After gardening for a few years, I have come to learn quickly which tools and products get the job done – and which are a bit of hype! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite go-to gardening products and tools. I am also pleased to share that most of the items on my list can be obtained for very few dollars, and some can even be found for free!
I discovered this amazing compost tea last year and wouldn’t grow my garden without it! (In fact, I have some “brewing” right now.) It’s basically the only fertilizer I use for my plants. My plants experienced amazing growth and health when I started using this last year.
I bought mine on Amazon, and you can also buy it directly from BoogieBrew.net if you’re interested.
Here’s a description, from Amazon:
Boogie Brew Pro Compost Tea creates phenomenal growth rates while saving the farmer on fertilizer costs & water usage. Nutrients are broken down faster and made more bio-available. Salts & heavy metals found in soil & water supplies become far less hazardous to plants when the enzymes produced by Boogie’s biological army of organisms work to soften their impact and reduce toxicity. Prepare to witness explosive growth, shiny leaf structure, strong root development and awesome flower quality. Used regularly, Boogie Brew helps plants to achieve their fullest flavor & aroma potential.
If you end up purchasing this tea, there is a bit of equipment involved (it’s not terrible, but it is necessary). I recommend you visit BoogieBrew.net for more information on getting started.
#2: Garden Fork
I picked up a garden fork like the one pictured above this year when I started foraging for dandelions. Holy cow! Why on earth did I not pick up one of these YEARS ago? It is simply the BEST tool for breaking up big clods of weed and grass, aerates the soil nicely, and is nice for using in hay or other big piles of plant matter. Recommend, recommend.
#3: Planters, all Sizes and Kinds
I keep a variety of sizes of planters in my greenhouse for starting seeds and transplanting young plants. These are easy to clean and reuse!
#4 – Bamboo Stakes
I LOVE bamboo stakes because they look nice, they’re inexpensive, and extremely versatile. I use them to create attractive tee-pee style trellises for nasturtium or cucumbers, or to wrap with netting for peas to climb up. They are also good to use with jute twine for staking up raspberries.
I found a pack of 25 for sale on Amazon for ~$23, but I’ve also purchased them individually at Fred Meyer for a little more than a buck apiece. Very inexpensive.
#5 – Buckets
I am forever carrying a bucket around with me in the garden! These are great for weeding, toting around tools and supplies, and using to make compost tea (see above). You can also sometimes score them for FREE through your local bakery!
#6 – Jute Twine
I go through a lot of this stuff every year! As I mentioned above, it works great with the bamboo stakes for creating a simple trellis.
I also keep finding new and fun uses for it…
For instance, last year, I used some jute twine along with a pack of clothespins (found at the Dollar Store) to create a very simple system for hanging my onions to dry. I love the natural look of jute twine, plus it withstands the weather. You can pick up two rolls of heavy-duty 190′ jute twine on Amazon for $9.44 (less than $5 each).
#7 – Small Garden Shears
You know, I have larger pruners, but they almost NEVER get used in my vegetable garden! I find that for most tasks, a small pair of hand shears like these best-selling Fiskars (currently ~$18 on Amazon) do the job.
I use them for pruning my kiwi vines and tomato branches, for harvesting herbs and squash, and for tackling unruly weed problems. Unfortunately, I usually end up needing a new pair every year as I tend to lose them!
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So that’s my list of gardening must-haves. I’d love to know about you! What tools or supplies have you found invaluable for gardening?