As the weather warms up across the country, avid gardeners and hobbyists will start to come out to tend to their gardens. Whether you’ve been growing vegetables in your garden for decades or want to try it for the first time, having the right tools is imperative to ensuring a successful gardening season.
According to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, gardening is good for your health. “Gardening improves opportunities for children, youth, adults and families to engage in and eat more fruits and vegetables,” explained their key findings regarding the benefits of learning based on gardening in loosely structured school environments. For those who don’t have access to vegetable gardens, the CDC says community gardens are the next best thing: providing access to nutritious food, increased physical activity, and a connection to your environment.
Do you have all the tools you need to start growing the summer flowers, plants and fresh vegetables of your dreams? Take a look at our categories below and consider moving on to some of this season’s great gardening must-haves.
Gloves are a no-brainer for any gardener who spends time in the ground pulling weeds or planting sprouts and seeds. Whether it’s handling rose bushes and thistles with thorns or simply keeping dirt from building up under your fingernails, a good pair of gloves can be the difference between a painful gardening experience and an efficient one. .
The Balllum Women’s Gardening Gloves available on Amazon are a great option for effective yet fashionable gardening gloves. Although they are very durable, they are also breathable and come in 12 different color options including floral, butterfly and animal designs. Their leather palms provide grip while their elastic cuffs allow for easy on and off. At just $13.99, these gloves are a bargain. If you have an Amazon Prime account, free two-day shipping is also available.
For a more utilitarian look, the Scotts unisex synthetic leather garden gloves from Lowe’s will do the trick. The fingers and palms all have padding for extra protection when handling tough debris and gardening tools and their spandex blend material on the back of the hand and wrist allows for flexibility and dexterity. They cost a few dollars more at $15.48, but will last you many gardening seasons.
With every summer that seems to get hotter and drier every year, keeping your garden well hydrated has become more important than ever. That’s why having a durable hose with plenty of length is the ideal tool during multiple daily watering sessions.
The Titan Expandable Garden Hose is a beast when it comes to its reach power. Starting at 50 feet long and available in options up to 200 feet, this hose will probably be able to water all the plants in your garden without a problem. Referred to as the “Magic Garden Hose”, the Titan will start out coiled in a compact coil, but will increase in size and length as water pressure flows out and into the spout. Starting at $60, buying from Amazon with an Amazon Prime account will get you free next day delivery.
If you’re looking for a lighter, prettier hose to add to your garden, the FLEXON Lightweight Vinyl Green Hose is a classic. At 50 feet in length, it is ideal for small to medium sized gardens and has easy to attach solid brass fittings that can be turned on and off on the tap with just a few turns. Its light green color keeps it from being an eyesore in your yard while the 3-ply vinyl construction makes it durable.
Shears are a handy tool to have on hand when the time comes for gardening season. In addition to pruning plant stems or harvesting vegetables and flowers, they can be used to trim shrubs, trees, and even pull weeds depending on their grip.
The Gonicc 8″ Professional Sharp Bypass Pruner is $24.95 on Amazon and is eligible for free next day shipping with Amazon Prime. Their polished non-slip handles are grooved for comfort of use and their high carbon steel blade coated with rustproof oil can cut branches up to 3/4″ in diameter, making them tough enough for gardening. summer and fall cleaning.
For a smaller, more manageable pair of shears, opt for the MEPEREZ lightweight garden shears, which are much more like garden scissors. They come in two colors – light blue and beige – and are currently 36% off at $15.99 on Amazon for a 2-pack of these super sharp curved and straight blade shears. Currently, an additional 45% discount is also available with their coupon at checkout.
A trowel or hand shovel is perfect for creating even, even holes when planting. Unlike long-handled shovels, they allow you to sit close to your plot or garden bed and focus on the finer details of your plants. With a hand shovel, you can take a closer look at your soil, easier to avoid harming healthy creatures – like worms, snails, and beetles – that you might find while digging.
The Wayfair Copper Spade Decorative Garden Tool Set is an adorable alternative to typical basic shovel designs. At $23.33 from Wayfair, this set includes a shovel, shears and small garden fork available in 6 different designs, including red poppies, butterflies and flowers and sky blue daisies. While this set is ideal for occasional summer gardening, alternating between this and a heavy-duty set will allow for extended use.
For a durable shovel set that can handle tough terrain, the ESOW 3-Piece Cast Aluminum Gardening Kit and easy-grip rubber handles make it a good option for everyday gardening. It’s available in three different colors and starts at $19.80 on Amazon with a one-year warranty from ESOW.
While some gardeners are able to test the quality of their soil and plant directly into the ground, many find it easier to use raised garden beds for convenient planting and soil quality control. Beds allow complete drainage of water, help avoid soil compaction, and tend to grow fewer weeds than non-raised plots.
The Lowe’s Gronomics Rustic Raised Garden Bed measures 48 inches wide, 48 inches long, and 13 inches high, raising your vegetables about a foot off the ground. It can be arranged as a rectangle or another shape when buying several to create a configurable kit, and costs $135 at Lowe’s. For anyone looking to add a rustic touch to your yard, these beds are the answer.
If you’re working with limited gardening space and want to make the most of what you have, a Cisbrough wooden raised garden bed from Wayfair will help you garden without the square footage. Measuring 8 feet long by 2 feet wide, these beds are made of a water-resistant wood that can be assembled using the pull-on method, completely without screws or nails. Buy one for $139.99 with free shipping or save $40 on two.
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