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Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway

Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway

Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway


Use a pencil as a transplanter or a can for making newspaper seedling pots, both indispensable when it comes to seeding and transplanting seedlings. But I’d no sooner use a pencil to plant a tree than I’d use a screw driver as a can opener.

The adage, the right tool for the job, is akin to right plant, right place. A quiver of tools meeting the tasks at hand are an opportunity — optimizing time, minimizing frustration and, honestly, they’re a whole bunch of fun. And, while I’ve opened a can with a screw driver, I wouldn’t recommend it.

When AMES Tools approached me to post a tool review and giveaway I saw it as an opportunity to revisit the tools we use to craft our gardens. I like to think we’re only as good as our imaginations and some would say we’re only as good as our tools. But maybe the right tools inspire imagination and show us what’s possible? Anyway, that’s what the kids have shown me.


Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway


AMES Garden Tools

AMES got its start as a company when Captain John Ames forged his first shovel in 1774. You could say they know their tools, having literally “grown up” with the United States. They have a long history of creating efficiencies, perfecting designs and reacting to customer feedback.

Of their broad selection of garden tools, here are just a few:

  • Short Handled Shovel: What is a garden without a shovel? And a short handled shovel at that. Perfect for people of all sizes and an easy to hold grip, even kids are be happy to get in there and move some earth and plant. Plus I love that the “long end” of the handle doesn’t have the same consequences as a true long handled shovel (those inevitable times when someone will forget there are two ends to it and swing around nearly clocking you in the process).
  • 16 Tine Bow Rake: The 16 tine bow rake is the kid favorite, perfect for adding finishing touches to the fort nestled under the hedge. Or use it to prepare your beds for spring planting, uproot weeds, spread your compost and level soil to reduce any chance of puddling or pooling of water. The comfort grip and long reach make for easy work.
  • 2 Prong Weeder: I love my double sided hand hoe. It’s one of my go-to tools, especially when I need to work an area quickly. Pulling weeds and giving a light till to soil. AMES 2 prong weeder is the back-saving alternative. No need to crouch or kneel and the job is done. Weeds and problem areas cleaned up just like that.
  • Transplanter: And then there’s the transplanter. This is a beautiful tool and I love beautiful things. It has a sturdy, wood handle and a spade designed to plant. Plus it’s equipped with a ruler etched on the trowel, making for more precise gardening when you need it.

I only have one complaint, I didn’t ask to test a pickax. The pickax I own exists in two pieces. The pick itself floating free, up and down the handle. I have to be sure it’s secure at the end before swinging or it comes down to my hands. AMES tools appear to have sturdy, long-lasting joinery.


Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway!


The Giveaway

Start spring with a new set of tools! The giveaway is a starter kit, designed to give you and your garden an upgrade or simply get you off to a racing start. Valued at approximately $120, enter for a chance to win! The growing season is just around the corner.

Here’s the kit:

  • 2 prong weeder hoe
  • short handled, round pointed shovel
  • 16 tine bow rake
  • wood handled transplanter
  • wood handled trowel
  • 8 inch poly shrub rake
  • spading fork
  • bulb planter


Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway


Terms & Conditions:

The AMES Spring Tool Giveaway begins March 10th at 8am PST and ends March 20th, the first day of spring, at noon PST. AMES will send the winner the set of 8 tools listed above once the winner and winner’s shipping address are confirmed. The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the raffle closure. The winner must come forward and provide a shipping address within 48 hours. Entrants must be 18 years or older and live in the United States. All methods of entry are 100% optional.

Disclosure: I received free tools from AMES in exchange for writing a tool review on PASS THE PISTIL and for the opportunity to give something back to my readers. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and are in no way influenced by AMES. Huge thanks to the GROW WHAT YOU LOVE community and to AMES for making it possible.


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  1. Jen March 20, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. Bren March 20, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Beautiful images Emily – I’m a huge fan of your site. These tools look like they can get the job done for sure. What a great opportunity for a gardener to start the season out with a new set of tools. The right tool for the right job!
    Happy Spring – looking forward to following you into summer. Bren

    • Emily Murphy March 22, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Thanks, Bren! Happy Spring! And ditto, looking forward to growing with you and sharing! Emily

  3. Connie pierson March 18, 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Thank you SO very much! What a fantastic giveaway!

  4. Fee Roberts March 17, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I found you on the Garden Blogger #GIVEAWAYS group.

    • Emily Murphy March 18, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Wonderful! So glad the Garden Blogger #GIVEAWAYS group exists!

  5. Gee Hatt March 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    When I saw the ‘give away’ of Ames garden tools, had to enter. I have an Ames shovel, bought it because it was made in the USA and looked like a ‘sturdy’ one, and it has proven to be a great tool. Would highly recommend. :-)

    • Emily Murphy March 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear! I found AMES tools to be the same, sturdy and easy to handle. Happy you found the giveaway and Pass The Pistil. :)

  6. cathy March 14, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    thanks for giveaway, husband andi were just talking about the tools that had to be replaced this spring and you’ve got it covered

    • Emily Murphy March 15, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Perfect! I’m making my spring list too, don’t want to miss a moment… and the right tools help. :)

  7. Modern Mia March 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    EM! Love it! I’m to get lost in your blog. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    • Emily Murphy March 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Awwww! Thanks for saying so! You’re the best. xoxo Em

  8. Sheila Bowden March 13, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

    i heard about Ames through the tool giveaway connected to Helen Yoest Garden Giveaway Facebook page

    • Emily Murphy March 13, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Wonderful! Thanks for visiting. I’m a Helen Yoest fan too. So glad she could share the giveaway and for you to have found it! :)

  9. Gwendolyn Rose March 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Will enjoy the newsletter/blog. I appreciate learning about your site because of being a gardener and enjoying giveaways. Thank you I’ve had a great gardening day to establish my spring planting, but the tools are wearing out. These are great tools. I really like Ames tools.

    • Emily Murphy March 13, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Perfect. These tools are sturdy, easy to hold and carry. Sounds like a great match. Thanks for visiting and entering the giveaway! Good luck to you and everyone.

  10. Katharine March 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I am a lifetime gardener and always love garden ideas and methods to try. Its challenging to urban garden, but so worth it! Great website!

    • Emily Murphy March 13, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Katherine, thanks for the kudos! I appreciate it. And so happy you found me and the site. Looking forward to hearing more about your gardening adventures. Best, Emily <3

  11. Carol Yemola March 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I found out about this fantastic giveaway via your facebook post. Thanks a million and happy planting!

    • Emily Murphy March 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carol! And yes, happy planting! Spring is here!

  12. Theresa Meehan Currie March 12, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    It’s gardening time again, and what better way to get it started with new tools. Ames has always had a great reputation fir quality tools! I am definitely in need of a few new ones this year!!!!

    • Emily Murphy March 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I agree! It’s like Christmas in March, spring & new tools! What could be better? :)

  13. Donna@Gardens Eye View March 12, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    What a great giveaway….I am overwhelmed at how much this wonderful company is giving away…and thank you Emily for having this giveaway.

    • Emily Murphy March 12, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to host, such a wonderful way to start spring! <3

  14. Peggy March 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Great idea for spring! I am glad they contacted you and would love to win the tools!

  15. Paul March 10, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Thank you for posting about the Ames tool give away. The right tool does make gardening more fun and less frustrating. Have Fun in the Garden!

    • Emily Murphy March 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome! And thank you! I completely agree. The right tool adds to the sense of adventure. :)