The ABCs of Homesteading: T is for Tools


Tasha Greer Garden Stakes Soil 

Hi all!  If you’ve been following my ABCs of homesteading series here on Mother Earth News, then you know I love using the alphabet to write about homesteading stuff.  We’ve worked our way through Asceticism, Borrowing, and Creativity, Ducks, Edible Landscaping, Fodder, Goats, Horticulture, Income, Jack of All Trades, Kitchen Skills, Legal Considerations, Meat, Mushrooms, Nutrition Management, Organic and Beyond, Ponds and Preparedness, Quiet Reflection, Responsibility, and Seeds, Storage, and Spice

That brings us to this post “T is for Tools”. Personally, I am a low-tech homesteader. I do as much by hand, without electricity or fossil fuels, as possible. But there are still some tools I use routinely that make my life easier and our homestead operate better.  

I bet you already guessed that I am about to give you the A-Z rundown on all the tools I have found beneficial for gardening, livestock care, food preparation, and more. Before I do though, let me give you a little advice on homestead tool selection from my own experience.

Hard Costs

Every tool you own comes with all sorts of costs. There are the obvious costs such as to buy, maintain, and operate your tools.  Then there are the more difficult to calculate costs like your time in caring for your tools and space storing them when not in use.

Psychic Costs

If you go a layer deeper, then you get to all the psychic costs of having tools. If you become dependent on a tool for your homestead activities, then you may start to worry about what would happen if you didn’t have it. That happened to me when I started heating half my greenhouse.

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