Part of the joy of growing your own vegetables is the satisfaction of harvesting the produce of your time and hard work. Many gardening tasks require some skill and lots of effort. The effort required can is reduced by selecting the right gardening tool for the job at hand. In this article, we discuss the most useful tools for keeping your veg plot in check. Here is a top 10 list of gardening tools names along with our recommendations so you can pick the best tool for the job.
1. Hand Trowel
A hand trowel is an essential multi-purpose gardening tool that every allotmenteer should have in their toolkit and is the first tool most gardeners buy. It has a pointed, scoop-like shape made of metal perfectly designed for digging soil. You can use it to dig holes for new seedlings and bulbs, turning the soil, transplanting seedlings, mixing in fertiliser or removing stubborn weeds.
Select a good quality trowel and it can serve you for a lifetime.
2. Garden Secatuers / Hand Pruning Shears
Pruning shears are like a pair of scissors for plants. They are used to prune dead, diseased, damaged or old branches of trees and shrubs. For the tool to work effectively, they should be used to cut branches with a thickness of up to 2cm. A pair of pruning shears feature a locking mechanism to keep the blades closed and safe while not in use.
This is an essential tool for keeping trees and shrubs in check and for encouraging new growth for the start of the next season.
3. Hand Fork
Sometimes called a weed fork, the hand fork is the perfect partner to the hand trowel. This tool is most suited to removing the entire root system of stubborn weeds. Comprised of three prongs, it allows for easily manipulation of the soil making it easy to turn in preparation for planting.
Sharing many properties with the hand trowel, taking the time to select a good quality hand fork will ensure it stays with you through the seasons.