The best part of gardening is that it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment to have a great looking space. With that said, there are a few inexpensive tools that can really lighten the load when it comes to working in the garden. 

So as we approach another new garden season, we thought we would share our list of 5 essential garden tools that every gardeners should have. Let’s get right into the list with number 1!

5 Essential Garden Tools

1. Garden Pruners

Having a good, comfortable set of garden pruners is a must! That’s why they sit atop our list of essential garden tools. They are perfect for pruning damaged or diseased limbs and branches from vegetable plants, which is an important part of keeping plants healthy. They can also be an excellent tool for harvesting!

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We prune your tomato plants for a larger and healthier crop, and a good pair of pruners is a must!

Every gardener around knows that sinking feeling when you pull a beautiful veggie from the plant, only to rip off an entire branch, or tear the stem from the veggie. Pruners are perfect for easily clipping the stems from zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. You can usually find a great pair for under $20.

My favorite is the ratcheting style of pruners. The ratcheting action makes cutting even thick branches a breeze without squeezing the life out of your hands. One thing is for sure, keep them sharpened to make it easy on you, and your plants! Dull pruners will cause a lot of damage to plants. Not to mention, a lot of frustration for the gardener. This is our favorite : Fiskars Ratchening Pruners 

2. Camera

When it comes to gardening, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Photos are a great way to record everything your garden.

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A camera can help record all kinds of helpful things in the garden – like this ugly tomato worm!

Not only can they capture that perfect vegetable or plant at the peak of beauty, but they serve as a great reminder when you are trying to remember what you planted where in previous seasons. I can’t tell you how many times we refer back to photos we have taken as a point of reference.

And, you never know when you might see that incredibly weird insect roaming around. It’s a great time to snap a photo and head to the internet to see what it might be! 

Always, always, always have a camera close by when your gardening. In this age of the cell phone camera – this one is easier than ever!

3. Post Hole Digger

You might think this is a strange addition, but the post hole digger is actually more important in our garden than the mighty shovel!

Post hole diggers are THE perfect tool for planting all of your veggie transplants. They create beautiful 6 to 8″ deep, and 4 to 6″ wide planting holes with a single stab of the earth. And it’s all done while your standing up. Now that is a back saver!

The larger hole allows for plenty of room to add in rich compost and soil. In addition, it gives transplants an easy path to quickly expand their roots.

We can dig 150 planting holes for all of our transplant crops in about 20 minutes. Now that’s a planting tool!

You can get a lightweight fiberglass handle version that is easy to use and tote around.  Here is what we use  : Fiberglass Union Post Hole Digger

4. A Good, Comfortable Hat

This is one is far more important than many realize. No matter the style, a good comfortable hat is essential for a gardener. Not only is it great for keeping sweat out of your eyes, it can help cool you from the hot, blazing sun.

A good hat, like this Slogger Garden hat can save you and your skin!

Most important of all, that hat can save your skin and your life. That big ol’ burning ball in the sky can cause a lot of damage to your skin and eyes, including skin cancer. 

One of the best ways to protect yourself, a good hat! Why not get a special one just for the garden and make a statement!   See : Garden Slogger Hats

5. A Sense Of Humor

Okay, maybe this last one is more of a “trait” than a tool, but it’s essential to keeping gardening fun! Look, the simple fact is that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things are going to go awry in the garden. Maybe it’s that cute little bunny that mows down your lettuce crop overnight. Or maybe you didn’t listen to your wife when she asked you if the chickens were in and you said yes…only to realize later they were not in…and instead they were the ones mowing down your lettuce crop. (hmm..think that happened to me? 🙂 )

Whatever happens in your garden, just remember to keep your sense of humor about it and have FUN! 

Happy Gardening! Jim and Mary


8 thoughts on “5 Simple Yet Essential Garden Tools That Every Gardener Should Have!

  • January 26, 2017 at 9:58 am
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    I don’t know what I’d do without my broadfork. It loosens, it tills it aerates without packing down or creating hardpan like tillers do.

    Broadfork – love it.
    -Candi

  • January 25, 2017 at 7:23 am
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    I like #5 the most 😀 it’s brought a sweet smile on my face today, thank you! 🙂

  • January 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    A camera…hat…sense of humor…uh-huh…
    I can just smell the bacon growing now…

  • January 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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    Aww, I am a sucker for blue eyes. That tomato worm is kinda cute.

  • January 22, 2017 at 10:27 am
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    I would agree with these (although I’ve not used a post hole digger). In addition, I would add a pair of heavy duty work gloves–not the flimsy gardening gloves, but ones that will protect your hands when you grab the wheelbarrow handles, or dig out tree roots, or grab a bale of hay, or any other other million things one typically does with heavy duty gardening. I would also add a CobraHead Weeder. I use this for a lot of different stuff–not just weeding. It breaks up heavy roots like nobodies business, helps loosen soil when you need just a smaller hole (like for planting seedlings), rips out long tap roots, and loosens packed down mulch. One of the best and most used gardening tools I own.

  • January 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
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    Great post. Just a thought but a ‘favorite tool’ section might be an idea for your new garden blog. One of my favorite tool is a hori hori, part trowel, part knife with a little ruler marked on the blade.

    • January 22, 2017 at 8:41 am
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      That is a great idea and a great tool! I think we may just have to do that – Thank you for passing along!

    • January 22, 2017 at 8:58 am
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      My thoughts are with the hori hori also. Just recently in last 4 or 5 years found the hori hori tool and it is my top tool along with my fiskar pruners.

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