A couple weeks ago I interviewed Genevieve Schmidt, an Arcata, CA landscape designer and garden coach for an article I was writing. You can read the whole thing here and here, but this is the part I wanted to talk about:
It has never occurred to me that I could try out a tool in
my own garden before I bought it. When
I think of all the money I’ve spent on tools that fall apart, don’t fit in my
small hands, or don’t accomplish the job I’d hoped they would accomplish, I realize
that I’ve probably wasted hundreds of dollars over the years.
But when Genevieve came to my
house, she brought a tub of her favorite tools and let me play with all of
them. She had a pair of pruning shears from Bahco that she swears are better
than Felcos (gasp!); a groovy little sharpener called a Speedy Sharp, available
at garden centers and hardware stores, that fits in the pocket and easily
sharpens any kind of tool; and a very lightweight soil knife. I didn’t even know I need
a soil knife, but I’m all over it now.
Anybody else do this? Seriously, I was blown away by the idea of any kind of gardening professional coming over to my house and letting me try out tools in my own garden before I buy them. If I owned a garden center, I would seriously be thinking about a way to do this for my customers. There’s a service the big boxes can’t offer!