There are a lot of new gardeners out there. My husband and I choose to grow three different gardens this year so that we would have better access to fresh and safe foods during these uncertain times. Also even during good times, the cost of salad greens and how quickly they went bad made it seem like a good choice.
When Matt and I were first starting out on the mountain, clearing property, we had very few tools. Some were given to us while we bought others. I can tell you that we went through a set of post hole diggers every year or two while getting this place the way it is today. That ended when we finally bought a power auger.
There are a lot of cheap tools out there that can lead to frustration and cost you more in the long run because you have to rebuy them more often and they can make it far less enjoyable to do what you need to do. Cheap tools can even lead to injury if they fail at key times.
That being said, there is the occasional cheap tool that will surprise you. We still have a $5 garden hoe we bought at a discount store 10 years ago or more. It seems like those types of treasures are harder to come by. Bully Tools 82515 14-G... Best Price: $71.00 Buy New $46.48 (as of 05:26 EDT - Details)
I am going to list some of the garden tools that you might want to consider. If you have just a few raised beds, then shorter hand tools may be all that you really need, I have been sure to include some of those as well.
- Garden Hoe
- Round or Spade Shovel
- Cultivator Rake
- Hand Trowel
- Specialty Hoes
- Garden Rake
- Kitchen shears for harvesting and fine trimming.
- Pitchfork (You can definitely garden without one but they can be handy at times.)
Garden Tools: From Raised Beds To Large Gardens
- 2Tools Made In the USA
- 3Bully Tools
- 4Fiberglass vs Wood Handles
- 5Handle Length
- 6Head weight and tool width matter.
- 7Maintaining Your Tools
- 8Blade Guards
- 9Here are a few garden tools I found that are currently available and appear to be of decent quality.
- 11Hand Hoe and Cultivator
- 12Cutter Mattock
- 13Add tools as you need them
- 14Electric and Gas Powered Garden Tools
- 16Tools are becoming harder to find.
Bully Tools 92353 12-G... Best Price: $81.00 Buy New $38.99 (as of 05:26 EDT - Details) The tools in this category are those that may be helpful in some cases but are not really “must haves”.
- Leaf blower for removing leaves certain times of year and from any garden patio areas. You can blow leaves into a pile and compost. The alternative is to till them under.
- Hedge shear or hedge trimmers. These are great if you have a lot of growth to cut back from fence lines or if you have some hedges or hedgerows in your garden
- Garden cart for a mower. A wheelbarrow is great but a cart can sure ease the workload if you have a way to pull it. An ATV or UTV can also pull a cart.
When we started gardening this year, we realized just how worn out some of our tools were. After over a decade of use, they were showing signs that now might be a good time to start thinking about replacements. We are really hard on tools. There is no telling how many bags of concrete got mixed using some fo our garden hoes.
I have been making an effort to avoid inferior tools and those that are at the bottom of the price range. Considering that imported merchandise may not be available as much and the limited capacity of some factories due to the pandemic, I feel it is wise to buy tools that are really going to hold up well.