With spring here - or on its way - I thought I'd welcome it by showing you some of my vintage gardening tools.
I like the old fashioned garden tools - the ones with years of wear and hefty service to gardeners.
A long time ago my rake head came off - it makes the perfect rack for the hand tools
One of my favorites is this Amish Weeding Ball. The metal piece at the bottom is forked - you plunge it into the ground under the weed, roll it back on the ball and the weed effortlessly comes out.
Another Amish Weeding Ball that once was bright red/orange. You can see the prongs on the bottom.
I also like old galvanized or enameled buckets - the fence is the best place for them so they don't fill with water in our rainy climate. This picture was taken when we lived on a farm, the first house we rented when we moved to Washington 13 years ago.
And enamel wash basins - they are useful for carrying plants, bulbs or tubers that need to be planted. Another old fence on the same farm.
And galvanized watering cans - before Martha started collecting them I found them quite reasonable - now the prices have gone up to incredible heights. Now and then I still find one at a yard sale - but not as often as I used to. Miss Kitty loved to drink out of them when they were filled and waiting to water the garden.
They are now lined up along the ramp to the deck in the summer and this pair of Mallards came to visit - looking for birdseed.
Donnie liked to haul them around when they came to visit a year and a half ago.
They even get decorated for Christmas.
This watering can is not vintage - it is an elephant watering can that was a gift from Ben - one day this little frog came climbing up out of the elephant and sat there most of the day.
Do you have favorite vintage gardening tools?