Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tools for the Beginning Gardener

Sometimes people ask me what tools they need to start a garden. The list isn’t extensive, but the items listed below will make your job easier.  Gardening catalogs can tempt even the most seasoned gardener into believing a certain tool will solve all their gardening problems.  But I’d stick with the basics to start. 

Gloves:  I highly recommend a decent pair of gloves that will allow movement, but not too bulky.  They will save your hands and let you enjoy your new hobby without tearing up the skin on your hands.
Hand trowel:  Don’t skimp on this hand-held shovel.  If you can, try to get one that is stainless steel so it won’t rust.  It comes in handy for planting small plants and digging in tight areas. 
Shovel:  A shovel is the work horse of your garden.  I have two kinds:  a short handled and a long handled.  I recommend getting the best you can afford and it will last you forever.
Rake:  It’s a great tool for cleaning up the debris that falls in your garden, but don’t overspend here.
Hoe:  A hoe helps to keep your vegetable garden weed free, but not advisable for use in a perennial garden where next year’s root system is beginning to grow. There is no need to overspend on this item either.
Hose and nozzle:  Your plants need water to sustain life.  You need a long enough hose to reach every corner of your garden.  Nozzles with adjustable heads help you control the spray needed for the area you are watering. Cheap hoses are just that—cheap.  They will bend, crack, and leak. Look for a strong hose, even if you have to pay a little more.
Wheelbarrow:  This depends on the size of your garden and if you’ll need to haul extra dirt or mulch.  For a large garden, it’s worth every penny you pay for it!  Find one that is comfortable to move around.

Your turn:  What tool or gardening gadget have you been tempted to buy?

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