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Beginning Gardening Tools

Updated on July 8, 2013

For first time gardeners it can be intimidating to look at a plot of land and imagine it as a lively fruit and vegetable filled place. A place that if taken care of properly will keep producing for you year after year and save you a bit of cash every year in the process. Plus it is an amazing feeling to watch these little seedlings grow, the following is just a basic list of the best types of gardening tools to have on hand before you begin your beautiful garden!

Tilling the soil is the first major step in starting a garden; the best thing for beginners is to rent a tiller from a local garden store, if you know someone who has tilled the soil before see if they will give you a hand. Gardening gloves are a necessity, first time gardeners are prone to getting blisters and it will also protect your hands from any sharp objects that may be in the soil. A garden hose is a necessity unless you enjoy hauling water to your garden. A good garden hose will last for years and not only does it enable you to water your plants but you can cleanup your tools and hands.

A hand trowel is use for weeding and is very useful when planting in small plots or containers. Gardening shears are another one of those great tools you will not think you will use very often, but you will. You will use them to cut back your perennials; to cut yourself fresh flowers if you have a flower garden and for keeping those plants looking great by trimming them when necessary. A long handled shovel is a great tool for beginners to have as it can be used for distributing compost or mulch and is indispensable when it comes to a stubborn weed. It may seem silly to purchase this up-front, but you will be glad you did.


A garden rake is an invaluable tool. You will use a rake to smooth out the soil you have just tilled and later to keep the weeds under control and again between your rows to loosen the soil. A garden hoe is a necessity as it will make your life so much easier when it comes to weeding and it is very efficient when it comes to making your rows for planting. A garden cart is just about anything with wheels that you can haul things in. Having a cart of some sort is a life saver when it comes to hauling large amounts of soil or mulch.

These are just your basic tools and while not all may be necessary to start your garden it is very likely that having these tools will make your life easier when it comes time to plant and weed. Gardens can be a lot of fun and are a great way for the family to spend some time together and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor.

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      Angel 

      3 years ago

      Hi Ms. Lovejoy!Thanks so much for the information! I never did prune my lilac, but now I'm filneeg empowered to get going on this project. I'm spending time in my garden this afternoon, hoping to tuck everything in safely prior to tomorrow's major meteorological event (nor'easter/blizzard/hurricane). I think I'll tackle the larger trunks after we all make it through the storm.Regards!

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      Rosie 

      3 years ago

      Wow I must confess you make some very trcahennt points.

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