Oh, the gifts we gardeners get for Christmas and birthdays!
We love pruners and pots and plants. Gardening books and calendars. And tools!
And they don’t even have to be new tools. They can be old, like this hoe.
It’s an old Asian hoe that my brother got me for Christmas.
As hoes go, it’s fairly heavy and has an interesting bend to it. You can tell by the way the blade is worn that it was used and sharpened quite a bit by someone, somewhere, for some time.
I can just imagine that perhaps it was used on a terraced slope in some far off place called Asia. Or maybe it was used in the rice fields of China?
Through this hoe, and others like it, we can connect with other gardeners from other times and imagine gardening in other places, even other centuries.
That’s what I like best about old gardening tools like this. They remind us that gardening has been going on since the beginning of time, and though we have many new fangled tools to use in our gardens, the basic tools like hoes, shovels, rakes and trowels have remained mostly unchanged over the centuries.
They are timeless, just like gardening.