Gardening tools come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. However, you can begin your small space gardening with a few basic tools and can be working the soil with a minimum investment.
The first tools you should look into acquiring are those associated with getting the soil ready to accept your seeds or plants.
- A good pair of gardening or work gloves is essential for protecting your hands while working the ground
- Invest in a spading fork if you have patches of hard ground to work up. A spading fork is similar to a pitch fork and is used for getting into hard or compacted ground to break it loose and to turn it over.
- A bow rake would be a good purchase that enables you to smooth out the soil you have loosened with the spading fork and allows you to gather clumps or clods of dirt and rocks for disposal.
Next you will need the gardening tools actually used for planting your garden.
- A small trowel will allow you to dig small holes or open up a furrow in order to plant your seeds or plants.
- A hoe will also allow you to open a furrow with the additional advantage of assisting you in weeding and cultivating your garden as it continues to grow.
You will also need the following tools to help nurture and feed your garden to maturity.
- If you have a small garden a watering can with a long neck for reaching further into the garden and a detachable spray head for controlling where you are watering is a necessity. A gentle watering is preferred for tender young plants.
- For larger gardens you can utilize a garden hose with various spray nozzles that control the amount or water being disbursed.
Other extraneous gardening tools you may find useful depending upon the nature of your garden are as follows:
- A wagon or dolly for carrying heavy objects such as bags of potting soil, fertilizer or even moving heavy container pots.
- Garden shears become useful in trimming shrubs and light tree branches.
- A garden tiller can be useful for turning the soil and cultivating if you have a large area to cover.
- If you plan to plant trees and shrubs, you will need a round-ended shovel for digging larger size holes.