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1. Secateurs. I use these on a daily basis and it's always handy to have an extra pair around. You never know when you will need them for trimming branches, cutting herbs, harvesting tomatoes or orchard pruning plants. Favourite brand is FELCO. They make secateurs for us lefty's too.
2. Fingerless Gloves and Warm Socks. If a job needs to get done, by gosh we get it done regardless of the weather! Slopping through mud and rain, I protect my hands and feet from the cold. I use an inexpensive pair of thin gloves underneath the fingerless gloves for warmth and flexibility.
3.The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman. There are many gardening books out there but this book gives you the basics of organic growing.
4. Reciprocating Lithium 18V Battery Powered Saw. Some of the larger pruning branches can take a lot of muscle power. It is light weight enough that I can handle it to get the pruning done. It is also a battery powered trimmer for garden clean-up.
5. Collinear Hoe. There is no need to bend down on hands and knees to weed the garden when we have the collinear hoe. It has many uses in the garden and is a tool that is used daily on the farm. Johnny Seed's carries different sizes.
6. Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson. This book isn't a gardening book. This isn't your typical super-food type of book, it is about nutrient dense food, and how the food is prepared. It has help select the foods we grow and don't grow because of the nutrient value.
7. Garden Marker. If you have ever tried to write something in the damp or cold weather. It is not fun, but with the garden marker. There is never an issue, as it remains unfaded black. We buy our pens from Little Tree Gift & Garden Centre in Nanaimo.
8. American Seed Savers Heritage Seed Catalog. Such a job to read! This one is the least inexpensive gift you will find, it is free! Heritage seeds galore - some I am sure you will not have heard of before. Instead of buying seeds, give something different that they can use and enjoy.https://www.seedsavers.org/catalog
9. Knife Supplies. Cutting greens is a big part of this farm and having a good sharp knife and a good sharper are essential. For improved safety, Lorne removed the tip. We buy our knives from Pacific Net and Twine in Parksville.