For the detail-oriented gardener and those who want to keep their gardening as simple as possible, double the functionality of your rake or any long handled tool by converting it into a measuring stick. Just as brewers and chefs use dig sticks to quickly measure the volume of liquid in their pots by creating notches at specific intervals, gardeners can do the same thing by marking different measurements directly onto their gardening tools.

Tools Required:

  • Two-handed gardening tool
  • Measuring tape
  • Permanent marker

Lay your long handled tool on a flat surface and place a tape measure beside it. Using a permanent marker, mark various lengths directly onto the handle. We recommend making larger sized marks at each foot or metre length, and smaller sized marks at each 1/2 foot or quarter meter mark.

The next time you need to measure the distance between seeds or plants, you’ll be ready to go with a measuring stick right in your hand.

Cover Image by Casey Fleser, used under its Creative Commons license.

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