What tools are needed for vegetable gardening? It doesn’t require much. There are tools and supplies that make gardening easier. Here are our top 10 gardening tools, along with some helpful tips for caring for them.
The right tools can make all the difference when you start a garden, whether it’s your first or second time. It’s easy to get distracted by all the latest gardening tools you see online or in garden centers. Keep your focus on quality tools that are durable and simple. These photos show that some of our tools don’t look too fancy, but they have been around for almost a lifetime.
As an example, we have provided links to product websites. These links are not intended to endorse these brands or products. They’re provided only for the purpose of helping our readers understand the tool we’re referring to. It is up to you to choose the right tool for your needs at the best price.
10 Tools to Digging and Preparing the Gardens Bed
We recommend that you have a hand trowel, pruners and shovel if you are limited on funds. As you grow your garden, you will also discover what tools you actually need. It is most likely on this list. This is.
A trowel is small shovel that can be used to dig small holes in soil for seeds or for measuring the depth of soil. It also helps you remove tough weeds. A trowel should have a sturdy, narrow blade (stainless-steel is a good choice) that can cut through the soil quickly and has a comfortable grip. It is a gardening ally.
A hand cultivator works in the same way as a miniature garden fork but with three tines. It is useful in scratching the soil in order to remove small weeds or roughen up the soil in a container.
A set of hand trowels and cultivators can be found in many stores. Sometimes, a pruner is also available. These are essential tools for gardening.
Garden forks are similar to pitchforks and can be used for digging root crops and turning the soil over. The long, flat metal tines enable it to penetrate the soil easily and avoid smaller rocks that could block a shovel.
Garden Shovel or Spade
A shovel is a key tool for gardeners. It has a pointed, round blade that can be used to dig holes or move soil. A spade is a type of shovel with a flat, straight-edged blade. It is useful for digging holes, cutting roots and making edgings.
Digging can be difficult so make sure to pay attention to the quality of your shovel. The longer the handle is, the greater your leverage. Forged metal should have a sharp blade edge.
The hoe is used for removing weeds that are not well-rooted. A hoe can also be used to make furrows to plant seeds or to remove clumps of dirt. There are many sizes and shapes of hoop heads. Attach the metal head to the handle securely. A wooden handle made from smooth wood will resist splitting.
Ground rakes or garden rakes have metal tines that are used to smoothen soil or remove small rocks and other debris.
Tools for harvesting, deadheading and pruning
Use gardening gloves
Although gloves may not seem essential, they can prevent cuts and blisters, as well as keep your hands and fingers clean. There is nothing wrong with feeling dirt between your fingers. Look for gloves with waterproofing on the fingers and palms when digging. These nitrile gloves are popular among gardeners. If you require more protection, longer gloves may be an option.
Pruners for Hand or Pruning Shears
The garden pruner would be our best tool if we had to choose. The hand pruner can be used to trim or cut small branches of perennial plants, shrubs, trees, and other trees. A bypass-style pruning tool is the best choice. The top blade cuts through the bottom blade so that plants can heal quickly. The other type of anvil pruner is the one that the top blade presses onto the bottom. This can cause damage to the branch or stem you are cutting. You can also use a hand pruner to harvest ripe vegetables. You want to look for sharp blades and a comfortable grip.
Garden scissors are extremely thin, super-sharp, blades that can be used to deadhead (remove dead flowers), snipping stems and delicate plants, as well as for trimming. This tool is not intended to replace a hand pruner but rather to be used in conjunction with it. You should look for ergonomically designed handles.
Hori-Hori Knife: Extra
Although it isn’t an essential tool, this knife is well worth the investment. The horizon gardening knife is an addition to Western gardens. Hori-hori knives, commonly used in Asia, are a combination of a trowel and a knife. They can be used for small digging holes, harvesting, or cutting down weeds. Some models have a serrated edge that makes cutting easier. Others feature a ruler printed on the blade which aids in measuring the depth of planting.
Tools for watering
Apart from the tools you already have, consider how you will water your plants. A water source is essential.
A garden hose that can carry water over long distances is what you most need. To reach further, you can attach more than one hose. Cheap hoses can be frustrating. We recommend getting quality rubber hoses and looking for heavy-duty brass couplings that are nickel-plated. Arable sprayer heads or sprayers can deliver anything from a light sprinkle to a strong stream. Metal parts and fittings, such as brass and metal, are more durable than plastic.
Soaker hoses, which deliver water droplets to your garden beds at low pressure, are the best type of garden hose. These hoses are designed to be placed in gardens around plants and landscape shrubs, as well as lawns. They release water through the permeable material. This is important for healthy crops as well as reducing water waste.
A watering can is ideal for small jobs that require you to water your plants evenly. The watering can should be at least 2 gallons in capacity and easy to transport when full. Choose a metal or plastic model that has a removable spout. A smaller watering can is also a good idea, especially when watering small containers plants.
Additional: Watering Wands
Watering wands are ideal for those who grow in flower boxes or overhead baskets. They have long shafts that make it easier to reach the water. A watering wand provides a soft, soaking shower, unlike a regular hose nozzle. These wands can be used to water plants that are close together in your garden, without having to step on the soil.
Diverse Tools & Supplies
You can reduce the pressure on your knees by using knee pads (or padded kneelers). Squatting is easier on the back than kneeling. If either of these positions is too painful, you can bring a stool to the garden or just sit on the ground.
Leaf rakes are purpose-built. They can be used to rake up leaves, lawn clippings, and spread mulch. Metal rakes are more durable and better than wooden or plastic rakes. Securely attach the handle to your rake.
Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart
A wheelbarrow is always useful, no matter how big your garden plot. A yard cart, also known as a wheelbarrow, is used to haul soil, leaves, collect debris and many other tasks. For heavy loads, the strongest wheelbarrows can be made from one piece of steel. However, heavy-duty plastic wheels are better for home gardeners. A wheelbarrow is more maneuverable than a two-wheeler yard cart but it’s less stable. A wheelbarrow or yard wagon can help protect your back from straining while you bend over to plant your garden.
Additional Soil Monitor
A small soil tester is an inexpensive and handy “extra”. It can be inserted in the ground and read water, sun, and pH values. It will tell you when to water your plant, how much sun it is getting, and whether the soil is acidic/alkaline.
How to care for and sharpen gardening tools
Give your tools a little TLC, and they will last many years.
- Before storing, clean any tools that have come in contact with soil. Use a hose to blast the dirt off, or soak any metal parts in water. Then wipe it clean with a rag.
- If necessary, use pruning tools to remove any sap or dirt. They can be washed in soapy water and dried.
You may need to do it once a year, or more depending on your usage.
- To prevent rusting, oil should be applied to digging tools and hoes. To remove any rust spots or dirt, use a wire brush. Finally, wipe the surface clean using a rag. Apply the oil with a clean cloth.
- Use a metal file to sharpen digging tools or hoes. You can use it on the blade’s front and back edges. Work at a shallow angle. This will be easier if you clamp the tool in a vice. Finally, oil the blade edges.
- You can clean wooden handles and then smoothen them off using sandpaper or an sanding sponge. Polish them with a natural protective oil like teak oil.
- Sharpen pruning tools, loppers, and shears by holding the tool in place and using a file, whetstone, or sharpening stones appropriate to the blade’s size, you can hold it there. The cutting blade should only be sharpened. Only the stone should be worked in the same direction as its bevel. It is recommended that you use two to five passes with the file or stone. You may need to work smaller blades in a circular motion.
- Check for worn parts that need to be replaced and tighten any bolts on moving parts. Spray the tool lubricant on top. Remember to use lubricant all year, especially after pruning.