Today, vegetable gardening tools are bulk-produced forsale and easily attained at your local home improvement and garden center.
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At one time in our history (and now in many developing countries) garden tools were highly prized, and crucial for the livelihood of a family.
I think, we often take our gardening tools for granted and don't realize how important they really are.
In our agrarian history, a well-built hoe and a sturdy rake meant that you were able to grow food to feed yourself and our neighbors, and the people who made these gardening tools were considered essential and very important craftsmen.
Ironically if I were given a choice between two tools, I would choose my shovel and my bow rake. I could almost do everything with them - weed, plant trees, double-dig, cultivate, aerate the soil and clean things up. Of course I would dearly miss my wheelbarrow.
Historically, when man went from hunter-gatherer and began growing and extending the native food sources to using his hands and hunting tools he quickly found out that it was much easier and less painful to use different tools to work the soil. It was from this time on; man has been ingenuously creating better tools to cultivate the soil and their crops.
Today when you go into a home improvement or hardware store to buy a gardening tool, you'll be amazed with many types of tools. How do you know which one is right for the job? see Essential Gardening Tools .