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Getting the Proper Gardening Tools

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You don't need to spend a lot to start a garden, but you will require some basic tools. You can get started for under $100 - less if you can find tools at yard sales, flea markets, and online vendors, such as Gardensupermart's garden tool selection.

Choosing the Tools You Need

  1. Select a spading fork as your first tool. Before you plant anything, you will need to open and improve the soil. A spading fork looks like a pitchfork but has a shorter handle and wider tines. It is used to dig down into hard soil and break up the ground.
  2. Next, choose a garden hoe. A hoe is useful for weeding and cultivating the surface of the soil to allow for penetration of nutrients and water.
  3. Choose a watering can. Long nozzles allow the water to come out at a very gentle flow rate and are useful for reaching across long distances. Select a watering can that has a detachable spray head - this type of watering can is perfect for watering young seedlings.
  4. Select a round-ended shovel for larger digging projects, such as planting shrubs and trees.
  5. Buy a good bow rake, which has short tines on one side attached to a metal frame or 'bow.' It's used for leveling the soil after it has been turned and prior to planting, or for removing large clods of earth or rocks from the soil. You can also turn a bow rake over and use the flat side to smooth soil in preparation for planting.
  6. Select a pair of garden shears that fits comfortably in your hand. Shears, sometimes called clippers, are used for pruning, shaping and removing foliage or branches. Don't buy the most expensive shears until you decide you like gardening.

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