What you need to start gardening

When we spend a lot of time in the garden, we can not only relieve stress, but also connect with nature in a more personal way. Planning and starting a garden, be it a vegetable, herb, or flower garden, can feel like a daunting task. The good news is it doesn’t have to be.

Check out this comprehensive list of the basic tools and accessories you need to create a healthy, fertile garden so you can go outside and enjoy the fresh air and the feeling of your hands in the ground.

What kind of garden should I plant?

Depending on the climate in your area, the types of plants that you can choose for your garden will vary. Big or small, vegetable and herb gardens are great for those looking to grow their own produce. While it’s not always as decorative as flower gardens, there’s nothing quite like cooking a meal from vegetables grown in your own garden.

Flower gardens, on the other hand, can add a nice accent to a garden or neighborhood while also providing the same benefits when working outdoors.

Types of garden tools

Hand tools like trowels and weed killers are smaller and designed for precision when working in your yard. Long handled tools like shovels and rakes are essential for planting and maintaining your garden.

You can also consider accessories like gloves and sun hats so that you can stay safe and comfortable while working outdoors. With a few basic tools, you will be able to get started on your next garden project in no time.


Your hand trowel is possibly one of the most useful elements in planting and weeding. As one of the most common garden tools, it is important that your trowel has a sturdy handle and an ergonomic handle. There are many affordable beginner options out there, and you can even find multitool sets that include different types of trowels and rakes.


Mockins Professional Heavy Duty Garden BYPASS Secateurs

Loppers are important to keep a garden from becoming overgrown. Similar to scissors, pruning shears can be used to prune back dead branches, flowers, or stems, which will actually help encourage new growth. Options like Mockins Bypass Pruning Shears combine value and reliability.


Fiskars 370760-1001 Grip Weeder

Keeping weeds out of your garden seems like a never-ending process, which is why hand weeding is a handy tool to make sure that all of the weeds have been removed to prevent regrowth. Ideally, a weed hunter should be light, yet strong enough to pull up even large weeds by the roots.


True Temper 2585600 Round Point Forged Shovel

A hand trowel is great for planting flowers and other small plants, but sometimes a sturdy shovel is required to dig the correct hole. The True Temper Shovel is a reliable option that makes it easy to plant, transplant, or cut through hard roots. Compared to shallow buckets, buckets with rounded heads are better for digging through hard ground.


Spear Head Spade Garden Shovel

Many novice gardeners can get by with just a sharp shovel, although some people may want to invest in a spade. Spades like Spear Head Spade have shorter handles than shovels and are designed for digging deeper pot holes, edges, and reshaping.


63 inch adjustable garden leaf rake

The two main types of garden rakes are leaf rakes and bow rakes. Leaf rakes usually have fan-shaped heads and longer, narrower tines, or prongs, which are great for removing leaves and other garden debris from your yard. Some leaf rakes are adjustable so you can clear tight spaces in your yard. Arch rakes have shorter and thicker tines and are mainly used for spreading and leveling soil, mulch and gravel.


Nisaku stainless steel garden hoe

When maintaining gardens for spring planting or weed removal, a garden hoe will save you time and energy. The Nisaku stainless steel garden hoe has a sharp triangular blade that can cut through the hardest packed earth.


Fiskars 28 inch bypass lopper

Not all novice gardeners need loppers, which are essentially stronger long-handled loppers, but they come in handy. For gardens with larger bushes and shrubs or low overhanging branches, loppers are a convenient option for accessing these hard-to-reach areas.

Garden hose

GrowGreen expandable garden hose

Access to water is necessary for your garden to thrive in the hot summer months, especially during droughts. Garden hoses are available in different lengths, diameters and materials. However, beginners can benefit from inexpensive models such as the GrowGreen Garden Hose, which has an adjustable spray nozzle included.

Gardening gloves

Pine Tree Tools bamboo work gloves for women and men

Gardening gloves not only keep you clean, they also protect you from annoying bumps, scratches, stings, splinters and much more. When handling various plants or sharp materials like mulch and wood chips, gloves can make for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Sun hat

Columbia Unisex Adult Bora Bora Booney

Gardening is an activity that is usually associated with prolonged exposure to the sun. To protect your skin from harmful rays, a UV sun hat is a great choice. Hats like the Columbia Bora Bora Booney wick away sweat, have a full brim, and are made from material that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

knee pad

Thick knee pads, Garden Kneeler for gardening

If you don’t want to damage your knees while taking care of your yard, a padded foam knee pad is a lightweight and easily transportable accessory. Not only is it more comfortable than kneeling directly on the floor, knee pads keep your legs dry when the floor is damp.

Watering can

Gardman 8327 Hunter Green galvanized steel watering can with copper accents

For those with smaller gardens or those who may not have access to a hose, watering cans are a great way to provide your plants with the moisture they need. Some models, like the Gardman Galvanized Irrigation, can not only do the job but also add a beautiful aesthetic to your garden.

Matthew Young is an author for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a unique mission: to help you simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

Copyright 2021 BestReviews, a Nexstar company. All rights reserved.

Close modally

Suggest a correction