Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Gardening Equipment - Who Needs It?

Right, you're knee deep in your garden, all engrossed and blissed out, so are you going to break the spell, get up and search around for exactly the right tool to complete what you're trying to accomplish?

Well, if that tool isn't conveniently to hand, then chances are, you're going to improvise and make do with what you can lay your hands on in the immediate vicinity.

That shiny new gardening tool might look really cool, and well it's the latest thing so you've just got to have it, right? Before you part with your hard-earned cash, I suggest you think long and hard about whether you'll actually use it. Or, whether you'll use it often enough to actually justify the expense.

It's certainly tempting to buy all of the new-fangled gardening gadgets that you see advertised in the catalogues or at the garden center, and the advertisers will certainly do their best to convince you that you really can't possibly do without their super-deluxe widget. But, just stop. You've been managing perfectly well without this watchamacallit device for a long time, haven't you? You've probably already developed your very own tested way of doing whatever this device promises to do.

Now, that's not to say that this wonder gardening device wouldn't make your life easier or shorten the time it takes to carry out that essential gardening task. But, hey, this gardening lark isn't exactly a sprint is it? You're doing it because you love it, aren't you? It relaxes you and enables you to forget the other stressful aspects of your life for a few hours, so who cares if this particular task done your very own patented way takes ten minutes longer to accomplish than it would with wonder-widget?

Be honest with yourself, if you spend all that money on this ultra-modern gardening contraption, aren't you just going to go back to doing that task your own old way in double-quick time? And that expensive gardening device will just end up as the star item in your next garage sale.

With all that said, it's certainly true that some gardening jobs are definitely easier with the right equipment. If you have some disability it is also sensible to get hold of some specially-adapted gardening tools to ensure that your gardening hobby doesn't aggravate your disability.

Just be sensible and spend some time thinking about what you really need rather than emptying your wallet on something that some clever advertiser has convinced you that you want. That way your garden shed won't end up being some kind of garden implement museum, full to bursting with shiny tools that never get to justify their existence with some honest toil.

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