7 Must Have Tools for Planting a Vegetable Garden
As the economy continues to sputter, many of us are trying to find ways to save money whenever possible. From cutting out that morning latte to taking the bus, every little bit of money saved can make a difference. Now, as the seasons change from winter to spring throughout much of the U.S., many Americans are returning to a pastime that can both stretch their food budgets and serve as a fun warm-weather activity—vegetable gardening.
It’s easy for even amateur gardeners to start a garden. In addition to saving families money, vegetable gardening doesn’t require a great deal of experience or a lot of expensive equipment. There’s a relatively short list of tools needed to plant, maintain and cultivate a fabulous garden that can provide delicious food throughout the summer—and even into the winter months when the excess produce is canned or frozen.
Must-Have Tool #1: Long-handled spade – This tool (SS63000 shown right) is useful for digging up weeds, dividing plants and working the soil, especially when working with the virgin soil of a new garden.
Must-Have Tool #3: Rake – A garden rake (RK10000 shown right) is used to remove any stones and level the soil before sowing vegetable seeds into the bed. Both bow head rakes and flathead rakes will work well.
Must-Have Tool #4: Hoe – Long-handled hoes (SH60060 shown right) are great tools for making the shallow rows necessary before planting seeds. They’re also good for breaking up the soil before mixing in fertilizer throughout the growing cycle and loosening up the dirt before weeding.
Must-Have Tool #5: Trowel – When transplanting small fruit or vegetable plants that have already been started at the nursery or, a trowel (CT3710 shown right) makes it easy to dig a smaller hole that’s just the right size.
Must-Have Tool #6: Pruners – Bypass pruners (BP3180 shown right) make it much easier to prune woody growth, harvest vegetables and deadhead flowering plants. A hand pruner with up to 1″ cutting capacity should be sufficient for most pruning tasks in the garden.
Vegetable gardening is a fun summertime activity that can involve the whole family. As long as your yard has sufficient space for a garden and there’s a dependable water source nearby, with a little hard work and the right tools, you could be sinking your teeth into your favorite veggies in just a few months.
One or two generations ago, it was much more common for families to grow their own produce. Today, because we’re all interested in stretching our dollars, families are turning away from the grocery store and returning to their own backyards.