Whether you’ve been tending one tomato in a pot on your deck, planted your first “real” vegetable garden this year, or simply aspire to grow gorgeous flowers for a cutting garden, you need the right tools to get the job done. While you don’t have to buy everything on this list right away to start gardening, you do need a few essentials. And this is one time when you definitely don’t want the cheapest, flimsiest products.
Once you do invest in quality items, make sure to hose your tools down and dry after use, which helps them last longer. With pruners, wipe the blades down with a mild bleach solution to prevent transferring any potential disease organisms to another plant.
Here are a few of our favorite must-have tools (tested in our own gardens!) for the newbie gardener: