This may be an unusual tool to consider a garden tool but I have found my Swiss Army Knifevery useful in the garden. As you probably know Swiss Army Knives have many useful attachments from the knife itself to toothpicks. I don't use the toothpick at all but there are many other parts I use frequently.
In the picture below you can see what I consider to be one of the most useful parts of the knife, the scissors. I use the scissors for a number of things related to pruning. Mostly I take softwood cuttings with the scissors. If it's too thick for the scissors to cut I'll use my pruners that are much more substantial but for perennials these are more than sufficient. They do well as a small pair of pruners for trimming the small stuff. Of course using the scissors for what they are intended is great too! Cutting twine and string, plant tags, and all sorts of miscellaneous things.
I don't use the knife as often as the scissors but it does come in handy for cutting open bags of mulch and would come in very handy for grafting. Grafting is something I would like to attempt eventually. Grafting is basically where you take a branch of one plant and attach it to another plant's branches or root stock. Think of it like an organ transplant except it is not nearly complicated.
This little attachment has two functions. A flathead screwdriver and a bottle opener. I've used the flathead screwdriver for all sorts of things but most recently I did some hose repair that required a flathead screwdriver. It also has a Phillip's head attachment that I use that isn't pictured. Now what could that bottle opener possibly open?
It even has a handy little saw blade. I haven't used it for anything but it is nice to know I have it when I need it.
There are other attachments like nail files, tweezers (great for removing splinters), a leather punch (I use it for poking holes in containers that don't have drainage holes), and a can opener. There are all kinds of knives out there with various functions. Many knives have more functions than mine does and several have less but this knife is a very handle tool for me in the garden. Do you have an unusual tool that wasn't meant specifically for the garden that you like to use in the garden?
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Friday, May 23, 2008
One of My Favorite Garden Tools: My Swiss Army Knife
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt, and Lowe's and is available for garden consultations. Dave gardens organically, is a Real Estate agent, and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.