I love to go to nurseries and look at all of the different types of plants that they offer. It is fun to start a new garden and plan what kind of plants that you want to grow.

Of course, it is important that you have some basic gardening tools in order to start a garden. Getting just the basic tools is an inexpensive way to try your hand at gardening without spending a lot of money.

Thankfully, you can find them relatively cheaply, especially if you go scouring garages sales. Below is a listing of gardening tools that you may want to consider:

Gardening Gloves

gardening gloves

Gardening gloves are one of the most important things that you will need. They protect your hands from slivers, thorns, weeds, or anything else that can hurt your hands. The dilemma with purchasing gloves is how much to spend.

I recommend spending a little extra and getting a high quality pair of gloves. They should be thick and durable. If gloves are too thin, thorns will go right through the glove and into your hands. I usually buy gloves that are reinforced with leather.

For added safety, I would add a long-sleeve work shirt. If you’re going to carry brush, the gloves protect the hands, but it is easy to get irritated scratches on the arms.

Watering Can

watering can

A watering can is also essential to have in any garden. Flowers and vegetables obviously need water to grow. A watering can is nice because you do not have to drag a hose all across the yard for a few minutes and then roll it up again.

Selecting the right watering can for you depends on how much weight that you can carry. The bigger the can, the more water it can hold. However, be sure that you can carry the can with water in it. My suggestion is to select a can with a long neck to help you reach further into the garden.


gardening shovel

Shovels are very much needed. It is a good idea to have at least two different types of shovels in your arsenal. The first one to have is a shovel with a rounded end that works great for digging holes for planting trees and bushes. When buying a rounded end shovel, I would stay on the cheaper end. In my experience, this type of shovel tends to hold up a pretty long while—even the cheaper ones.

The second type of shovel is a small gardening shovel that is more suited for digging holes for either annuals or vegetables. Paying a little extra here for a higher quality shovel is a good idea. Cheap gardening shovels tend to bend and snap off rather easily in my experinece.

Spading Fork

spading fork

A spading fork looks like a pitchfork but the forks are wider. Use it to break up hard soil, which makes amending the soil easier. I have to use this every year on my vegetable garden due to the amount of clay in my yard. Make sure to get one with a quality handle that is highly durable and is well attached to the head.

Garden Rake

garden rake

A gardening rake is another tool that I think every gardener should have. A good one should have a solid steel rake that will not bend or move. It is useful in amending your soil and spreading mulch or rock. If you ask me, I would purchase the cheapest one you can find. I have never seen the head of a garden rake pop off.

Pruning Tools

pruning clippers

Pruning shears and clippers are must-haves for sure. As your shrubs and trees grow, they need to be pruned from time to time. Be sure to get a quality pair of sheers and clippers. If they are too cheap, they will not have the strength to cut through thicker branches. I recommend buying a three pack that includes shears, pruner and toppers because as your garden matures, you will use all three.


garden wheelbarrow

I recommend getting a wheelbarrow to use in your garden. I use my wheelbarrow to transport soil, mulch, plants, and garden tools back and forth to the front of my house. My advice for selecting a wheelbarrow is to make sure that you get one that has a tire with air in it rather than a hard plastic one. The plastic ones are much harder to push. Also, make sure that the container part is securely fastened to the handles.

Take a few minutes and visit your local hardware or gardening store to check out the products that they have. They should be able to answer any of your questions.

And for those forgetful gardeners, no matter how many times you go to the store to get your gardening stuff, you always forget something, am I right? So be sure to take this list with you the next time you swing over to the gardening store!