Sunday, 16 May 2010
This is the first in a series of very basic information for the beginning gardener. It will probably also help any gardener who wants to be successful and productive with his/her time and effort. After all, the end result of your gardening should make you more comfortable, healthier and grateful.
The following is a list of essential tools every gardener should own, regardless of the size of the garden:
Absolutely Essential Tools:
1. Garden Hose - Purchase a hose that has a lifetime guarantee. Choose one long enough to reach your entire garden.
2. Lawn Rake - Bamboo or metal are the best rakes for gathering up lawn clippings, leaves and small rocks
3. Shovel - The best tool you'll own is a round-nose shovel. You'll use it for scooping, digging and turning your soil. Make sure you choose a weight and length that is comfortable to handle.
4. Trowel - You'll need a hand trowel when you are doing close weeding and transplanting seedlings. Be sure you buy one that is light and fits your hand comfortably.
5. Pruners - A good pruner will easily cut woody stems. Use them to clip flowers, groom shrubs and trim trees.
6. Gardening Gloves - Your gloves should fit well and be thick enough to protect your hands yet allow you to manuever small objects. Look for a pair that is machine washable.
Check back for The Basics of Gardening - Part II - Plants and Light