The German Harvest Basket
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This metal basket with its wood spool handle is one of the most useful, and it will become one of the most beloved, garden tools you ever own – this is NO exaggeration.
This basket is made in Germany by a family-owned and run enterprise. The family’s name is Dippe. They had been making metal baskets like the one in the photo for many, many decades, but after World War II, they and their enterprise got caught behind the Iron Curtain, and they decided to stop manufacturing. For more than 40 years they waited until the Iron Curtain finally came down in 1989, then they began to manufacture their marvelous baskets again.
The basket will last several lifetimes – it is made from galvanized metal, and will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in plumbing bills, because it allows you to take your vegetables, flowers and herbs right from the garden and clean them thoroughly with your hose before bringing them into the house. The mud and stones remain outside your home not down your drain.
We believe that this basket is the best harvest basket manufactured. Its oblong shape accommodates many vegetables and flowers with long stems – items that do not fit well in a round basket. Its size is large enough to handle a daily harvest, but not so large that, when filled, it is too heavy to carry in from the garden.
The only wood is in the handle, so unlike metal baskets that are rimmed with wood or wooden baskets or woven baskets, this harvest basket will last forever. It does not have parts that will rot and it does not rust.
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The German Harvest Basket
Gardening tools basically perform 9 functions within and around the garden environment: digging, cultivating, propagating, planting, cutting, watering, composting, holding and hauling and raking and sweeping.
Digging tools have been traced as far back as 1100 BC when the Chinese created and used a bronze spade. The Romans are responsible for proliferating soil digging tools throughout Western culture. When the Roman Empire went into decline, the technology of the forge nearly disappeared and with it many tools. It took nearly 500 years before garden tools reemerged. Cultivating tools, those that allowed for the turning of the soil and weeding, were also developed during the Roman Empire and proliferated in Europe during the Middle Ages. Propagating knowledge is as old as civilization itself. Propagating tools, like cold frames and cloches (bell-shaped glasses meant to protect seedlings from frost) were recognized by the earliest Native Americans and the Medieval Europeans and may trace it roots as far back as Noah.
Planting tools like dibbers, trowels and bulb planters were used during the Roman times. Cutting tools are believed to have originated around 6000 BC and were first used to trim grapevines. Watering and composting began with the advent of agriculture and perhaps the best example of long term systematic watering was the annual flooding of the Nile Basin in Egypt. The very first water carrying tools were gourds used by prehistoric peoples. Holding and hauling for agricultural purposes began very early with baskets being used before 4000 BC and wheelbarrows being developed in China in 200 AD. Raking and sweeping tools have been part of gardening culture for at least 500 years in Western culture.
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