Gardening-Boots2OK, it’s the beginning of a new gardening year and minds turn to tools and equipment to make life easier or more efficient.

I’m currently awaiting a Wolf  two-way hoe (a birthday present) to clip into the handle I got for Christmas. I came across this wonderful tool whilst on my Heritage Gardening traineeship last year. Basically, if you don’t know, it’s twice as efficient as the normal dutch hoe, as you till the ground on the pull as well as the push stroke. I can’t wait, but it’ll be a little while yet before the ground is thawed enough for me to get it moving.

What about boots or other footwear in the garden? I find I have about 6 pairs of old shoes and boots, only one of which was purposefully bought for the garden (and not by me). This one- a padded leather boot with steel toe cap – is brilliant. But at different times of the year I find weather and ground conditions make one of my other pairs better.

What about you? Do you care what you wear? Do you hanker after some top of the range foot protection? Or do you, like me, just relegate those ‘not good enough for town’  shoes to the ‘there’s a few more years life in them yet’ rack?

Here are some pics for you to ponder- let me know if you have a favourite or what you actually wear out there!

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My own personal favourite- safe with a toe cap,but cushioned ankle support too!

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And when you finally can’t use your boots any more, turn them into a stylish planter!

Further information:

Michelle Obama’s gardening boots

Back Care when gardening

Boots as flower pots

Boots as planters

Old School Gardener

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