Anyone who claims to be an expert in the garden obviously needs a large, expensive assortment of gardening tools…right? No. This doesn’t have to be the case. A modest budget is all that is needed to wrangle even the largest of home gardens. So what do I need? Lets keep this as simple as possible. Lets take a look and see what you already have in that garage of yours…heck…even a tool shed will do.
First and foremost, every one who dreams of gardening excellence is going to need a good rake. There are two types of rakes. Metal and plastic. Are we following? A plastic rake is great for removing leaves, grass, and other debris from sidewalks and patios. However, these rakes are often not very sturdy and are known to brake or “lose arms” rather quickly. The good thing is is that they are very affordable. Most plastic rakes can be purchased for well under $30. A metal rake, however, can cost a little bit more. Look to spend closer to $50 for a good metal rake. They will last forever thankfully and are much more effective when used on grassy areas or non-concrete areas than wooden rakes. If you’ve ever tried to rake leaves off of your lawn with a plastic rake, you will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Shovels. You have to have shovels. How many you ask? Simple. A big one and a small one. A large shovel will be needed to remove or place large quantities of dirt to the area where the garden is located. Large shovels will also be needed to dig “holes” for large plants and bushes. Make an effort to wash large shovels after using because they can on occasion rust. A simple washing with a garden hose will suffice. Small shovels, also known as spades, are also a must for any serious gardener. I feel that this will be your most frequently used tool. They are great for digging smaller “holes” for smaller plants and simply re-arranging dirt and other things in your home garden. They can usually be purchased for less than $20 at any hardware store. A good large shovel may run you about $50. There are many styles and brands available.
A pair of gardening shears will also be required. When your garden really starts to blossom and take flight, some of your plants and bushes will start to grow “too much” and they will need to be trimmed. Regular trimming of these plants will keep them looking good and “tamed”. Nobody wants to look at a sloppy, overgrown garden. I can go walk in the woods if that’s what I’m looking for.
And of course, a reliable garden hose is a must. Hydration is the most important element of any healthy garden. A hose is the one item you may want to splurge a bit on. There are super cheap garden hoses available but they will not last and can be a pain to use. Get yourself a good hose that stores neatly and will last 10 years or so. A sprinkler may also not be a bad idea if you spend a lot of time away from home in the warmer months.
So this is a good start…right. You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a beautiful garden. Just make sure you keep that garage door locked and you should have all you need to build the garden of your dreams for years to come! Need help organizing your garage? Columbiagaragepros.com is a great company that can provide any garage door solution you may need. Good luck with your garden!