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Every Gardener worth their onions, must own the essential gardening tools necessary for success in cultivation.
Essential Gardening Tools Every Gardener Should Own
To use a hoe or rake properly is an art as well as a science. A great variety of gardening tools and implements adaptable to pruning, transplanting and cultivating, are available on the market today, but a few good tools put to the proper use in the right way are sufficient for the majority of home gardens.
Buying garden equipment online
To save money on garden tools and other equipment, consider investing in a tool which may be used for several different kinds of work in the garden. For example, a rake may be used to smooth the surface of the soil preparatory to sowing the seed, covering the seed, for cultivation, and for raking produce such as ripe Onions, into rows to dry.
The necessary bare essential tools for the garden are:
- A good steel spade or spading fork
- Weeder and cultivator – a rotavator is ideal
- Garden Rake
- Watering can with rose
- A hand weed puller tool
- Spraying equipment for disease and pest control
- A length of good garden hose and sprinklers for watering
- Some garden line
Tools Used for Gardening
The list of essential gardening equipment represent the minimum to carry on gardening successfully, but a soil thermometer, a garden trowel and a good garden fork are also useful and valuable additions to the tool shed.
In addition to the essential gardening tools, it is useful to purchase the following tools used for digging and cultivation:
Mattock or Pick
Dutch Hoe or Scratch Hoe
Garden Tools For Maintenance
Large lawn shears
Secateurs and pruning saw for roses, trees and shrubs
Gardening gloves and garden kneeler / kneeling mat (to ease weeding and cutting work)
Composter / worm farm for recycling plant material back into your garden
Using Garden Tools
To handle tools properly is as essential as to know the correct depth to plant seeds; a crop may be spoiled by the wrong method of cultivation. Beets partly matured may be destroyed if the Beet is injured by the scuffle hoe, which is used to cut the weeds off below the surface of the soil, or the roots of Sweet Corn may be partly destroyed by too deep and too close a cultivation with the weeder. Buying A good garden line is necessary to any well arranged garden, either Flower of Vegetable, and is best kept on a metal reel. A strong line will last for many years if kept dry. Beware of some combination tools such as a rake and hoe combined, these type of garden tools are unsatisfactory and the quality is usually very poor. It is much better to have a separate tool for each purpose.
If you purchase good quality tools the work will be done better, the results in growth and the appearance of the garden will be apparent, and you will save energy as well as have the tools last longer.
Weeders and Rotavators
There are many good makes of weeders and cultivators on the market, and where a garden is of sufficient size to justify its use, a rotavator is particularly valuable, not only for destroying weeds and cultivating the soil, but for saving time and energy. Most of these garden rotavators have adjustable parts such as a small plough, hoes and cultivator steels. Where the size of the garden does not justify a single or double wheel rotavator, a hand implement, is particularly valuable and useful. This is adjustable, and does the work quickly and without unnecessary labor.
In very large gardens a good surface plough should first be used, then a disk harrow, and the land finally smoothed with a fine tooth harrow. Before the seed is sown the land is rolled, but in the average city or suburban garden these operations are not practicable.
Best Garden Rakes
Rakes vary in size, number of teeth, shape, etc. About a 16-tooth rake is the most economical. The humble garden rake is useful not only for preparing the seed bed and covering the seed, but for cultivation in forming a fine dust mulch over the surface breaking up the particles of soil.
Hoses and Watering Cans
A garden hose is an essential part of any garden equipment. Only a good reliable brand should be purchased. The size of the hose, whether 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, or 1 inch, must be determined by the pressure of water available. Where there is only a weak pressure a 1/2 inch hose should be fitted, and if the taps are 3/4 inch, so much the better, as a connection can be obtained for using the 1/2 inch hose on a 3/4 inch tap, which considerably improves the force of water available. Where there is a good pressure of water a 2/4 inch hose is the most economical for the Home Garden.
Do not allow the hose to lie about the garden, but after use, coil it up and hang on a peg. A little careful attention in this direction will prolong the life of the hose very considerably.
It is advisable to have the hose fitted with a fine rose to break the force and to distribute the water more evenly.
A watering can is useful, particularly in the early Spring, and for watering seed beds as well as young transplanted seedlings.
Where possible, there should be two adjustable roses, one coarse and the other fine. A can holding from eight to ten quarts is a convenient size.
Garden Spray Equipment
For the control of insect pests and diseases, a spraying equipment is essential. This may be simple and inexpensive, although effective. Where there is only a small patch to spray, a brass hand atomiser, holding about a quart of spray material, is large enough. Where there is a larger garden, a sprayer such as the British Bucket Pump or No. 3 Alpha Sprayer is the most convenient. For larger areas and home orchards you’ll need a four gallon sprayer.
Before spraying always strain the liquid, keep the nozzles and pump area clean and wash out the pump after use.
Garden Pruners and saws
Always buy pruning tools made of the best steel and keep them clean and sharp ready for use. A pruning saw, a good pair of sheers and a pair of secateurs are all that are required. Never buy low priced tools; the steel is poorer and the blade does not keep its edge. Consequently the work is done badly. Should the pruning shears or secateurs not cut clean, have them sharpened. A little care and attention to pruning tools will be well repaid.