When I was a beginner gardener, I made the rookie mistake of buying multiple gardening tools that one would use in a traditional garden, including a trowel, transplanter, cultivator, weeding fork, and weeder. Over the last three years, I found that I could replace them all with 3 tools: a trowel, a weeder, and a Korean traditional garden ho called “a homi”. If I could only purchase one tool, then a “homi” would be the Swiss army knife.
- The homi: This was a “do it all” hand tool since the Bronze Age for Koreans. I started to see them used in Korean YouTube horticulture videos and decided to purchase one last year on Amazon. It was the best gardening decision that I have ever made! It made my life so much easier. It has a curved handle and a blade with a unique shape that allows you to dig, weed, mound, etc… all encompassed in one tool. You can find a homi at multiple price points on Amazon by searching for a “Korean homi garden tool”.
- The trowel: This tool is great for moving potting soil or fertilizer into buckets or grow bags.
- The weeder: This tool is a must-have for grabbing tough weeds down to their roots and extracting them. As our garden is in the ground and not in raised beds, I do a fair amount of weeding throughout the growing season. This little hand tool enables me to remove pesky weeds, while not damaging the vegetables or flowers that are growing around them.
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