“Women make do.” That’s what we do and the garden is no exception. When something does not work, we make it work because at the end of the day, things need to get done. As ladies have twisted, pulled, pushed, and toiled in the soil over the centuries, we have done so largely with the aid of tools designed for men.

Over the last few years, we have been given some fantastic farm related gifts and have tried out dozens of products. There are more and more companies making things specifically for hard working women (including work clothing!). 

All of these products would work well for back yard gardeners, urban homesteaders, or small scale farmers.

I use every one of these products (except for one — and it’s on my Christmas list!) on a daily basis and each has proven its worth. This is my list of Top Ten Products For the Hard Working Woman in your life.

Need just the quick list? Scroll down to the bottom.

Overalls

Rosies are my absolute favorite brand of overalls for woman.  For detailed information about this wonderful product, check out my review here. In short, Rosies fit women extremely well (and have lots of pockets and even built-in knee pads).

Radius Garden Hand Weeder

I hate weeds, but I love this weeder. I am notorious for loosing hand tools in the garden however I use this tool so often that it never has a chance to get lost. The tool is a very inexpensive at under $10 and carries a Lifetime Guarantee, so if it ever breaks the company will replace it. While I purchased mine on Amazon here, the only local place I have seen them is Rural King.

Leatherman Skeletool

This is on my Christmas List! I find that I need a small pair of pliers quite often. My husband says that this is the one I need, so we will see if Santa listens to him. He has carried a Leatherman for years so I know the brand is a winner. We will have to wait and see if the one Santa gets me is what I’m looking for.

Better Garden Tools Compact Ratchet Pruner for Smaller Hands

Anyone who has any type of garden or yard needs a pruner. It is a must-have tool for spring clean-up projects like cutting flowers and trimming lower branches of vegetables like tomatoes. I like this pruner because of the way it clicks into place and does not force me to muscle though cutting a difficult branch. It is small enough to fit in the side pocket of my Rosies and fits in my hand well. I picked these up after seeing a demonstration at a Mother Earth News event.

Little Giant Muck Cart

This was given to me by my father-in-law for Christmas last year and has quickly become indispensable. This Little Giant Muck Cart is the perfect size to roll down each row and collect weeds or harvest tomatoes. I fill it with my tools and take it all over our property while I work on projects. It is big enough to hold a good amount however does not hold so much I cannot lift it. I also recommend purchasing multiple buckets for harvesting greens or mucking out chickens.

Small Radio

Any inexpensive radio will work, you can find them in most electronic sections at big box stores. I like to have music going while I work and a larger radio does not work well for me because of how often I need to move it around. I like to set a small inexpensive model in my muck bucket and roll it around with me. I do not recommend a very expensive model because you will be taking this in the garden, throwing dirt (and who knows what else) that could cause damage.  Make sure that is has an external speaker and decent reviews. I use this one Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio and it has done well over the last 2 years.

Instant Pot

We have been a bit Instant Pot crazy on the blog lately and I promise it is with good reason! This is not just a new kitchen gadget. It has made dinner much less stressful for us because even after a long day I can have dinner made and on the table in under an hour. The Instant Pot allows me to cook dinner fast without having to stand over the stove after a long day on the farm.

You can read more about why we’ve given up our slow cookers for the Instant Pot. We also give you step-by-step directions on how to unbox your Instant Pot and use it.

If you’re ready to take your Instant Pot cooking to the next level, we’ve got a list of accessory recommendations for you to check out.

And don’t forget, you can check out all of our Instant Pot recipes here!

Amazon will occasionally run massive mark downs on the Instant Pot. You can also find them on Walmart’s website.

Bog Boots

I have a pair of leather work boots that I love how ever they are no longer made so I cannot recommend them. The other farm boots I love are my Bog Boots. They are water proof, warm, and easy to get on and off. Boots heights are available in tall, mid (my favorite) and short styles.

Good Gloves

I have gone though a lot of gloves. Any time I see a pair of gloves that look like they might hold up to hard work I buy them. Most gloves for woman have very thin palms and fingers. They are made for light garden work and give out after a week of hard use. I have found two that can keep up with me, the Ironclad TCX-22-S Tuff Chix Gloves and the Wells Lamont Leather Work Gloves with Safety Cuff. I wear both weekly for different tasks. I really like the elastic wrists on the Tuff Chix gloves when we are using a saw because getting sawdust down in my glove drives me nuts. The Tuff Chix gloves also have very flexible fingers for working with small things. The Wells Lamont gloves are just a bit tougher so I use those when I am hauling wood or working with rough materials like shingles.

Farming Books

I am a researcher.  When we first bought our property I checked out every book from the library about farming, homesteading, growing, urban farming, CSAs, you name it I read it. From all that reading there are three stand outs that I now own. For me to buy a book I have to need it as a reference over and over. These are my three go-to books The Winter Harvest Handbook, The Urban Farmer and The Market Gardener. To my friends who are interested in starting their own backyard garden, I will recommend The Square Foot Garden (a method we used years ago when we first got started).

The Complete List

Leatherman Skeletool

Radius Garden Hand Weeder

Overalls

Better Garden Tools Compact Ratchet Pruner for Smaller Hands

Little Giant Muck Cart and Buckets

Small Radio

Instant Pot

Bog Boots

Wells Lamont Leather Work Gloves with Safety Cuff

Ironclad TCX-22-S Tuff Chix Gloves

The Winter Harvest Handbook

The Urban Farmer

The Market Gardener

The Square Foot Garden

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