21 Popular Permaculture Garden Hand Tools


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No matter what you do in life, the proper tools can make a huge difference. Having those proper tools on hand before you need them can save you a lot of time and frustration.

So here is a list of 21 popular tools that permaculture gardeners often use and you may want to get before you need them.

The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.
Benjamin Franklin

Broadfork

Bully Tools 92627 Broad Fork with Fiber Glass Handle
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Commercial grade
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • High strength fiberglass handles
  • Extra thick 10 gauge steel

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The broadfork is a favorite of many gardeners. This is not a typical pitchfork, it is used to loosen and aerate the soil without disturbing the soil food web. This ensures your soil, that you work so hard to feed and nurture so that it can grow the finest of plants, stays healthy, and gets prepared for the next planting.


Loppers

THANOS Extendable Anvil Loppers Tree Trimmer with Compound Action, Chops Thick Branches Ease,28-40'' Telescopic Heavy Duty Branch Cutter,2 Inch Clean Cut Capacity.
  • ★SHARP AND DURABLE BLADE★The heavy duty lopper blade made of SK-5 steel straight blade coated...
  • ★EXTENSIBLE ALUMINIUM HANDLE★ The extendable pruning lopper is designed with a telescopic rod...
  • ★LIGHTWEIGHT AND STURDY★The rod retractable rod is made from aluminum alloy, which prevents...
  • ★WIDE APPLICATION★This lopping shear is suitable for fruit tree pruning, potted pruning,...
  • ★RISK-FREE GUARANTEE★Customer satisfaction is our utmost priority. If you are dissatisfied with...

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I never knew just how valuable this tool was to me until I broke the loppers I had. This is one of those tools that make light work out of pruning your fruit trees and when you don’t have your loppers the job gets much harder. It didn’t take me long to buy another one.


Pruners

gonicc 8" Professional Premium Titanium Bypass Pruning Shears (GPPS-1003), Hand Pruners, Garden Clippers.
  • Drop forged body and handles.
  • Quality blade made of Premium Titanium steel with Ultra-fine Polishing Technology.
  • Ergonomically designed non-slip handles are strong,lightweight,and comfortable.
  • Sap groove design to help keep pruning shears from sticking by channeling off sap.
  • Pruners can cut up to 3/4" diameter size tree branches.This may vary depending on tree species.

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My pruners are a tool that is always nearby when I’m working in the garden. The reality is I have a few of them strategically placed around the property so they’re never far away. It seems like there is always a plant, a shrub, or a tree that needs a little trim and this is the tool you need for that light work.


Hand Trowel

Edward Tools Bend-Proof Garden Trowel - Heavy Duty Polished Stainless Steel - Rust Resistant Oversized Garden Hand Shovel for Quicker Work - Digs Through Rocky / Heavy soils - Comfort Grip (1)
  • Most heavy duty garden hand trowel tool on the market
  • One piece stainless steel is bend proof making it the best hand shovel for working rocky or heavy...
  • Oversize trowel head makes for quicker work as soil can be moved in greater volume
  • Ergonomic rubber grip with contoured finger grips and palm rest
  • Lifetime warranty - Find a way to bend this garden hand shovel and we will replace it no questions...

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The gardener’s tool of choice when it comes to popping those seedlings in the ground. If you know how to use one efficiently you can make speedy work of your planting with a good hand trowel.


Brush Clearing Sickle

Zenport K310 Brush Clearing Sickle with Carbon Steel Blade and Aluminum Handle, 9", 9", Black
  • Designed for heavy duty clearing and scrubbing of tough vines weeds undergrowth
  • Black soft rubber grips and the 9-inch aluminum tube handle
  • Razor sharp 9-inch carbon steel straight edge hooked blade provides powerful cuts
  • Useful in many horticulture applications
  • Overall tool length measures 18-inches

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My favorite tool when it comes to cutting down cover crops. I prefer it over power trimmers or even a machete for laying plants to the ground for the benefit of the soil. Using a good sharp hand sickle will connect you to hundreds of years of farmers who have done it the same way.


