Spring is here! As of 6:29am Eastern Time!
I know we’ve all been looking forward to it. But what will we need when we get out there and get started? Based on what I think I need, or already have, I have a few suggestions for those Must Have Garden Tools.
A Great Garden Hat!
This is so important for you to have to protect your face and skin from sun exposure. I wear hats most of the time, and when I make a quick trip to the garden center, I usually just keep it on. ( My hair is usually a fright by that time.) So it really serves two purposes. I like the large brimmed hats best like these, the absolute best item for your hat to have is that lanyard to tighten so that is doesn’t blow off or fall off when you bend over.
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You must protect your hands from sunburn, scrapes, cuts, and from running your fingernail up under something hidden in the garden soil. ( Ouch, it hurts just remembering.) I have some favorite pairs that I wear most of the time, but I also like to have some disposable quick gloves to grab if I am only going to grab something quickly and my hands are “freshly done.” ( A rare occasion if my hands stay nice.)
And these are the disposable ones. Same ones I use for housework, cleaning, and making my hypertufa projects. I like having a box of them by the rear door of the garage. Ready to grab when I run out for something!
Garden shoes or boots
You have to have something that washes easily, fits well, and for me, attaches to my feet so that I don’t pull out of them. Yes, I am not graceful by nature, so I stumble a lot. And I need the shoes to stay on my feet even if I step in some muck or worse. Have you ever found a little “meadow muffin” in your garden?
And I don’t like the shoes that are open. Some Crocs are open in the toe, but I get rocks and soil inside and it drives me crazy. Think about it. These hose off and are dry and ready next time. I prefer the dark color, but you might like something brighter.
Gardening Tools – Those you just have to have.
A great pair of pruners is a must. I like these slender handles best since they fit into my apron pockets easily.PROFESSIONAL PRUNER – GR8-Cut Bypass Pruner – 8 inch Heavy Duty all Carbon Steel Pruning Shear Comfortable Handle Razor Sharp Cutting Blade – Perfect Home Garden Companion – Life-Time Full Replacement Warranty
But since I deal with small plants quite a bit, I like the tiny ones too! It is easier to reach into a hypertufa trough with tiny plants such thyme and coral reef sedums when you need to prune or take cuttings.
Before I forget. You must have a great set of digging spades. How many times have you used some cheap ones on they bend on you? That is so frustrating! So I think getting some strong and sturdy spades is very important.
If you don’t already have this knife you don’t know what you are missing. This does so much in the garden, I can’t imagine what I did without it. So versatile. All the ladies in the garden club and Master Gardeners love it and use it more than any other tool, believe me.
Where do we put all the Must Have Garden Tools?
In a great apron. But I have all kinds of criteria that I must have in my apron. It has to have a zippered pocket up high on my chest for my phone. I want it with me. I don’t want to lose it. I don’t want to crush it with any of the above tools. Also I want it a dark color, such as this brown, so I don’t look so dirty all the time. I am messy and I get dirty. So your little pink frilly apron will soon be trash on me. And a man’s apron is made kinda larger and since I am not exactly a “Twiggy”, I need a larger apron. And lots of pockets. Lots.
And I also have my garden bag I carry with me into the garden, or when I am working on a community garden. Or just as a temporary small arsenal of things I may need for a job. This is what I like:
These are so sturdy and endure everything you can put them through. Believe me, my husband and son have the coats made by Carhartt and I wish they would wear out! No, not really. But they are there season after season after season….
And we must not forget the kiddies. I loved when my grandson walked through the garden with me and dug holes and picked all the flowers. He was so cute. Now that he is almost 12, he has outgrown a lot of that. But his Easter Baskets each year had some kind of gardening equipment, so he could be in the garden with Nana. Loved every moment of it.
So remember your gardener this year and the little gardeners-to-be. Easter is coming, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day……Is there a birthday or anniversary in there anywhere? There is something happening on June 2, right? ( Hint to Family.)
Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.