Ron Finley’s 6 Essential Gardening Tools
At a minimum, you’ll need to invest in a sturdy shovel and a pair of gardening gloves when you start your garden. But there are several other gardening tools of the trade that Ron relies on.
- Battery-powered or rechargeable cordless drill: A drill can be useful for making drainage holes when converting found objects to planters.
- Hand pruners: Use pruning shears to cut stems and branches up to half an inch in diameter.
- Hori hori: Use the stiff serrated blade of this narrow hand trowel to divide clumps of roots and make the process of weeding garden beds more efficient.
- Kitchen knife: Your standard kitchen knife can be useful for making precise cuts when harvesting vegetables.
- Potting soil scoop: This lightweight hand tool is an easy way to fill pots and planters.
- Pruning saw: A pruning saw small saw designed to access tight spaces when pruning trees and shrubs.
As you get more into gardening, you can add more garden tools to this list: long handle loppers, a pitchfork, garden scissors, a hand-held garden trowel, a digging fork, and a leaf rake. A wheelbarrow and a garden heavy-duty hose (rather than a watering can) are also immensely helpful.
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