Once we finally get out into the garden, I’ll be using some of my favourite gardening tools. Some of these essential gardening tools I’ve used for many years, some I’ve only recently discovered. But without good tools, gardening can become a chore that even the most enthusiastic gardener will not look forward to.
1) Transplant Spade: This spade is pretty much the only one I use in the garden. It is the perfect size for lifting perennials for splitting, digging holes for new plants. It’s small enough for transplanting seedlings, but heavy enough for turning soil to prepare the vegetable garden.
2) Weed Cultivator: This cultivator is terrific for getting rid of small weeds in between vegetable rows and perennial beds. I like that I don’t have to bend down or get on my knees to weed large areas. It breaks weeds up without disturbing the soil too much. A must have for the vegetable gardener.
3) Cobrahead Weeder & Cultivator: For times when I can’t use a large weed cultivator, I turn to the Cobrahead Weeder & Cultivator for precision weeding. I’ve been using one of these weeders for about seven years now and it’s one of the tools I always have on hand when heading out to the garden.
4) Ratchet Pruners: With a number of mature shrubs on our property, a ratchet pruner comes in handy during the spring pruning period. It cuts stems up to 1 3/4″ diameter and has extendable handles for reaching into the base of a multi-stemmed lilac.
5) Hori Hori Knife: Once I’ve dug up perennials with my transplanting spade, it’s time to get out the hori hori knife to help cut up tough roots. It’s also great for cutting down overgrown perennials and grasses.
6) Bucket Caddy: All my hand tools – hand spade, cultivating fork, scissor and even twine are tucked into the compartments of this handy bucket caddy. My husband gave me one a few years back and it’s been used ever since. I love how I can work in the garden, fill the bucket with weeds and cut greens and keep track of my hand tools. No more digging through the compost to find missing secateurs.
Armed with these essential gardening tools, you’ll be ready to tackle any job in your garden this year.