I know basic is a very relative term since what is basic for one could be luxury for another. In gardening, basic tools really depend on the size of your garden, number of pots you have, the space at your disposal etc. To use a cliché: no one size fits all. However, there are some gardening tools which are almost de rigueur for anyone indulging in even a medium level of gardening activity. Here are some tools that it’s hard to do without.
- Hand Trowel/ Khurpi
A hand trowel is an absolutely indispensable item and a must-have in your collection. When choosing one, go for a solid stainless steel trowel. Check that the trowel has a good grip. It’s always handy to have two of these. Wipe the trowel clean after use to ensure it lasts longer.
- Pruning shears / secateurs
A good quality pair of pruning shears will make your gardening work so much easier. Pruners are useful whether pruning shrubs, flowers, vines, small trees or deadheading roses. These shears are hand-held and can cut branches and twigs up to ¾ of an inch thickness.
I use my pair of scissors frequently, almost every time I do any gardening. The scissors I have are an old pair, that were discarded after we got a new pair for the house. I find them extremely useful: from cutting twine, to pruning leaves, cutting lemon grass for my daily cup of goodness, snipping herbs for a salad or soup or removing dead flowers- all the small, quick jobs.
- Hose/ Watering Pipe
A garden hose is an essential item. When going in for one choose a rubber garden hose which offers durability and is light. You may also want to check out attachments such as sprinklers, which are useful as they cover a larger area.
5. Watering Can
It is a portable container, usually with a handle and a funnel, used to water plants by hand. They facilitate an easy and efficient way of watering. A watering can has a long spout that is meant to control the amount of water poured and aim it more precisely into the soil around your plant. It prevents over watering and also disturbing the top soil and exposing the roots.
6. Water Sprayer
It is a device used to spray a liquid. It is commonly used for projection of water, weed killers, crop performance materials, pest maintenance chemicals.
Gloves have made it to this list for reasons of practicality and not vanity. Ever tried pruning a lemon plant, or pulling up nettles? You’ll understand why gloves are important. They also prevent mud from getting embedded under your nails.
Whether it is clearing leaves and twigs, breaking up soil or levelling out beds, rakes are useful. Depending on your usage, you can choose from smaller rakes to rakes with longer prongs.
9. Lawn mower
If you have a lawn, you definitely need a lawn mower. These come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Go for one that fits your budget and has good reviews.
If you need soil, compost or mulch to be moved around, or your pots to be moved from one place to another, a wheelbarrow can be a big help! With it at your disposal, you are not dependent on anyone else for this heavy duty work. Single-handled wheelbarrows are easier to handle and move around.
Just ensure that it is stored only after it is cleaned and dried, so as to prevent rusting.