Gardening Tools

There are actually very few gardening tools you need, but certainly many that you can own to make the job easier!
Environmentally responsible tools to till and care for flower and vegetable gardens.

  • Spade
  • Trowel
  • Watering Can
  • Hose

…and you’re good to go!

That is, as long as you have plants or seeds to grow into that garden of yours.

If you’re starting annuals from seeds, you might like a potting bench – get one with ample work space so you can get your seedlings and starters off the dining room table in the Spring.

You might also like to have a few mini-greenhouses or peat pots. Seedling starter medium and maybe a grow light or two – or more – depending on how big you want your garden this year and how many plants you are starting from seed indoors.

Garden Gates, Fences and Edging

If your garden plot butts up against the lawn you’ll want some edging (to keep the grass out of the garden), a low fence perhaps to keep the dogs and cats out (or at least deter them) and a gate to keep out livestock or humans.

Garden Mulch

Mulch is also a minor investment considering the time it will save you over the warmer months. Mulch helps to keep the soil moist, the flower bed weed-free, and the garden floor looking even. If you buy organic mulch you’ll also be feeding your plants with multiple nutrients without any extra cost or effort.

Mulch gets more fun every year because you can change the color of your flower bed every year if you like.

For instance if it’s going to be a hot, dry summer – choose a light color. If the Farmer’s Almanac tells you to expect cooler or wetter than average temperature ranges go for the darker mulch.

Composting For Your Garden and the Environment

Before I started composting, it drove me crazy to throw away (into the regular trash) the best that my land gave me. By this I mean my home grown produce that didn’t get eaten, preserved, or dehydrated quick enough; spoiled in the fridge or in the garden, and then tossed to the household waste site where it would be burned. Nutrient rich leaves, grass clippings, and branches that I’d trimmed – carted off in biodegradable paper bags that just sat on dump land. Although that thought was less problematic to me I also knew that the resulting compost rich soil would never be used for anything positive – because it was in the acreage of dump land.

Some may think a compost bin is a necessity but I consider mine an ‘extra’ – the resulting compost (so you can feed your garden all types of nutrient rich fertilizer on the cheap is available in many styles, sizes and price ranges. Or you can make your own organic mulch after you’ve been gardening for a year. If you have a lot of property, you don’t even need a traditional compost bin – you can just stack it up in a corner of your land.

For the record I let many of the branches and twigs, plus some greenery pile up behind the old lilac bushes where they can’t be seen by humans but are appreciated by the birds year round. There are other tools, aids, and short cuts that I’ll be featuring here from time to time so stay tuned and visit again!

About Laura Childs

Country Living enthusiast Laura Childs was a downtown city girl for many years before heading to the hills to live a sustainable lifestyle, raise her daughter, get back to the land, and learn the time tested traditions of a simpler era.

Throughout her farm life adventures of raising animals, working from home, home schooling her daughter, and being more green, Laura Childs has been sharing on the GoodByeCityLife website through articles and personal musings since 1998.

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