Essential tools for a new gardener

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In order to create a place for growing vegetables and flowers, the first basic tool required is a long-handled, sharp-edged grave shovel and a steel rake.

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Helen chestnut

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Dec 11, 2020December 11, 2020Read for 2 minutes Join the conversation In order to create a new place for growing flowers and vegetables, digging and weeding tools are required. In order to create a new place for growing flowers and vegetables, digging and weeding tools are required. Photo by Getty Images /PNG

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Q. Which garden tools do you consider indispensable? A friend decided to grow vegetables and flowers in her garden, but she wants to do it in a minimal way, with as few tools and supplies as possible. Myself and other friends would love to help her get started, but we’re not sure what basic equipment she will need.

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A. In order to create a place for growing vegetables and flowers, the first basic tool required is a long-handled, sharp-edged grave shovel and a steel rake. Long handles ensure leverage that is easy on the back. The chosen spot, hopefully in full sun, needs to be defined, cleared and dug deep to remove stones, roots and debris. Small stones can stay in place.

During the planting phase, a hoe, weeding tool, trowel, gloves and a container or tub with handles are needed to collect the weeds intended for the compost. A hoe can be a useful sharp-edged weeding tool for removing weeds. It is used to create furrows as well as pulling soil back over the furrow and then pressing the soil over the covered seed.

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Weeding implements have both a long and a short handle, with either a grapple or pickaxe working end. Trowels are for transplanting. Some have very comfortable handles. I prefer lightweight, washable gloves with waterproof palms and tops made from breathable knitted fabric.

Garden tubs of various sizes and bright colors are often seen. I use a large one in the garden for collecting weeds and other debris and a smaller one for hand watering. The flexible sides and handles make the tubs convenient for many uses.

Some of your Friends may want to offer seeds for flowers that go well in vegetable patches. Honey-scented sweet alyssum easily grows, self-sows, and attracts and feeds beneficial insects that will help fight garden pests. Calendula or marigold has cheerful golden or orange petals that are edible.

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