When it comes to taking care of your garden, you want to have the essentials ready to go without having to make an extra trip to the store. So how do you go about setting up the perfect garden tool kit? Here are the ten essential supplies you should have on hand at all times.
1. Something To Actually Grow
One of the most important garden supplies you should have on hand is seeds and transplants. You can’t have a garden if you don’t have anything to plant. You should look for seeds that work in the kind of soil you have in your planned garden; some seeds require acidic soil, while others require more basic soil. Do your research so you don’t end up buying the wrong seeds.
2. Good Soil
Even if you have dirt that you can dig up, it’s a good idea to have a few bags of soil on hand. They are rife with nutrients that your new plants will need to grow, and will help to balance out the dirt in your garden so that your plants can grow more effectively.
Think of compost as the healthy food you put into your body. It’s rich in vitamins that your plants will need to grow better. Compost is mostly made of organic material, such as worm castings, that keep the soil nutrient-rich for your plants to thrive on.
This is the top-most layer of your garden and is designed to not only keep out weeds but to also help your soil retain moisture so that it doesn’t dry out too quickly. Pine chips are one of the most commonly used forms of mulch.
5. Gardening Gloves
This isn’t about keeping your manicure, this is about staying safe. Working with plants and the soil can expose your skin to a lot of bacteria and other biological agents that aren’t good for your skin. You always want to protect your palms from any damage when you’re pulling up roots or pruning a stubborn plant.
6. Gardening Tools
These should be the basics: spade, shovel, and a good pair of garden scissors. That’s really all you need to start out, and you can supplement your tool supply with more complicated tools in the future.
7. Hose and Sprayer
Plants need water to grow, and you don’t want to haul a watering bucket back and forth. A hose helps you to move around and water your plants with very little hassle.
8. Tub Trugs
These are basic plastic tubs that can be used to store your tools or saplings so that you can carry what you need to and from your garden.
9. Plant Supports
These include trellises and flexible green wires that you use to help keep your plants upright so that they can grow towards the sun. These are especially important for plants like tomatoes since the fruits weigh down the branches.
10. Multi-purpose Insecticides
You’re not the only one who thinks your garden is delicious; there are plenty of pests who have no problem feasting on your vegetables or flowers too. Keep a multi-purpose insecticide around so that you can kill off a wider variety of pests that may plague your garden.
That’s it! That’s all you really need to get started in taking care of your first garden!