Garden Tools and Accessories We Love for This Spring
Dreaming about digging in your garden this season? While you wait for the ground to warm up, now is the time to design this year’s flower and vegetable garden. Maybe you will plant a Three Sister’s Garden or try your hand at container gardening. Whatever you decide to plant, make sure the plants are best suited for your region of the country. This is also a good time to take stock of your gardening tools and decide which ones can go another season and which ones should be replaced. Nothing beats good soil, lots of sunlight, and the proper amount of rain to ensure a successful garden, but this lineup of garden tools and accessories will help you stay protected from the elements, comfortable while you garden, and equipped with the best devices to make your time in the garden as enjoyable as it should be.
Long Gardening Gloves
Buy It: Professional Rose Pruning Thornproof Gardening Gloves, from $16.59; amazon.com
Gardening may be relaxing and therapeutic, but it can wreak havoc on your hands and forearms. These elbow-length gloves with padded palms and knuckle guards will not only protect your manicure but will prevent your arms from looking like you were in a cat fight with rose thorns.
Plant Grow Kit
Buy It: Smith & Hawken Grow Kits Rosemary, $13; target.com
These convenient Smith and Hawken grow kits can make a gardener out of anyone, even if your garden is on the window sill of your apartment kitchen. The kit comes complete with everything you need: one pack of seeds (choose from rosemary, basil, sunflower, and others), one portioned bag of soil, and a stylish container for your plant.
Buy It: GardenMate Slate Plant Labels, $29.95 for 10; amazon.com
Excited to see those green shoots popping out of the ground of your kitchen garden, but can’t remember what you planted in that spot? Hang these slate labels at the end of each row so you never forget where you put the zucchini.
Garden Tool Set and Tote with Folding Chair
Buy It: Garden Tool Set with Tote And Folding Seat, $48.99; target.com
Ideal for sitting and working in raised beds or just resting a bit during gardening chores, this convenient tool set is ideal for both beginning and experienced gardeners. The chair is foldable for easy storage and the tote bag is detachable, allowing you to carry it with you as you move about the garden.
Buy It: My Gardening Handbook, $35; uncommongoods.com
Whether you are an experienced gardener or turning over the soil for the first time, document and catalog your photos, progress, trials, failures, and successes in this hardback journal. Complete with useful tips and secrets, this journal will be a go-to source of information for years to come.
The New Southern Living Garden Book
Buy It: $18.89; amazon.com
An all-new revised and updated edition, The New Southern Living Garden Book is THE definitive source on gardening from the brand Southern gardeners have trusted for over 50 years. Features include a monthly garden checklist, a Q&A section to tackle everyday problems, and garden design solutions.
Buy It: Women's Muckster 2 Med, $110; muckbootcompany.com
You might think these boots are too cute to get dirty (you can roll them down into a colorful shoe) but they are solid workhorses when it comes to keeping your feet comfortable, dry, and well supported throughout all your messy gardening chores.
Buy It: Rosies Work Wear Overalls, $38; amazon.com
The reasons Grandma wore overalls when she gardened were, they were comfortable with room to move and contained lots of pockets for tools and gadgets. These overalls let you keep all the convenience while looking a bit more stylish, with easy zip-off pant legs to turn your outfit into overall shorts.
Buy It: 1 Gallon Bluebonnet Watering Can, $9.95; homedepot.com
Keep your garden lush and green with regular watering. This easy to carry 1-gallon plastic watering can is ideal for using with small container gardens or larger beds.
Buy It: 600 lb. Poly Garden Dump Cart, $79.98; homedepot.com
The old-style, single wheeled-wheelbarrow gets a huge makeover. This durable cart, with a handy dumping feature, will let you transport plants and bags of soil from your car to your garden plot in just one trip.
Garden Kneeler and Seat
Buy It: $25; amazon.com
Gardening just got a lot more comfortable with this foldable, deep-seat kneeler and seat. Kneel down in your garden without hurting your knees or sit at ease while you work with potted plants.
Buy It: GardenAll 7-Pieces Women Garden Tools Set, $106.59; amazon.com
Whether you are just starting to garden or need to replace old tools, this pretty pink-handled tool set has everything you need to rake, shovel, hoe, and weed your way to a prolific flower or vegetable garden.
Elevated Garden Bed
Buy It: Easy Grow Elevated Resin Garden Bed, $116.50; homedepot.com
Even if you don’t have a big yard, you can still have a vibrant flower or vegetable garden. This elevated bed, which works well on a patio or deck, will help alleviate the sore back and joint pain often associated with gardening.
Soaker Garden Hose
Buy It: SoakerPRO Advanced Soaker Hose, $12.98; homedepot.com
This gardener’s favorite gets water right where it needs to be – to the root of the plant. Place the soaker hose under the garden mulch and the tiny holes will “weep” water into the soil, reducing evaporation.
Buy It: Women's Gardening Hat UPF 50+, $49.50; coolibar.com
This wide brimmed hat with an UPF of 50+ will keep your face and neck shaded while you enjoy your time in the garden, and it can be rolled up and stored until your next workday without losing its shape.
Heated Bird Bath
Buy It: Farm Innovators 3 in 1 Heated Bird Bath, from $43.95; walmart.com
A thermostatically controlled heater built into the unit keeps water from freezing in the winter and operates only when necessary. The cord can be tucked away during warm weather months.
Buy It: Carbon Steel Bypass Garden Shears, $9.99; amazon.com
A sturdy pair of pruning shears is an essential tool for deadheading flowers, trimming branches, or harvesting cuttings for a floral arrangement.
Colander Harvest Trug
Buy It: $14.99; gardenersedge.com
Use this lightweight, easy to carry trug to gather your harvest of flowers and vegetables. The base of the container features drainage holes so you can rinse dirt off your potatoes and squash before bringing them inside the house.
Bulb Planter and Knee Cushion
Buy It: Cardinal Home Tech Bulb Planter, $15.99; amazon.com
Bulb planting is a lot easier using this handy tool, complete with a spring-loaded handle that releases soil back over the bulb. The depth marks on the planter helps you determine exactly the right spot in the ground for your bulbs.