Helping yourself by giving nature a helping hand
So you have decided to spend some time on the great outdoors and connect with nature as you give nature a helping hand but still not sure how to become that weekend warrior.
Gardening can be such a rewarding experience and past time as you beautify your surroundings or by starting that vegetable, fruit, or herb garden. Whatever your desire be assured that you will have lots of fun and as an added bonus you will be getting that much-needed exercise to get your heart rate up as you become physical.
Where do I start?
For many that are starting out in this hobby, the question is clear and that is where do I begin? and for some, the idea is somewhat clear but then when it comes to putting together a basic tool list this can become rather confusing.
The goods news is you have come to the right place to get a great head start which will make your work easier.
Garden tools for the beginners
Garden tools can be pretty simple to more advanced which can be expensive but when starting out you don’t have to break your piggy bank when choosing tools that fit your budget.
What I want to say here, however, is you don’t want to choose tools that are cheap either. A good price would be somewhere in between, not too expensive and not too cheap.
My childhood garden
I would like for you to take a stroll with me for a short time going all the way back to my childhood days and trust me that was some time ago, wow it is so amazing how time flies but as far as I can remember when I started my first garden I borrowed tools from my parents which was a lawn garden rake, spade shovel and I think a hard rake and from these few tools my small garden took shape as my little hands worked the soil.
Within a few short months, I was harvesting bird peppers, okras, corn, and pigeons peas. My hard work paid off and I was proud.
Garden tool list-garden basic 101
- Hard rake
- lawn rake
- Spade digger shovel
- Square digger shovel
- 1-2 length garden hose
- Hedge shears
- Lopper shears
- Hand pruners
- Hand Trowel
- Water jug
- Garden gloves
These are some basic garden tools that can get you off to a great start.
1. Hard rakes-is used to remove rocks and other garden material that is small to medium size.
2. A lawn rake-is good to rake leaves and other light garden debris.
3. A spade shovel is used or can be used to help break the soil so to speak or start the planting hole.
4. Square shovels-are used to remove a generous amount of soil.
5. Pickaxe-is handy because of its ability to break soils that are hard and also to remove rocks and debris that are buried anywhere from 1-6 inches in the soil.
6. Pitchfork-is used to remove leaves and other garden debris.
7. Hoe-a garden hoe is used for light weeding.
8. Garden hose to water plants.
9. Hedge trimmer-to-trim garden shrubs.
10. Lopper shears-to cut tree branches anywhere from half an inch to one and a half inch.
11. Hand pruner-is use to cut smaller size branches.
12. A hand trowel- is used to dig small holes and to install herbs, seeds, and other small garden plants.
13. Having a water jug can come in handy for watering garden plants.
14. A wheelbarrow is used to haul debris, carry plants, and also garden tools.
15. Garden Gloves- to keep your hands clean and protected.
Advance garden tools
If you have a lawn and want it to remain polished then a lawnmower and weed wacker or string trimmer is a must but again even these tools can be purchased at an affordable price. Other advanced garden equipment includes powered and electrical tools.
But because this article is directed towards the beginner gardener we will not touch on the tools for the more advanced gardener.
The final word
These basic garden tools can work wonders as you start that garden or take your existing garden making it into a thing of beauty. So get your hands dirty in a good way of cause as you connect with nature getting physical in the great outdoors as you enjoy the many rewards that come with this exciting hobby. Let’s get started on that garden tool list because nature is calling you.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.