The 15 gardening tools you should have to get your garden in shape for the summer

It’s National Gardening Day and fans of well-seasoned, budding plants are now putting their hands in the soil to make the most of a pinch of soil, whether in a pot or a patch of soil. .

Homesteader Jessica Sowards, host of YouTube’s Roots and Refuge Farm, has a new book to inspire and educate beginners: The Beginner Gardener: Growing Vegetables: All the Know-How and the Encouragement You Need to Grow – and Fall in Love With It! – your brand new vegetable patch ”(list of $ 26.99, $ 16.55 at Amazon and Walmart).

Step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations throughout the 176-page paperback guide readers through soil preparation, plant selection (even which size to buy), watering, feeding, and protection from. parasites.

We asked Sowards to give us some clues on his five favorite gardening tools. Here are his recommendations:

The Roo Apron ($ 39.99): This picking apron makes harvesting easier. It is resistant to large harvests. (See more options)

Cobra Head Weeder ($ 27.95): This tool, available in several sizes, is a powerful tool for getting under the root system of tough weeds, and it stands up to wear and tear and looks brand new after years of heavy use. (See more options)

One Gallon Chapin Sprayer ($ 12.99): Maintaining organic pests in the garden requires frequent reapplication of products like neem oil or Bt. Even in small gardens, a spray bottle can get tiring to use when applying these things. A pump pressure sprayer is a cheap investment to make this job so much easier. (See more options)

Planter ($ 5): A sharp wooden stick for making holes in the ground seems to be one of the most obvious tools in the world. So obvious you might think, “I don’t really need this. ” However; it is one of my most used tools. This helps tremendously when planting bulbs or small transplants.

Greenstalk Garden Tower (from $ 99): It’s not a typical tool, but it’s a gardening product that I really like. I like the Greenstalk to provide a solution for gardeners who may not have a lot of space. Even in my large gardens, I use it to grow strawberries and green salads vertically out of reach of slugs.

There are a few garden essentials you’ll want to keep on hand throughout the seasons. Here are 10:

Garden & Horticultural Books: You might rush to a reference book on how to save a water-deprived rhododendron, but there are other books you want to read over and over for inspiration.

Garden Hose: You struggled with your last heavy hose. It’s time for a lightweight, flexible hose that coils without a fight.

Gardening Fork: This versatile tool is ideal for digging and breaking up stubborn dirt and sand.

GARDEN SHOES: Washable, breathable and odor resistant crocs are the color of your favorite flower. You can also find quick-drying clogs at Walmart and other stores.

Gloves: Practical gardening gloves that protect hands are made from waterproof and latex free materials. Some gloves have Freddy Krueger claws for digging into the ground.

Hand Trowel: The narrow, slightly hollowed-out blade allows you to aim better while digging. Find rust-resistant ones, some with rubberized, non-slip handles, at Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart, and other stores.

Hoe: This versatile tool can loosen weeds, dig trenches to plant rows of bulbs and harvest roots.

Power Tool of Your Choice: What will give you the most satisfaction when you turn it on: a ride-on mower, a leaf blower or a chainsaw?

Pruning shears, loppers and hedge shears: don’t know what you’ll need? Some retailers sell all three as one set.

Spade: What flat, square spade do you need for digging, cutting roots, or drilling grass? A digging spade with a narrow, pointed head is angled for better leverage when excavating soil and a drain spade, with a rounded tip, is ideal for digging trenches and transplanting.

– Edited by Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

jeastman@oregonian.com | @janeteastman

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