It helps to have the right tools for working in the garden. Here are a few basic suggestions.
1) Garden Gloves: Protect your hands from scratches, splinters and blisters.
2) Garden Boots: Protect your shoes from mud and manure. Leave them outside for later.
3) Seeds: Plan ahead. Have your seeds ordered and at hand when you are ready to plant.
4) Ball of String: A ball of cotton string or hemp twine is always handy for typing up plants and securing trellis fencing.
5) Scissors: Keep scissors nearby for snipping twine as needed.
6) Watering Can: Bring a full watering can out to the garden every time you go to touch up thirsty seedlings.
7) Garden Fork: A garden fork loosens packed soil or moves manure/compost into the garden.
8) Spade: Your spade is great for turning over soil and building up deep beds.
9) Hoe: Use a hoe to take down weeds between your rows and around the edges.
10) Trowel: The trowel is a handy little shovel for more delicate digging jobs, such as digging out small holes for planting seedlings or adding soil or compost around plants.
11) Cultivator: The cultivator, which looks like a handheld rake, is good for loosening up weeds around plants so you can pull them out. This close to your plants, you don’t dare swing a hoe.
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