For your amusement, here’s an actual script from a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from the USDA. The quaint announcement, produced by the United States’ Department of Agriculture’s Radio Service (1945), was titled, “Garden Tools… from Victory Garden Headquarters of the United States Department of Agriculture.”
One touch of Spring and we feel the urge to garden. Almost anytime now… we’ll want to get out and get started. But no one can do much gardening with her hare hands. So first… it’d be wise for us to check over the garden tools. Make sure they’re within reach and in good shape . The gardening specialists of the United States Department of Agriculture tell us that only a few tools are necessary in a small garden. One of them is a good spade or spading fork. (And, by the way, experienced gardeners are using their spades these days… just as soon as the soil gets dry enough to crumble in their hands. They figure that by spading early, they save on the growing weather when it gets here.)
Along with a spade or spading fork, a gardener needs a steel bow rake and a hoe. The common seven-inch hoe with a socket handle fitting does a good job. But to get the best work with the least effort… (a thing we all are interested in doing) … that hoe should be kept clean and sharp. Then…when it comes to laying off rows, they’ll be straight if you use a good, strong cord tied between a couple of stakes to guide you.
Finally, you’ll save a lot of stooping and lifting when dry weather comes if you can get enough hose to reach all parts of your garden. And here’s a tip on taking care of that hose. Of course rubber garden hose should be coiled and under cover when it’s not in use. But did you ever think that when it’s hung on one peg, there’s danger of it pinching and breaking? If you do hang the hose up, be sure there are two or three pegs to hang it on… and that they’re spaced far enough apart so the weight of the coil is well distributed.