Start a garden with these tools

Starting a garden or plant-potting project to beautify your space or grow your own grub? Make sure to include these essential tools in your gardening kit.

Spade: Use this shovel to do more than dig. A metal tip will help break up dirt and spread it around.

Garden fork: Picture the “American Gothic” painting or Eddie Albert from “Green Acres.” The fork proves ideal for breaking up soil and removing weeds or dirt clumps.

Hose: A water source is a must when planting flowers or veggies. Make sure you soak your newly established tomatoes and begonias.

Hoe: Dig a trench for bulbs or pile soil around plants with this ancient gardening tool.

Hand weeder: Get down on your hands and knees and use this tool to get to the root of your problems, or they’ll just pop back up.

Wheelbarrow: Perfect for moving mulch and soil or collecting yard waste and compost, but keep a container at your side.

Bucket: Gather your tools and head to the yard, then collect weeds and waste inside while you work.

Work gloves: Avoid blisters while pulling weeds and don’t get stuck by a thorn or expose yourself to poisonous plants. Leather or synthetic will last longer than the cotton variety.

Rake: This popular tool that comes in steel, plastic and bamboo varieties can be used to break up and level soil, gather dead leaves and grass, or snag weeds.

Pruner: As your garden grows, like Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, you’ll need this tool to cut back your silver bells.

Fencing: If you want your carrots and tomatoes to make it to your table, fencing can keep Thumper and Bambi from raiding your patch.

Edger: Clean lines make your garden or flower bed a bright spot. Use an edger to create new lines or clean up existing beds.

Watering can: Don’t want to drag out the hose to water a couple of pots or plants? Make sure you have a watering can on hand.

Stakes: Keep trees from tipping, give your tomatoes a cage of support, or allow ivy to spread on a trellis with these wooden or metal tools.

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