Best Tools for Gardening Beginners

The equipment every newbie needs

A bad workman blames his tools. There’s some merit to the expression. But in some cases, you do need good tools to help you do your job properly. It’s even a little arrogant to assume that you don’t need help from time to time. Otherwise, you run the risk of being a tool yourself. 😉

Take gardening, for instance. Sure, you could go out there with your bare hands, unleashing havoc upon your unsuspecting shrubbery in some weird form of anger management. But you’d be far better off stocking up on a few gardening essentials first. Especially if you’re a beginner gardener.

Don’t know where to start? That’s ok – this post should clear up any confusion!

I think someone needs to add some window cleaner to their toolbox!

5 tools for new gardeners

I recommend gathering these bits ‘n’ bobs before stepping foot into your garden. (Well, unless you need to cross your garden to get to the car, to get to the store to buy these goods!)

But definitely have them ready before you commit to your first gardening session. Because you don’t want a lack of preparation putting you off what’s bound to be your new favourite hobby!

1. Gloves

Like a glove!

What? It’s 40 degrees outside and I’m sweaty enough already. Why on earth do I need to wear gloves?!

Calm down, I’m not talking about winter woolies here. No, I’m referring to a specific type of gloves called – erm – gardening gloves. No surprises there.

Gardening gloves are designed to protect your delicate digits from thorns, splinters, stings and scratches. If you’re worried about getting your hands dirty for some reason, or about breaking a nail, they’ve got you covered in that department, too.

Tips for finding your perfect pair:

2. Pruning Shears

You got to trim it to win it!

Before Ed appeared with his gorgeous ginger ways, there was another thing sheeran around town. Pruning shears, that is. (Sorry. That was a particularly bad one.)

Anyway, these lads know all about keeping things Evergreen, too. (Again, sorry.)

Let’s move on. Basically, without a good set of shears, no one’s going to take you seriously as a gardener. Not even Mrs Rose Thorne. Your wild weeds and your boisterous bushes will laugh in your face. But if you step out in the sunlight, armed with the latest Scissor Sister… well. Shit’s about to get real.

Pruning shears help you nip problematic weeds firmly in the bud. Reigning in plants that are frankly, getting too big for their boots and keeping everything in order. Lovely jubbly.

Tips for finding your perfect pair:

3. Hand Trowel

trowels in the sand
Did someone say sand trowel?

Before you even consider throwing in the towel, invest in a trowel! These nifty numbers make every novice gardener’s job sooo much easier. Why? Well, you don’t have to scrabble around in the soil, wasting excess energy on pulling and patting with your fingers. Your hand trowel saves you the effort.

Use them as a makeshift tray for carrying bedding plants and herbs around. Call on them to plant any containers you need to contain stuff. Tackle Weedy Winston and the rest of his green gang simply by turning them over a new leaf. The power is in your hands.

When trawling for a trowel:

4. Watering Can

Double watering cans! This guy is next level.

Next to badass tools like your pruning shears and your hand trowel, you might scoff at the humble watering can. Who are you gonna scare with a little water? The Wicked Witch of the West?!

But that’s not the point here. The watering can giveth, not taketh away. It’s not something that your garden fears – it’s something it depends on, as its main source of life. And for that reason, it should be revered.

Speaking of reverence, the very act of walking around your garden with a watering can in hand, sprinkling droplets onto the upturned faces of your precious plants, is a great exercise in mindfulness. It’s quite a calming experience, and one I’d highly recommend after a stressful day.

Yes, you can! Canny shopping tips for the right can:

5. Sunhat

Girl in sunhat
Now, that is how your rock a sunhat! This girl knows her stuff!

If you’re going to be a serious gardener, you’ve got to look the part. You’ve already donned your gloves, you’re clutching a trowel in one hand and a pruning shears in the other. Your funky new watering can rests at your feet.

But you’re missing one key thing – a sunhat, of course! What’re you going to do, expose your poor head to the harsh sunlight and allow it to burn? No, no, no – don’t do it. Especially if you’re the type who needs extra protection for your scalp. Cover it up.

Yes, you can! Canny shopping tips for the right can:

Ready, Set, Hoe!

Start out with these 5 basic tools and you’ll be a gardening god (or goddess!) in no time. They’re really all you need at this stage in your journey.

Then, when you’re ready, you can incorporate even more tools in your box. Yay!

Until then, use the tips I’ve shared to guide you in your shopping quest. Get started sooner rather than later and don’t worry… if your garden isn’t an instant masterpiece, you can always blame your tools. Or me. 😉

Happy growing!