The winter weather is breaking and the sun is starting to shine. As the temperature starts to warm up people with green thumbs are planning out their garden for the year. Spring is the best time to get your garden projects kicked off because it will prepare your garden to yield different kinds of plants and vegetables year round.
In order to get your garden prepared, you’ll need to gather necessary garden supplies. The team at ProBuilt Steel Buildings has a few weekend gardeners and they want to provide you with a checklist on the tools you’ll need to get gardening!
Digging forks are used to turn soil over to mix nutrients and aerate the soil for gardening. Having nutrient rich and aerated soil is important to give your plants the food it needs to grow. The digging fork is typically called a pitchfork by most people who give a quick look at the tool. But it is an important asset for your gardening tool shed.
This tool is used for breaking apart the soil in your garden to prepare it for seeds and plants. This is usually used in conjunction with the digging fork to prepare the soil for planting. This tool has different shapes but the most common is a broad flat blade shape with a sharp lower edge and an upper edge to place your foot on top to provide leverage to break up the soil.
The trowel is a gardening hand tool, which is great for digging small holes for planting or taking weeds out of the ground. Ideally, you’ll use the trowel for gardening in small and medium pots, raising garden beds or transplanting plants. There are three styles of trowels you’ll come across as you beginning gardening:
- All-purpose trowels have a 3 to 4 inch-wide blade and they look like handheld shovels.
- Transplanting trowels are narrower in width, usually around 2 to 3 inches and have measurement markings to help remove and plant seeds or bulbs at the desired depth.
- Crevice trowels are the narrowest blade among the three trowels and they are used when planting in rock gardens.
The garden hoe is one of the most versatile tools you can own. Primarily, it’s used to move small amounts of soil to prevent weeds from growing. The hoe can be used to pile soil around plants to give them a good growing foundation, create drills and trenches for planting seeds and bulbs for a large garden and it’s a great tool to harvest root crops like potatoes or carrots.
The garden rake is the outdoor broom for all intents and purposes. It is a tooth like bar fixed on a handle, shown above. Typically, people will collect loose leaves, grass or rocks from the soil before you start planting your seeds. While cleaning up the garden, the secondary purpose of the rake is to level the ground for gardening. It’s important to have a level garden so your plants can grow at the same rate with consistency.
Pruning shears are scissors for plants. They can cut and trim hard stems or small branches from trees. If your garden is more for presentation to improve the look of your home, we recommend you have a pair of pruners to keep your garden’s growth management in check. In addition, you should keep your pruning shears sharp so they will cleanly cut with every use. To sharpen your pruning shears you should use a fine tooth file and run the file against the blade along the edge.
The wheelbarrow is a tool that has been around since the wheel was practically invented. Used as a one wheel small hand cart, its function was to carry heavy loads or items from one area to the next in an easy way. Having a wheelbarrow for your garden will save you a lot of time when you’re transporting soil and plants to your garden bed.
You might not know this now, but the most used tool in the garden is your hands! Gardening can be tough on your hands and you want to make sure they’re protected. There’s a variety of gloves to choose from and each has their best uses, HGTV wrote a great guide on garden gloves that can help you figure out which one is best for you.
Garden Hose/Watering Can
Water and sunlight are important for plants to grow to maturity. If you have an outdoor garden, then they should be receiving as much sun as they can get; but you should schedule a regular time to water your plants so they don’t dry out! Having a garden hose or watering can will help keep your plants growing and healthy. You want to make sure you have a garden hose or watering can that provides enough water for each of your plants but doesn’t damage them while watering them.
You’ve just purchased soil and fertilizer from the garden store but now how are you supposed to mix the two items together before you start setting your garden? We recommend getting a barrel that will be the holding chamber for mixing soils and fertilizers for your garden. This will give you the ability to control and make sure that all the nutrients are thoroughly mixed before you plant your garden. The size of the barrel will be dependent on how much soil you want to mix, but rule of thumb would be to have a 5 gallon barrel and increase the size based on your garden.
These are the tools you’ll need to have a successful home garden. Most people find that there’s more tools needed in gardening than initially expected. They don’t know where to put all these tools and are afraid to leave them out on the side of their house. If you’re serious about gardening, we would recommend you invest in a small steel building for your tools to keep them safe and secure. If you need any help finding a building, you can use our get a quote to find the right one for you.
Post written by Rainier Fuclan
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