Like everything else in life, gardening is easier when you're working with the appropriate tools. But tools are expensive, so which ones do you really need?
Choose sturdy tools with a comfortable weight and grip. I like the ones with cords or holes in the handles so I can hang them up. Here's a guide to the essential garden tools you'll need to get growing.
That's the little spade. You'll use it for planting, scooping, and digging. It's essential.
You'll want one that's very strong, a good weight, and feels good in your hand because it will be there a lot.
There are two main types of garden pruners; you'll probably need both.
Look for pruners with adjustable blades for stems of varying thickness.
You need shovels to dig holes for bigger plants, especially if your ground is hard and compacted. Choose a round point shovel for normal yard work.
You'll need something to put your garden tools in so you can carry them around the yard with you.
The tote can be as simple as a plastic bucket, or as elaborate as a rolling gardening cart replete with cushioned seat. I like the bucket organizer, and a cloth bib with pockets that fits over a five-gallon bucket.
That way, I can toss weeds, etc. in the bucket and have all my tools hanging on the side.
You could also use a plastic caddy, a canvas tool tote bag, a tool belt, or a pocketed apron. Your call - but you will need something.
If you have an irrigation system, you are in fine shape. But you will still need a hose to water in new transplants and potted plants. Make sure the hose is long enough to reach all parts of your yard, or consider getting one for the front yard and another for the backyard.
People in apartments or condos can get away with the lightweight hoses; but if you have a yard, consider getting a medium or heavyweight hose. It is not only more durable but coils more easily. Most people will also want some sort of contraption to roll up and store the garden hose to keep it neat and tidy.
You hate gloves. I hate gloves. But you need to wear them to protect your hands from cuts and blisters. Also, gardening will really dry out your skin.
There are several different types of gloves (of course): Many people like leather gloves, but I find them too clumsy. I prefer cool cloth gloves with rubberized grips on the palm and fingers. When I'm gardening in wet soil, I wear rubber gloves with a cotton lining.
Anyone who has planted will put this on her essential list, too! These foam rubber pads will save your knees.
I never wear a hat. I always mean to wear a hat but I always forget. Suffice it to say that I always have dry, faded hair and a sunburned scalp. Do as I say, not as I do.
OK, you don't necessarily need clogs but you do need some sort of waterproof shoes that you can easily slip on and off so you don't track dirt into your house. Rubber clogs work best for me.