Hori Hori Weeding and Digging Knife

Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding & Digging Knife, Authentic Tomita (Est. 1960) Japanese Stainless Steel, 7.25" Blade, Wood Handle
  • QUALITY: Made in Japan with the finest stainless steel.
  • EASY MEASUREMENT: Inch markings on the blade will ensure your plants and bulbs are planted at just...
  • MULTI-USE: Both serrated and straight edge blades, and is a fantastic gardening, landscaping, and...
  • DURABILITY: The blade is rust and scratch resistant, and stays razor sharp.
  • ERGONOMIC: Blade Size: 7.25 inches; Handle Size: wood, 5.25 inches; Weight: 10 oz.

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I never knew what I was missing until I first used a Hori Hori knife in my garden. This fantastic tool makes easy work of harvesting your vegetables. This knife can also be used as a trowel to do the work of planting seedlings as well as being a great weeding tool. It really is a multipurpose tool for the gardener.


Manure Fork

The Ames Companies,Inc 2812300 True Temper 5-Tine Manure Fork
  • 5 forged oval steel tines for picking up and spreading loose material like mulch
  • Cushion end grip for comfort and control
  • 48-inch hardwood handle for a long reach
  • Use for both gardening and agricultural tasks
  • Picks up bulky material for cleanup tasks

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This fork is great for loading the wheelbarrow up with manure or compost and spreading your garden gold around the beds. I find it also is a great alternative to a hay rake when you don’t have one of those around.


Digging Fork

True Temper 2812200 4-Tine Spading Digging Fork with 30 in. Hardwood D-Grip Handle, 30 Inch
  • Forged spading fork head
  • 4 diamond pointed steel tines for easy soil penetration
  • 30-inch hardwood handle for strength and durability
  • Poly D-Grip for added leverage and control
  • Made in the USA

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This fork has thicker forks for digging into soil or compacted manure. When you need a heavy-duty pitchfork, this is the tool you need. I find this particular fork in my hand the most around the homestead.


Pruning Saw

Gardeness Pruning Folding Saw – 160mm Carbon Steel Hand Saw for Trees with Three Edged Teeth – Ergonomic PP Handle Tree Branch Cutter – Ideal for Garden Pruning, Hiking, Camping. Made In Taiwan
  • A Must In Your Gardening Kit: Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, hiker, camper, or you simply...
  • Heavy Duty Materials: This wood saw is made with premium quality, durable materials, a combination...
  • User-Friendly Design: This tree branch cutter features a convenient, ergonomic design with non-slip...
  • Ultra-Sharp Blade: Featuring excellent blade hardness providing long durability, impulse hardened 3...
  • Multifunctional Tool: The Gardeness root saw has wide applications in your everyday life, being...

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When the pruning job is a little too big for the loppers you need to break out a more serious tool. That’s when you need a pruning saw. You can get bigger ones with a sheath but I find the folding ones are heavy-duty enough for most jobs.


Pole Pruning Saw

DocaPole 6-24 Foot Pole Pruning Saw // Double-Duty Extension Pole + GoSaw Attachment // Long Extension Pole Saw // Telescopic Tree Pruner // Extendable Limb Saw and Trimmer // Use on Pole or By Hand
  • 2X STRONGER TREE PRUNING SAW: New 2020 model featuring the DocaPole Double-Duty Extension Pole that...
  • HIGH REACH AND READY TO GO - 28 feet of pruning reach when used while standing so you never have to...
  • TIP: LET THE SAW DO THE WORK: Focus on the back and forth cutting motion with the pole and let the...
  • RAZOR SHARP 13 INCH BI-DIRECTIONAL BLADE WITH 3X TOOTH DESIGN: Dual-use saw that can be used as a...
  • THUMB LEVER CLASPS WITH ABILITY TO TIGHTEN POLE SECTIONS: Extend to needed length starting with...

