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Fall 2016 Mercantile: Best Gardening Tools

Our editors recommend their favorite gardening tools and accessories on the market, including stirrup hoes, hori-hori knives, linen aprons, and more.

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors
Fall 2016

Linen apron
Photo by Jake LaSorsa

Conscious Clothing’s organic linen gatherer smock has deep pockets for eggs, seed packets, and other treasures you may find or use on the homestead. Plus, the crisscross, apron-style back makes it a cinch to toss on when the garden or kitchen calls. Available in eight colors and ranging in size from XS to XL, this lovingly made smock makes a great gift for environmentally conscious gardening gals.

Managing Editor Hannah Kincaid tosses this apron over her office clothes when she’s antsy for after-work gardening time. The $135 price tag helps support a small clothing company based out of Rockford, Michigan, that prioritizes sustainable and low-impact materials. The staff designs, cuts, sews, stamps, and prints all of their products by hand. Prepare to be impressed at

Garden seeder
Photo courtesy of Hoss Tools

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