The right garden hand tool can make all the difference when working in your small garden. These are my suggestions plus a giveaway.
You wouldn’t try to dig a ditch with a trowel, would you? Of course not!
This same philosophy applies to all of your gardening tasks. When you have the right equipment to do the job at hand it will save you countless hours, and ultimately tons of frustration. Ask any experienced gardener and they will tell you how much easier it is to grow your own fruits and vegetables if you have the right tools and accessories in your arsenal.
What Tools Do You Need for a Small Garden?
The gardening tools and accessories you need will certainly depend on the type and scale of gardening you plan to do.
If you have a large garden plot with a lot of ground-level beds, you will need an assortment of shovels for digging, edging and moving piles of material. You’ll also need a good hoe to keep weeds at bay and maybe a pickax to break up tough soil until you can get all of your amendments in place.
However, if you only have a small area to plant or prefer to limit your gardening to containers, you will need a different set of gardening tools. A durable wheelbarrow to haul mulch and other materials in and around your garden area is also important, no matter the size. I often use mine for mixing homemade potting soil, and for moving mulch bags from the car to the garden area.
Over time, your limited collection of tools and accessories will undoubtedly grow to suit your individual gardening style.
The following items are ideal for small space gardening.
A Good Collection of Gardening Hand-Tools
Short-handled, ergonomically designed gardening tools are great for hand planting and small digging jobs. There are a number of hand-held gardening tools on the market. Here are three you’ll want to consider:
- Short-Handled Trowel. A good trowel is an indispensable tool for any garden, regardless of its size. Look for one with a pointy tip, which makes it useful for planting seeds, digging out stubborn weeds and loosening planting soil.
- A Three-Pronged Cultivator. This tool features 3 individual rake-like prongs designed to loosen soil and create uniform burrows for planting. It can also be used to pull up shallow-rooted weeds.
- A Transplanter. This tool is designed to make transplanting smaller plants. Some styles feature gradation marks to ensure you are planting each plant at the appropriate depth.
To save time, you can look for high quality and affordable pre-packaged hand tool set. For example, you can pick up the highly-rated Fiskars Softouch Garden Tool 3 Piece Set for approximately $18, the Radius Garden Ergonomic Garden Hand Tool Set for $40 or how about the INTOQ 9 Piece Garden Tool Set for $30. (it’s part of the giveaway below, be sure to enter!)
Handheld clippers and edgers are also a bonus when you need to prune herbs and cut back small plants. I use my Fiskars By-Pass Pruning Shears almost daily as I am cleaning up around the yard and garden. I also have a small (but tough) set of stainless steel garden scissors that I use for harvesting herbs. I find them less bulky than the bypass shears and easier to handle for small jobs.
When evaluating hand-held gardening tools, look for those that offer ergonomic design features, such as soft contoured handles designed to hold your wrist in a neutral position. This will reduce unnecessary strain on your hands and wrists while you are gardening.
I was given my own Essential 9 Piece Garden Tool Set – Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Garden Tool Set With Seat & Bag prior to the giveaway, so I’ve seen it first hand. INTOQ is offering a 10% discount on this product for Rockin W Homestead and Herb Giveaway Subscribers. Use discount code ROCKINTEN at checkout.
Here’s what I liked about this set.
- The canvas tote is large, measuring 11 3/4″” L x 5 1/2″” W x 7 7/8″” H inches and is durable enough to use in the garden every day. I’m one of those people who is always putting her hand tools down and then walking away from them, so I expect that this will come in extremely handy and help me keep track of my supplies.
- The cloth seems to be waterproof and the tote has tons of pockets. It has snaps at the top, so you can close it up and keep things contained.
- The hand tools, are not ergonomic but were sturdy enough for me to dig in my potted herbs with no problem.
But I question that folding seat…
Here’s the thing – while gardening is a great way to get exercise, it’s certainly not CrossFit, and my backside is bigger than the small surface area of the seat when it’s unfolded. I was skeptical that the seat would actually hold me, but it did.
It is only 12 inches off the ground, so if you need a place to rest for a few minutes it would work. I didn’t feel that I could bounce around on it much, it’s not that sturdy. This seat could be used for a child, since it doesn’t come with any weight or load recommendations, but I would say that you shouldn’t plan on actually using the seat as a resting place for an extended period of time unless you are 150 pounds or less.
I’ve joined with INTOQ for a Giveaway of the Essential 9 Piece Garden Tool Set. Be sure to take a look and enter to win!
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