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Sometimes you need to get to things a little higher up but you don’t want the instability of working from a ladder. Having a pole pruning saw can help you handle the pruning of your larger trees on the homestead.


Weed Scythe

Galapara Manual Steel Weed Scythe with Grinding Stone, Portable Classic Durable Weeder, Garden Farm Tool Solid Wooden Handle 4' 7"
  • This ergonomic scythe is ideal for cutting grass and weeds for a tidy garden, and it is great for...
  • With the length of 4' 7'', the steel snath has two short wooden handles at right angles with one...
  • The 1' 11'' curved blade is made of durable steel for years of service.
  • Delivery also includes a grinding stone for sharpening the blade to ensure smooth cutting.
  • Ideal for mowing and weeding, this ergonomic file is ideal for cutting gardens, making it ideal for...

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If you have a larger area of weeds you need to cut or cover crops you need to drop, the Weed Scythe is a great tool. I will admit that getting used to using this tool properly and efficiently takes a little work and time but when you get it you can cut it quickly.


2 Wheel Wheelbarrow

Pure Garden 708374AKO Wheelbarrow, Green
  • LARGE CAPACITY TRAY- The tray of this wheelbarrow is made of strong polyurethane, has a 5 cubic foot...
  • DURABLE FRAME- The metal frame of the wheelbarrow features an industrial powder coat paint to...
  • IMPROVED BALANCE- The two-wheeled axle on this utility dump cart greatly improves the balance and...
  • EASY TO USE- The handle features a comfort grip to make the wheelbarrow easier to push, pull or...
  • PRODUCT DETAILS- Materials: Polyurethane and Metal. Overall Dimensions: 56.5” L x 19” H....

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Every permaculture homestead needs a wheelbarrow but maybe you have never used a two-wheel wheelbarrow. Once you do you will never want to go back to a single wheel again.


Garden Cart

Juggernaut Carts - GW3418-GR Steel Utility Garden Wagon, 400 lb. Load Capacity, 21-3/4" Height x 34" Length x 18" Width
  • Steel mesh crate with powder-coated finish for durability and corrosion resistance
  • D-style handle for pulling the wagon
  • Four 10" pneumatic rubber tires for use outdoors and on most flooring types
  • Steel mesh crate with powder-coated finish for durability and corrosion resistance

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I find I am constantly moving an amazing amount of stuff around the property. Tools, plants, soil, whatever you’re moving around it is nice to get it all and one trip and easily pull it around.


Reel Lawnmower

American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14 14-Inch 4-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower, Red
  • 4-blade reel with a cutting width of 14” and durable 8.5” polymer wheels for maximum...
  • Mechanical lawn mower with an adjustable blade height of 0.5”-1.75” with scissor action cut
  • Manual grass cutter blades made of heat-treated alloy steel that stays sharp for years
  • Environment-friendly alternative to gas-powered lawn mowers which is pollution-free and noise-free;...
  • Capable of cutting grass up to 4 inches tall

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Permaculture homesteaders don’t have lawns, do they? Well, some do but that isn’t why you need this tool. I find the best pathways throughout my garden and food forest are clover walkways. I won’t get into all the benefits of using clover here but the fact is you will need to occasionally cut down the height of your paths a bit and a reel mower works great for that.


Garden Rake

Bully Tools 92309 12-Gauge 16-Inch Bow Rake with Fiberglass Handle and 16 Steel Tines, 58-Inch
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Commercial grade
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Extra thick 10 gauge steel
  • 16 tine steel head

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Every gardener needs a heavy-duty garden rake to spread out soil and amendments on the garden. You could probably do it by hand or with a shovel but a rake makes it easier.


