What’s the Most Expensive Or Useless Garden Equipment You’ve Seen Or Bought. See If You Can Better These Examples.

When it comes to the most Expensive Or Useless Garden Equipment it’s likely that one person’s choice of useless or expensive will be another’s perfect choice. But over the next few months I’m challenging readers to nominate their ideas about what is useless or has a rip off price tag.

Expensive Garden Equipment Items 1

Here’s my first exhibit. It might be that some of you find it a useful piece of gear, but to me it’s pretty useless. It’s a soil tamper. Clearly a lot of care has gone into its design and manufacture which is reflected in its price tag of £13.99 (PLUS £4.99 delivery).

Its ergodynamic features make it ideal for firming soil around plants and in seed trays. And to think I’ve spent years using another seed tray pressed into the filled one to firm it up. And when I’ve had no spare seed tray I’ve tapped the filled on on the bench to firm the compost. My sheltered upbringing has clearly left gaps in my gardening journey!

An Expensive Hole In the Garden?

My second choice is a bit like the polo mint. It is a hole with just a bit of surround. I know some of you will think I’m way off course with this one. And I’m sure someone will start an expensive hole appreciation society … or perhaps it already exists.

The name of this item is a raised bed!

Don’t get me wrong. I can see some value in raised beds in limited situations. And I know some readers love them, cherish them and paint them beautiful colours. I’ve even heard about family battles over who should inherit the family raised bed. And didn’t Shakespeare leave his second best raised bed to his wife?

But let’s face it what we are being sold is a very flimsy bit of material around a big hole. And to make it worse the people that sell them then offer us expensive stuff, such as compost, to fill the hole with. It’s like adding insult to injury.

The price of this particular big hole in the ground is £119.99. The saving of that one penny off of £120 is clearly designed to soften the blow. And like the soil tamper a lot of thought has gone into the design. In this case the designers have carefully designed two options for us. They have a rectangular one and a square one. Having two options left me delirious with pleasure. Choices, choices, choices.

Of course the choices go even further. Some of the holes in the ground are much taller. Some are a goo metre high and take even more expensive stuff to fit them. But my designer had stretched himself to his design limits and only did short raised beds. In fact they are so low I’m not sure if the term raised shouldn’t be disputed and we should hold a referendum on the choice of a more appropriate descriptive name. And in these PC days perhaps we should be careful about or use of the terms we use. The more literary amongst my readers might consider how author David Lodge might have suggested the term, a bed of restricted vertical dimensions. I can’t possibly comment.

Your Challenge

So I’ve started the ball rolling. Give me your choices in the comments sections below. I’ll add the best to what I suspect will be a growing list of Expensive Or Useless Garden Equipment

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3 thoughts on “Expensive Or Useless Garden Equipment

  1. Tim Farndon says:

    Bingo!!! The small tamper is exactly what i need to control or stop my TN agony by fixing it to a wall so i can lean back to apply pressure to the only spot near my spine! My wife can press it for a while & we’ve tried to position a meat mallet handle with modest result. However nearly £20 is a touch pricey!!!

  2. Paul Woolley says:

    Although it is very well made and I am sure it does a good job in the right place my wolf garten potato ridger has hardly ever been in the soil. My beds are 8 or 10 feet long and it takes most of this for the ridger to start working. I use my trusty push pull hoe to ridge up the potatoes along with hoeing, planting modules, sowing seeds, edging lawns etc,etc.

  3. Michael says:

    Use pallet collars £5
    Dig a layer of soil out.
    Put a layer of twigs waste plant material manure etc
    Replace soil
    I find them easier to manage and use in tandem with ordinary beds.

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