Every gardener needs a modest array of tools. To start, a shovel, hoe, rake, and something to deliver water to the site is about all you absolutely must have. Sooner or later you will accumulate a collection limited only by your enthusiasm. Tools make the job easier and save wear and tear on your body.
High-quality tools are worth the investment because they work well and last for years. Clean tools after each use to prevent rust, and sharpen seasonally.
Here is a list of the basic garden tools.
- File, sharpening stone, or diamond file
To keep tools sharp.
- Garden rake
For breaking up large clumps of soil and raking the soil surface level and smooth.
For weeding, cultivating, and opening seed furrows.
- Round-nosed shovel
For digging large holes.
- Scissors or pruning shears
- Spading fork
For double-digging and digging root crops such as potatoes.
To apply fungicides and insecticides.
- Trowel and garden claw
For transplanting and scratching in side applications of fertilizer.
- Water sources
Garden hose, watering can, and soaker hose or sprinkler system.
- Wheelbarrow or child’s wagon
For carrying transplants, tools, and other items to the garden and for transporting garden debris to the compost site.