"We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us."
- Marshall McLuhan
There's no question that having the right tool for each job can make all the difference, but the tools you choose will also dictate what growing methods you can and can't use. Your tools could impact your bed spacing, your crop selection, your irrigation methods, and more. When selecting a tool, of course consider the value it may bring by solving a problem, but also consider its true cost beyond the purchase price. How much time and money will it take to repair and store over its lifetime? What are the benefits of not acquiring this tool? Tool selection will always require a balancing of costs and benefits, but ultimately, the question should be: will this tool serve me or will I waste my time and energy serving this tool?
Here is a list of the tools, equipment, and infrastructure that we have found to be compatible and most valuable with our growing methods. Some of these items are critical, while others are just nice to have around to make some jobs go a little faster. You do not need everything here to start growing so you'll have to judge what will be the most helpful in your context. I hope this list will give you a better idea of the gear you want to have in your own collection.
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"In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it. - Frank McKinney Hubbard
When you get serious about growing a substantial amount of your own food, the infrastructure you have in place becomes really important. Where will you start your seedlings, cure your onions, and wash all those carrots? You may love gardening now, but if you do all of these things in your living room, your passion may fizzle pretty fast. You can ensure that your gardening lifestyle is sustainable by equipping yourself with spaces that allow you to work comfortably and efficiently. Have fun designing and creating a productive space that you can enjoy using for years to come.