You wouldn’t try to carve a roast chicken with a spoon, would you? Of course not!
This same philosophy applies to gardening too. In the long run, having the right equipment will save you countless hours and tons of frustration. Any experienced gardener will tell you how much easier it is to grow your own fruits and vegetables if you have the right tools and accessories in your arsenal.
The garden tools and accessories you need will depend on the type and scale of gardening you plan to do. If you have a large garden with lots of ground-level beds, you will need an assortment of shovels for digging, edging, and moving piles of material. You’ll also need a good hoe to keep weeds at bay and maybe a pickax to break up tough soil. And a good garden watering hose!
A durable wheelbarrow to haul mulch and other materials in and around your garden area is also important. Over time, this limited collection of tools and accessories will undoubtedly grow to suit your individual gardening style.
However, if you only have a small area to plant or prefer to limit your gardening to containers, you will need a different set of gardening gadgets. The following items are ideal for small space gardening.
Garden Tools And Accessories For Small Gardens
Do you like going to the store to buy garden tools? I do sometimes, but other times I’d rather go and buy online. Amazon has pretty much every tool you need. See which are the top 10 most ordered Amazon gardening products by the readers of my site.
1. A Good Collection of Gardening Hand-Tools
Short-handled, ergonomically designed gardening tools are great for hand planting and small digging jobs. There are a number of hand-held gardening tools on the market. Here are three you’ll want to consider:
- Short-Handled Trowel. A good trowel is an indispensable tool for any garden, regardless of its size. Look for one with a pointy tip, which makes it useful for planting seeds, digging out stubborn weeds, and loosening planting soil.
- A Three-Pronged Cultivator. This tool features 3 individual rake-like prongs designed to loosen soil and create uniform burrows for planting. It can also be used to pull up shallow-rooted weeds.
- A Transplanter. This tool is designed to make transplanting smaller plants Some styles feature gradation marks to ensure you are planting each plant at the appropriate depth.
To save time, you can look for a high-quality and affordable pre-packaged hand tool set. For example, you can pick up the highly rated Fiskars 7067 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set for under $20 or the Radius Garden 4-Piece Garden Set for just a few more dollars.
When evaluating hand-held gardening tools, look for those that offer ergonomic design features, such as soft contoured handles designed to hold your wrist in a neutral position. This will reduce unnecessary strain on your hands and wrists while you are gardening.
2. Proper Gardening Attire
While fun and relaxing, gardening is still “dirty” work. As a result, gardeners are prone to insect bites, cuts, scrapes and randomly stepping on sharp objects. So no matter how big (or small) your garden may be, you need to have the proper attire.
For starters, you’ll need a good set of gloves. When looking for gardening gloves, look for a pair that fits properly and offers some protection from sharp thorns and prickly shrubs, like these long gardening gloves.
Fabric gloves with a protective rubberized coating along your palms and fingertips are a great option because they dry easily and fit well enough to maintain finger dexterity.
If you are doing a lot of heavy digging, a good pair of durable boots will make your job much easier and safer. As you stomp down on the shovel for a little extra leverage, you’ll be glad for that added layer of protection. And if you’d rather have a lighter show, try one of these women’s gardening shoes.
Otherwise, a good pair of rubber gardening clogs are wonderful to have. They keep your feet dry and are easy to hose off when you are done digging in the dirt.
Finally, every gardener needs a good hat. Look for one with a wide brim to protect your face and ears from too much sun exposure as you work outside. Beyond that, have fun and let your personal style shine through!
Amazon (and other places) have lots of gardening hat styles:
- gardening hats for men
- women’s gardening hats
- straw gardening hats
- garden hats with netting
- crochet garden hats and more
Sun Blocker Women Sun Flap Hat with Adjustable Drawstring Lime Green Wide Brim Peak Gardening Sun HatElastic Fishing Gardening Folding Umbrella Hat HeadwearMen’s Wide Brim Sun Hat, Garden Hat Combo PackMosquito Head Net Hat
3. Kneeling pad or bench
Make it easier on yourself, and get a kneeling pad. You’ll save yourself a lot of knee and back pain.
4. Garden cart or wagon
Save your back by using a garden card or wagon to move things around in the garden. Check out our list of dependable garden carts and wagons.
Now you’re ready to work in your small garden.
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check your her books below: