Really enjoy this blog, it’s very nicely put together.
    I keep using the bio360 and find that it doesn’t break down that well even after sitting out all winter. I try and till it in and it just makes a mess.
    I really enjoy using my wheel hoe, it’s easy to observe how effective it is.

  • Melissa

    1. Planet Jr. or Hoss seeder. Love them both equally. Have heard good things about the Jung but have no personal experience with it. Used Planet Jr. In good condition are worth the price.

    2. Wheel hoes. From knife to plow to tines I Love how many ways you can effectively cultivate with a wheel hoe.

    3. Walk behind rototiller. BCS is the best brand for farm size but I used a cub cadet on an acre last year and it did the job. Essentially to be for early cultivation between rows of tomatoes, squashes, melons and peppers.

    4. Backpack sprayer. With all the rainfall and humidity blight runs rampant where I farm, I rely on copper spray before and after heavy rains. That’s a lot of spraying. But I was blight free lastbyear, so it’s worth it.

    5. Japanese hand hoes. Perfect for small in between rows like beets and carrots.

  • Rick & Shirley Ladouceur

    Love your post!
    Id like to comment on our 5 best tools we use day to day
    #1 Id have to the say the BCS with power plough and power harrow
    #2 Using Tarps to rid of weeds prior to planting
    #3 Pro tek bug netting for most of our crops(must be added on planting day)
    #4 My 4 row pinpoint seeder, yes thought of the jang seeder to reduce thinning but i modified the seeder bar with Jb weld and a file to only use every second seed cup, now i have no thinning and still efficient with 4 rows seeded at once.
    #5 Well as much as we have a hard time keeping weeds in check and maybe should be working with the plastic mulch as you folks id have to say the 3.5 inch stirrup hoe.

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  • Kayla Reid

    Great idea to summarize all these useful gardening tools in one article. I am still in the beginning of making my garden and I am learning about the great usage of all the tools I am gonna need. Greetings

  • James

    Yes I think these five tools are common.
    I see some tools we should have:
    level lawn tool
    hand tool for compacting soil
    seed sowing tool
    sod removing tool
    Thanks broadforkfarm!
    🙂