Yard Rake

SHADE SPRING Adjustable Leaf Rake Portable Lightweight Metal Rake for Garden Lawn Yard Patio Cleaning 65 Inch
  • 🍂 Durable Material - Made of lightweight galvanized iron, the zinc layer on the surface for less...
  • 🍂 Adjustable Range - Telescoping from 30 inches to 65 inches and the teeth width from 7 to 21...
  • 🍂 Lightweight - The yard leaf rake only 0.84kg. Suitable for all people without burden ,...
  • 🍂 Rubber Handle Design - The rubber adjustable handle is easier to hold and more comfortable than...
  • 🍂 Package Include - The package includes a rake and a pair of garden gloves. Operating the rake...

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Having a yard rake to gather up cut grass and leaves for the compost bin is a necessity for every homeowner let alone gardener. I particularly like the ones that adjust the fan width of the rake to make it stiffer for heavier raking needs.


Scoop Shovel

AMES 2672100 Aluminum Scoop with Hardwood Handle and D-Grip, 45-Inch
  • Aluminum blade is rust proof
  • Thick aluminum alloy for maximum strength
  • Large poly D-grip for leverage and control
  • Hardwood handle for strength and durability

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Sometimes you have to move things like compost in bulk and the compost is too loose for a pitchfork. A lightweight scoop shovel will allow you to quickly move a lot of stuff very quickly saving you some time for the more fun things.


Round Point Shovel

Fiskars 397960-1001 PRO Shovel, Digging, 44 Inch, Silver
  • The Fiskars Pro D-handle Digging Shovel features an extruded aluminum handle and double-bolted...
  • Extended shank improves strength and has an optimized angle for digging and prying
  • Heavy-gauge steel stands up to any task, while the head’s sharpened edge makes it easier to dig,...
  • D-handle keeps your wrist in a neutral position to reduce strain, while its shorter length allows...
  • Full lifetime warranty

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When you have got to dig dirt this is the shovel you need. the point helps you cut into hard soil with ease and will save you some frustration if you are using the wrong tool for the job.


Square Point Shovel

Bully Tools 62520 35 in. Fiberglass D-Grip Handle 14-Gauge Steel Square Point Shovel
  • Handle designed to increase leverage and reduce fatigue
  • Manufactured strong and durable
  • Perfect tool for digging and landscaping
  • Wide forward step provides greater control
  • High strength fiberglass handle

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Great for that intermediate work where it’s a little too heavy and hard for a scoop shovel but the round point shovel isn’t necessary and too small. I find this shovel in my hands most often when I need a shovel.


Garden Spade

AMES 2593800 Tempered Steel Garden Spade with Hardwood Handle and D-Grip, 43-Inch
  • Use in the confined areas between vegetables and closely planted flowers
  • Arched blade design cuts sod in straight and curved shapes easily
  • Dig and transplant perennials and other flowers
  • Poly D-grip adds more leverage as you work

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I find this to be the best tool for digging holes for tree planting. The shape and durability of the shovel makes it great for digging in compacted, rocky, or root fill soil.


Pocket Knife

Kershaw Oso Sweet (1830) Folding Pocketknife with Satin-Finished 3.1-Inch 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Blade, Glass-Filled Nylon Handle, SpeedSafe Assisted Open, Liner Lock, Reversible Pocketclip; 3.2 OZ. , Black
  • 3.1-inch, easy to maintain 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade with a non-reflective, satin appearance
  • Black Glass-filled nylon handle with comfortable Contour and textured "scale" pattern, for a unique...
  • Great for maintenance professionals, anglers, backpackers, hikers, landscapers, campers and more
  • Feature rich handle includes Speed Safe assisted opening, a secure locking liner, convenient...
  • Classic drop-point blade is perfect for a number of tasks like opening packages, cutting cordage,...

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Let’s wrap up the tool list with one that maybe nobody thinks of as a necessary permaculture garden tool. When I am working around the homestead my pocket knife has to come out for a job constantly and a couple of times in my life when I lost my knife I immediately bought another one. This tool is a must-have in my opinion for every gardener.


Harold Thornbro

Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Public Speaker, Teacher, Homesteading and Permaculture Enthusiast. If You're Looking For Me, You'll Find Me In The Garden.

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