I like to use a linoleum tool that has a handle and a shape like a sickle to do hand weeding around plants that I plan to smother weeds with mulch. Gets right where you want to go. A big huge screw driver is great for digging dandelions (then eat them of course!) I use old sheets for dragging mulch, weeds, leaves, etc. whereever I want them. Used to commandeer the kids little red wagon, but not so much now that i'm into the sheets. Have an old rusted metal yard chair that I'm considering using as a trellis. If it just didn't look so darn ugly until the vines grew up. Of course I'd never buy pots, recycle every plastic thing that comes in the house. And yes, you sure can recycle potting soil. Just pour boiling water through it and kill any bad bacteria that might have caused damping off. Innoculate with your own good stuff from compost tea. My neighbor keeps plastic buckets with a little leaves at the bottom outside to fill naturally with the rain. He uses this to water his seedlings. Very nutritious.