Gardening is a hobby that can be as big or as small as you’d like. It can be something that you spend a lot of time doing or something that you limit to maintaining once a week. It can also be something you invest a lot of money into or something that’s cost efficient with just a few basic tools.
If you’ve decided to try your hand at growing a green thumb, there are some garden tools that you can start with to help you succeed. It’s exciting to grow your own food, but maybe you don’t know where to start. There are a couple of steps you’ll need to take before you start your first garden. You’ll need a garden plan and you’ll need the necessary garden tools. This post will focus on some of the basic tools you’ll need to get started.
Here are 3 tools you will need to start your own garden. Each takes up very little space and won’t break your budget.
Garden Tools: Gloves
The first of the garden tools to start your garden is a good pair of garden gloves. Take it from someone who went outside once to pull a few weeds and ended up with a plank in her hand. OK, it was a piece of mulch, but still!
Gloves do more than protect your hands from being harpooned – they keep them protected from the dirt that has different bacteria and microorganisms in it. This can prevent you from getting any sort of infection from digging around in the dirt. While it’s actually good for your immune to be exposed to the elements when your planting and weeding you may want to wear some protection.
Wearing gloves will also help you save time. Gloves can prevent you from getting dirt under your nails. They can also help keep your hands soft, and prevent your nails from chipping or breaking.
My favorite kinds of gloves are ones that have the palms and fingertips made out of leather or some sort of rubber, with the back of the gloves made out of fabric. These seem to hold up a long time for me. They provide extra protection compared to gloves only made out of cloth. And they hug your hands so you can feel what you’re doing and be more in control.
Garden Tools: Trowel
The next garden tool you should make sure you have is a trowel. Trowels can help with a lot with small gardens. If you have a raised bed or container garden, you’ll find yourself using a trowel quite a bit. You can use a trowel to pull up weeds, break up soil, dig holes for your plants, move soil around, and squash various things that need squashing. 🙂
Trowels come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. The one shown above is made out of one solid piece of aluminum alloy. It is rust-resistant and the single piece means it won’t easily break. When the head and handle of a trowel are two separate pieces, they can bend or break over time.
Garden Tools: Watering Can
If you’re starting a small garden a watering can is an excellent tool to add to your collection before you get started. Watering cans are good if you’re starting out with a container garden. And I highly recommend a couple of potted plants before you start breaking ground. Starting out small and just having a couple of pots is a great way to get your feet wet.
A watering can is somewhat optional if you have a hose with a spray nozzle that can reach your garden. A larger garden will require more water, in which case a watering can won’t be the most efficient. If your garden is on a patio or you have house plants, then you will probably prefer to use something more portable. I use both because there are some herb pots on my front porch that like the shade. Those are watered with a watering can, along with any seedlings or house plants I have growing inside. You won’t want to water your plants with a hose without a nozzle, because it will be like a little tsunami for your plants.
Additional Garden Tools
Is that all I need to purchase? You might be asking yourself. Those are the three main tools you will need to start your own garden. The rest depends on your garden plan. You may need a pot or two along with some rich soil.
You’ll also need some seeds or starter plants. You can get these things from your local home improvement store or online. I like to use certified organic seeds, so I typically order my seeds from Botanical Interests. However, Home Depot, Lowes, and even Whole Foods have a selection of organic seeds.
If you’re looking for any other possible tools you could use, you can also check out my garden tools recommendation list.
Congratulations, you’re now one step closer to starting your own garden! Thanks for checking out these garden tools to start your own garden. Do you have a favorite tool you use in your garden not mentioned above? Comment below! We’d love to hear about it. 🙂