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Digging Deeper: The Top 10 Must-Have Tools for Your Garden Kit

Gardening is one of those activities that can be done at any age and with no special skill. You just need to be able to use a few basic tools. And while it might seem like you could get away without investing in any equipment, there are actually some tools that are essential for a successful gardening experience. These ten items are my top picks for every novice gardener.


Shovels are a staple in any home gardener's toolbox. If you're looking for a tool that can help you dig holes, remove weeds and move soil, then the shovel is the way to go. Shovels also come in handy for mixing soil and planting seedlings. These are just a few of their uses; there are many more!

Hand Rake

Use the hand rake to remove weeds, loosen soil and spread mulch. You can also use it to level soil, aerate soil and remove rocks from your garden bed. The hand rake is a must have for every home gardener because of its versatility!


A hose is a flexible tube used to connect to a water source and transport that water to where it's needed. Hoses are commonly used for watering plants, rinsing off dishes, cleaning up after pets, and much more! Hoses come in many different sizes and can be made from various materials. Some types of hoses can be recycled or reused once they've been drained out completely; others need to be thrown away once they've reached their end of life cycle.


A spade is a basic tool for digging and turning soil. You can also use it for planting bulbs or harvesting root vegetables like potatoes, but you'll want to be careful when doing so, since the blade on a spade is sharp and can damage your shovel if you're not careful. When using a spade:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and place one hand on the handle of the spade (the part just above the blade). With your other hand (the one holding the handle), put pressure down on top of the blade by pushing back toward yourself. This will make it easier to cut through tough roots or clods of dirt while digging in wet ground.

  • Once you've dug down as far as needed, push up against those clumps with all four fingers wrapped around each side of where they meet along both sides at once—this will prevent them from flying away when they come loose during removal; otherwise those pieces may end up becoming projectiles!


Pruners are a gardening tool that will always come in handy. These pruning shears can be used to cut branches, stems, roots and twigs as well as flowers.

  • Pruners are used to cut branches and stems. They do this by closing a sharp blade around the stem or branch being pruned. The pressure of cutting through the material causes it to split along its natural fracture line which makes it easy for homeowners or professionals like landscapers and arborists to remove unwanted plants from their yards or gardens without damaging their trees in any way.

  • Pruner blades are designed for left-handed users so if you're right-handed then you'll want to make sure that whichever pair of pruning shears you choose has an easy mechanism for switching hands so that both sides get equal use over time!


A wheelbarrow is a multipurpose tool that can be used for moving materials and carrying tools. However, it's most useful function is to carry plants from the garden to pots and back again. If you have a larger yard, this is almost a mandatory item!

Garden Gloves

To help you make the right choice, we've compiled a list of the best gardening gloves that are sure to make your garden chores more comfortable and efficient.

Garden Gloves

A pair of sturdy gloves is an essential tool for gardening; they protect your hands from blisters and rough edges while allowing you to dig through soil, move heavy stones, and even snip stalks with ease. Whether you're planting bulbs or harvesting tomatoes, these top-rated pairs are worth the investment.

  • Gardening Gloves by Gerber (Amazon)

  • Garden Tool Set with Gloves by Gardeners Edge (Amazon)

Garden Hoe

A garden hoe is used to break up the soil in your garden and clear weeds from it. It’s used for digging, scooping, and scraping. It can be called a stirrup hoe because of its shape; it looks like a small paddle with a long handle.

It’s ideal for use in small gardens where you don’t have much space to work with. This tool will make your weeding easier because the blade is narrow enough that you won't disturb any plant roots while digging out weeds around them!


A trowel is a must for any garden. This hand tool can be used for planting, weeding and soil preparation. It's also useful for digging holes, mixing compost and fertilizer or transplanting seedlings. If you need to mix potting soil on the spot, you'll want to take your trowel along too. A small shovel can also be used instead of a trowel if you are working with larger plants or mixing larger amounts of dirt together.

Watering Can

A watering can is a must-have tool for any home gardener. Whether you're planting seeds or transplanting seedlings, a watering can helps you to keep your plants moist while they get established in their new home. Once the soil has been prepared and the plant is firmly planted, it's time to water! A watering can makes this job easy: fill the can with water and pour it over the roots of each individual plant, ensuring that they all receive adequate moisture.

Even after things are settled in, there will still be times when plants need more than occasional splashes from an open hose or sprinkler—like after heavy rains or during hot summer days when there isn't enough natural rainfall to keep everything happy and healthy. In these cases too, using your trusty watering can will help prevent over-watering which could lead to disease problems later on down the line (and who wants that?).

A good quality watering pot won't break your bank either: 20-30$ should get you something durable enough for daily use out in your garden (or even just keeping alive indoor houseplants). The best part? They come in tons of fun colors too!

Having the right tools is important to be a successful gardener.

The right tools can make gardening easier, more efficient, safer and more enjoyable. Having the right tools will help you get your job done faster, which means you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor sooner. The right tools can also make it safer for you to do your work without risking injury or damaging your plants. Finally, having the right tools may allow you to sell some of the things that grow on your property at a profit!

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