Essential gardening tools and accessories for your vegetable garden

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With all the talk of planting one’s food at home, it’s easy to lose focus and forget about the essential gardening tools and accessories that you will need to maintain your garden. Just as much as you wouldn’t use a spoon to carve your turkey, the same principle applies to your vegetable garden. You must invest in some basic gardening tools as well as accessories for your peace of mind.  

Essential gardening tools

What essential gardening tools and accessories must I own?

What gardening tools do I need?

The type of gardening tools you need depends on the scale and type of your gardening efforts. If you have a big garden with lots of ground-level beds, you may need the following tools:

Assortment of shovels

You’ll need these for digging, edging, and moving piles of material or soil. These will come in handy when starting your vegetable gardening project.
It’s also likely that you already own a shovel. Don’t feel compelled to buy another one.

Gardening hoe

This helps you reach parts of your garden that are otherwise out of reach, weed removal, and the occasional tilling of the soil.


A pick-ax is nice to have if you have tough soil to break. It may be useful when you start gardening from virgin grounds.

Watering can

Every gardener needs to own a watering can. Although one may have a gardening hose and a tap close by, there are times when deep watering is not necessary. I exclusively use a watering can to water my container garden. It is much easier.

You will never go wrong with a good collection of hand gardening. You’re likely to use them for your day-to-day garden maintenance. If you do container gardening, exclusively – hand gardening tools will be invaluable.

Best hand gardening tools you must have

Hand tools are essential in your vegetable gardening projects. Since they are short-handled and ergonomically designed,  they work better when hand planting or doing small digging jobs.

Short handled trowel

A good trowel is an indispensable tool for any garden, regardless of its size. Look for one with a pointy tip, which makes it useful for planting seeds, digging out stubborn weeds, and loosening planting soil.

A Three-Pronged Cultivator

This tool features 3 individual rake-like prongs designed to loosen soil and create uniform burrows for planting. It can also be used to pull up shallow-rooted weeds.


This tool is designed to make transplanting smaller plants easier. Some styles feature gradation marks to ensure you are planting each plant at the appropriate depth.

To save time, you can look for high-quality and affordable pre-packaged hand toolsets. For example, you can pick up the highly-rated Fiskars 7067 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set for approximately $18 or the Radius Garden 4-Piece Garden Set for $39.

When evaluating hand-held gardening tools, look for those that offer ergonomic design features, such as soft contoured handles designed to hold your wrist in a neutral position. This will reduce unnecessary strain on your hands and wrists while you are gardening.

Proper Gardening Attire

Although it is fun and relaxing, gardening is still “dirty” work. As a result, gardeners are prone to insect bites, cuts, scrapes, and randomly stepping on sharp objects. So no matter how big (or small) your garden maybe, you need to have the proper attire.

For starters, you’ll need a good set of gloves and protective footwear. When looking for gardening gloves, look for a pair that fits properly and offers some protection from sharp thorns and prickly shrubs. Fabric gloves with a protective rubberized coating along your palms and fingertips are a great option because they dry easily and fit well enough to maintain finger dexterity.

If you are doing a lot of heavy digging, a good pair of durable boots will make your job much easier and safer. As you stomp down on the shovel for a little extra leverage, you’ll be glad for that added layer of protection. Otherwise, a good pair of rubber gardening clogs are wonderful to have. They keep your feet dry and are easy to hose off when you are done digging in the dirt.

Finally, every gardener needs a good hat. Look for one with a wide brim to protect your face and ears from too much sun exposure as you work outside. Beyond that, have fun and let your personal style shine through!

I hope this blog post has demystified the essential gardening tools, accessories, and attire that you are likely to need as you embark on your journey of food growth. Please pin or share the post to bookmark or help others.


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