We don’t have many big shrubs or trees, so only use medium pruners for everything in the garden. Make sure you maintain them well and they should last a long time. It’s important to keep them clean and sharp for pruning, as any cut you make should be clean to avoid disease.
I can’t remember where we first saw the Kneelo, but now I can’t ever imagine being without it! It’s amazing. It has a memory foam centre which is really comfortable to kneel on, even for longer periods of time. Best of all it’s available in loads of fun colours.
This is one of our most used tools. Since moving into our house, most of what we have done in the garden is weeding. Our dandelion roots seem to be miles long and without this nifty weed fork it would be almost impossible to remove the roots. There is still a long way to go… after all, you’ve seen our garden.
We use this trowel for all our transplanting works. As you already know, we start growing most of our vegetables and other plants in our “orangery”. (You can read more about it here). This little trowel is ideal for replanting everything outside.
As we are pretty much starting from scratch designing and building our garden, it’s inevitable that there is lots of earth and other stuff that needs moving from A to B. The shovel also comes in handy for lots of our building work.
Again, as we are starting from scratch a lot of digging and aerating our earth necessary, especially as our soil is very clayey. This fork was also particularly useful when we dug up the huge root we found in our garden. (You can read about it here).
I seem to have really small hands, or at least it’s always really difficult to find gloves that fit well. These are perfect. They are soft on the inside and the leather is really thick and hard-wearing.
We try to collect seeds from our plants in the garden. It’s quick and easy to do and most importantly it saves us money. It’s good to have a storage box to keep everything safe. We also label the seeds, so we know when to plant them again.
As much as we try to remove all weeds by hand, some are in positions that are difficult to reach, or sometimes we are just lazy.
Labels come in particularly handy, when we sow a load of seeds in one go. It would be almost impossible to keep track without them. Sometimes we try different varieties of the same plant and it’s good to know which one you are eating, especially if one is particularly delicious and we want to sow it again.
Your list will vary depending on the type and size of garden. After all it could be a bit difficult digging earth in a window box with a huge shovel!
Let us know what you favourite, must have gardening tools are!