Summary: While there are many fancy tools on the market that a backyard gardener could buy, there are really only a few that are really necessary to be successful.
Many people are trying their hand at growing their own food and for good reason. It’s simple, inexpensive and very rewarding. Having a small garden in the backyard is a satisfying hobby that doesn’t take a large investment and it can yield great results with just a few basic tools. Although there are many fancy gardening tools available to home gardeners at retail stores or online, there are only few basic tools that you really need to get a good start.
• Gardeners knee pads and gardening gloves. These are definitely considered must-haves since much of the work associated with gardening is done with your hands in a kneeling position. Comfortable gloves and protective knee pads will ensure that your gardening experience is pleasurable and safe.
• Long-handled shovel. Although not used every day, a shovel is an indispensable tool for moving dirt around and digging holes for trees or shrubs. If you don’t have one of these, you will probably wish you did at some point in the gardening season.
• Wheelbarrow. For hauling refuse or dirt you will need some sort of garden cart. The most common is the wheelbarrow, but if you don’t have one of those, a children’s wagon can just as easily be used instead.
• Garden rake. Different from a leaf rake, the garden rake is sturdier with short, metal tines attached to a metal frame. This kind of rake is used to level the planting surface after the ground has been tilled.
• Long-handled garden hoe. A hoe is used to keep the soil broken up around young plants so that they can more easily absorb water and necessary nutrients for optimum growth.
• A method of delivering water. Most gardens need additional water during the growing season. For a small patio garden, a watering can will do the trick, but for larger gardens, a watering hose with a sprinkler attached would be a better choice.
• Pruning shears. Also called hand clippers and trimmers, pruning shears are used to remove dead branches, shape hedges and thin plants. They should also fit in your hand comfortably.
Gardening is becoming more popular than ever among city dweller and suburbanites. Fortunately, this rewarding pastime does not require a lot of money or space for a large inventory of tools. With just a few basic gardening tools, you can grow a beautiful and bountiful garden.