Four Tools for the New Homestead
I have only been able to say “I’m a homesteader” for 2 years and 4 months but there are a few things that I can tell you with raging certainty – there are tools you just have to have.
WHY GET THESE TOOLS?
Because they will save your sanity, your fingers, your back, and so many more important things.
These are the tools I use the most often now and they are the things I just COULD NOT live without! So let’s get started!
I’m a 5’2 young lady and, until just recently, I wasn’t too physically active. Also, until just recently, I was able to “push” all of the heavy liftings, carrying and wheelbarrowing off onto my wonderful husband. Those days are passed and gone, for now. So a wagon was a must!
This wagon is a little bit pricey at $69.98 but, I’ll tell you me, I would spend the money over and over again. No more wheel burrowing 12 loads of dirt to those raised beds! It even has a “dump” feature so you don’t have to shovel all the dirt OUT after you’ve shoveled it IN! Multiple bags of feed to carry over an acre? This wagon is your helping hand. Click the picture to make the best, smartest purchase of your homesteading life!
(Okay, one of the best)
This was something I found about a year and a half into my homesteading journey. After many deep cuts and scrapes from using various types of wire and getting smacked, and I mean SMACKED, in the head by various pieces of wood I thought “There has to be a way to keep this in place!”.
To my surprise, it turns out I had walked by my solution many-a’-times in Home Depot. WALLAH! The Ratchet Bar Clamp. Clamp down that wire to your wood before stapling it down! Needing to screw in a board vertically to another board? Clamp that down, too! I currently own four of these and I periodically order more. You can get my personal favorite by clicking the picture below!
Oh, the tin snips. I am probably the most grateful for the tin snips. What a wonderful, yet obvious, creation. They’re just like scissors but for WIRE.
Picture this. You have hardware cloth that you’re using for the sides of your bunny hutches (not the bottom where they walk). You have to cut a piece of hardware cloth (let’s just say it like it is, WIRE cloth) and all you have are wire cutters. You’re cutting one itty-bitty square at a time all while your arms are bleeding like you have been running through briars and not only are you being injured but it is adding years to your life. All of this is fixed with tin snips! It changed my whole game when building my hutches.
Needed wire fencing cut? Use your tin snips! It’s almost exactly like cutting a piece of thick paper with regular scissors. And the best part of it? It is SO rewarding just cutting through the wire like you’re the hulk.
Yes, folks, you read that correctly. The Hand Rakes. Now, these may seem so silly but here is why these will come in handy.
The first reason is maybe more of a personal reason but here it is – I live in Florida. In my yard, I don’t have beautiful oak trees or maple trees or anything that drops a nice, beautiful leaf. I have pine trees. Not only pine trees, but slash pine trees and these trees drop very large, very sharp needles on the ground. They aren’t fun to pick up, gloves or not, and these wonderful hand rakes fixed that problem right up!
The second reason is that I bet you’d rather have a scorpion trying to crawl up a big plastic hand rake than up that nice cotton glove, or even better, YOUR BARE HAND, huh? Do yourself a favor y’all and buy these cheap, minimalist hand rakes.
You’re important. Your back is important and your hands are important and, maybe most importantly, your head is important. Make a couple investments – buy these tools. They’ll last you ages and save your sweet mama, grandmama, and babies from hearing those swear words they don’t want to hear.
Happy Homesteading, y’all!