Starting this spring many of us were rediscovering our green thumbs, and to keep unnecessary expenditures down we have decided to grow our own vegetables. This is a great choice in today’s economy, and is sure to help our working class families keep up on groceries. It is also more environmentally friendly than driving to the grocery store to shop for produce.
So what will we need to keep up on our newly blooming gardens? Well, below I have a list for layman gardeners like myself. We’ve sprouted lots of tomatoes and cucumbers this year, and are feeling very lucky to have them.
#1 Gloves: Amidst the leaves and blooms lurk many annoyances, like prickly parts of the plant, or worse, spiders. The last thing you need when you are harvesting is to get bitten or pricked. Protect your hands with a nice set of gloves. Lowes has a great Mechanix Wear glove for $17.97 that is sure to keep your hands well protected.
#2 Weeder, or hand fork: In order to keep weeds from taking over your garden, it is wise to invest in a decent weeder tool. These can be found at nearly any hardware store, and are relatively inexpensive. More importantly, they are worth the purchase price.
#3 Soil knife, or trowel: If you want to plant your bulbs with ease you will need one of these.
#4 Cultivator or fork: These are great for mixing up the soil with fertilizers or miracle grow.
#5 Water hose: This is a given for anyone with a yard.
#6 Watering can: A watering can gives you more creative control when watering your garden. You can water specifically where you want to without worrying about it spilling on your plant’s leaves or blooms.
#7 Hoe: A rake is a must have gardening tool. It will help you level out and cultivate the soil.
#8 Pruners: These tools are needed to take off dead leaves or portions of plants that are unnecessary. Removing dead leaves will help the rest of the plant to grow.
#9 Pruning saw: If you have branches that need to be removes, this works well.
#10 Shovel: This is an oldy but a goodie. Shovels are a definite garden must have if you are planning a big garden.
Gardening can be fun once you get into it. One of the greatest feelings is watching your first buds start to appear, and even better is when you are harvesting your vegetables to use for a family meal. It is then that you realize that all your hard work has paid off.