Recommended Tools

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Welcome to our Tools section! We did our best to make gardening easier for you, so here’s a selection of all the tools we use regularly in the garden. You could always add more, but you don’t really need to.

Small Tools:

  • Hand Trowel. Use it to dig small trenches or holes for transplanting. I love how sturdy this hand trowel from WOLF-Garten is, it’s got a good grip and the metal doesn’t bend.
  • Dibber. Dibbers are classic tools in no-dig gardening. Use a classic wooden dibber to poke holes for your seedling plugs, onions or leeks, and even station sowing.
  • Pruning Shears. Pruning shears are essential in my garden. I use them to prune all kinds of vines and cut plants at soil level when it’s time to winterize my beds. Fiskars is a trusted brand of shears I keep coming back to.
  • Trimming Scissors. I use them for delicate pruning and harvesting all summer long, and they’re super handy. These Teflon Trimming Scissors are extra nice because they don’t rust as easily.
  • Weeding Hand Tool (Optional). I actually like pulling weeds, but for those persistent mature weeds, I use a weeding hand tool to help me get as much of the root out as possible.

Big Tools:

  • Shovel. As much as I want my garden to be exclusively no-dig, there is some digging involved when building new beds or spreading compost or manure. Choose a durable shovel like this classic from Fiskars.
  • Wheelbarrow. You’ll need a steady wheelbarrow to carry bags of compost and wood chips around your garden, so why not use a multifunctional tool like this one to help with all the yard work?
  • Soil Rake. You’ll be using a rake intensively in spring and autumn, so you might as well choose one to last. I have this rake from Gardena and pair it with the Combisystem handle.
  • Spading Fork. Use a spading fork whenever your soil needs to be loosened and, more likely, when you’ve got crops like potatoes, carrots and leeks to harvest.
  • Dutch Hoe. Dutch hoes may seem old-fashioned, but there’s nothing like a quick sweep through the top soil to help get rid of small weeds – no bending required. I love WOLF-Garten’s selection: this dutch hoe coupled with their universal handle.
  • Soil Crumbler (Optional). Another favorite of mine from WOLF-Garten is the soil crumbler. I don’t do much digging, but I sometimes use this soil crumbler (clicked into the same handle) before sowing carrots and other small seeds to remove chunks from my top soil or manure.
  • Garden Hedge Shears (Optional). I use them to chop garden waste into smaller pieces, which accelerates the composting process. Make sure you get something with sharp, long blades, like these shears from Fiskars.

Garden Equipment:

  • Garden Hose. If you collect your own rainwater, that’s great. But know that city water won’t harm your plants if you water them at the right time. I use this durable garden hose to water my raised beds. You can either wall mount the hose reel or use it as it is in the garden.
  • Hose Nozzle. Watering with a hose means you can play around with the nozzle settings to get the effect you want. I even use the blade setting to pressure wash bugs off the leaves. Here’s a hose nozzle that goes perfectly with the hose I recommend.
  • Pump Sprayer. Every now and then, you’ll need to spray your garden with Neem oil, insecticidal soap, BT or the solution of your choosing, to protect it from harmful insects. I recommend using a backpack pressure sprayer like this one, to cover the entire garden.
  • Manual Sprayer. Sometimes, you only want to spray certain crops, like your tomatoes and cabbages, and the backpack sprayer can get in your way. For quick jobs, I like to use a manual pump sprayer.
  • Watering Can. Let’s not forget the most classic tool in gardening – the watering can! You can buy it wherever you like, but make sure you choose a 2-gallon option. You’ll be using it for liquid fertilizers, and you don’t want to go back and forth with a small watering can.

Garden Accessories:

  • Garden Fleece. This affordable fleece fabric has saved my garden from many frosts and hungry birds. I use row covers every spring to keep my seedlings safe and warm.
  • Insect Netting. Sometimes, a physical barrier is the only thing standing between your plants and pests like carrot root fly or cabbage white butterfly. Invest in a fine garden mesh to use as insect netting and it will last your for a few seasons.
  • Twine. Some plants, like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, will need support as they grow. Jute twine is the most popular type of twine, as it’s biodegradable and compostable, but you can also go with synthetic options.

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