Picking the Right Tools Used For Gardening

Posted By: Stephon Devereux

If you’re thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out
there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you
will want to get the right tools to help you in this. You might be tempted
to go out to the store and just buy the nearest things you see, but you’ll
be much happier if you put lots of thought into the styles and types of
tools you’re buying. There are styles designed just for gardening, and
you’ll be better off buying those.

You can find most of the tools you will need at your local gardening or home improvement shop. Usually the employees will be simply thrilled toassist you in finding the ideal tools. If you go to a shop that specializes in gardening, you can usually get some advice in addition to service. Gardening store employees are usually an untapped wealth of wisdom, and they are how I learned almost all that I know about gardening today.

If you are having a hard time finding the right tool or if you want to
save some money, you might try looking online for the supplies you need.

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As far as basic digging tools go, you might already have all you’ll need.
There are several types that you should get though, for different specific
tasks. A round point shovel is good for digging holes for plants. A spade
is necessary for all the more intricate work. A garden fork you might not
use as much, but I have one in my tool shed and I’ve been thankful for it
on multiple occasions. Having these different varieties of digging tools
can help you to minimize the work you have to do. For example, if you try
digging a big hole with a little spade then you’ll end up rather tired.
The same goes if you are attempting to do more detailed work with a big
clumsy shovel.

A rake is an absolute necessity. You most likely already have one, but I’m
guessing it’s a lawn rake and not a garden rake. There is definitely a
difference, and if you try to use a lawn rake in a garden then you will
not be happy with the results. Same if you buy a grading or a contractor’s
rake. You’ll want to look for a bowhead rake. I’ve found these are the
best for gardening purposes. They will provide you the maximum control and
accuracy, so you don’t accidentally tear up your precious plants.

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As far as hoes go, I don’t believe any gardener should have less than 3.
There are so many useful varieties on the market that I have a hard time
recommending just one, and that’s why I’ll tell you all the ones I usually
use. The one I use the most is the onion hoe, which is very lightweight
and ideal for small cultivations and weeding. The Warren hoe is a larger
model, with a pointed end. If you need to make a hole or dig out a pesky
weed, this is the one for you. There are several other varieties, but I
recommend starting with the ones I mentioned. As you progress in your
gardening savvy, you will find the need for more types.

Most people believe that gardening just consists of a simple spade. But
there are many, many tools with many more variations that you will use in
your gardening career. Usually you can start with just a few different
tools, but you’ll always find that you can use more varieties for special
situations. It’s just a matter of recognizing when one tool could be more
efficient than another.

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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden, Easily

By: Ellen Bell and Stephon Devereux

In this article, we’ll cover the ten basic steps to teach you how to plant a vegetable garden this year.

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After a long winter, a large number of us are prepared to get out into our yards handle some little home improvement projects. One well known project that numerous American property holders will go up against this spring is putting in a vegetable garden. With many of us searching for approaches to trim back our budgets and our waistlines, developing your own produce at home is picking up in popularity. Not only would you be able to grow a variety of solid, healthy foods at a small amount of the costs you’d pay at a market, yet you additionally have the genuine feelings of serenity of knowing precisely where your nourishment has originated from. In this article, we’ll cover the ten basic steps to take to develop a productive vegetable garden in your yard this year.

1. Pick the best area.

For a vegetable garden, you ought to search out a spot in your yard that gets no less than 6-8 hours of daylight for every day and that has all around depleted soil.

2. Prepare the ground.

After you’ve removed the sod and worked up the dirt, a critical step before planting is to revise the dirt with some natural matter like peat moss or manure.

3. Start your seeds early, if possible.

Having the longest and largest harvest in the summer means you want to get your plants started as early as possible in the spring. If possible, use a small home greenhouse. Coldframes in your garden can also be quite useful for protecting young, delicate plants from late frosts.

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4. Mulch after planting.

Once all your plants are in the garden and have started growing, be sure to spread a thick layer of mulch over everything. This will help the soil retain moisture and will keep weed growth at a minimum.

5. Regular support is critical!

Try not to neglect your garden for a considerable length of time at once. Get out consistently to water, thin weeds, and trim or pinch back plants as necessary.

6. Fertilize at the right time.

Different vegetables will require fertilizing at different times. Consult a vegetable gardening book or authoritative website to find out when to apply fertilizers to each plant. Fertilizing is critical to getting the biggest and best harvest from your plants.

7. Deal with pests right away.

If you see damage to your plants caused by insects, rabbits, birds, or other garden pests, take action immediately. Install cages to keep rabbits and birds away and apply insecticides (either chemical or natural, as you prefer) to kill insects. Pests can damage a crop very quickly, so it’s important not to delay.

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8. Remove diseased plants immediately.

If you notice that one of your tomatoes is beginning to blight, pull the entire plant from the garden right away. Removing a diseased plant from the garden quickly may save the rest of your crop.

9. Harvest produce promptly and regularly.

With most vegetable plants, you’ll get the largest and longest harvests if you keep picking produce very regularly. Bean plants, for example, will stop producing very rapidly if you leave them for a week or two without picking the pods.

10. Don’t forget the year-end maintenance.

At the end of the season, be sure to remove all plants; don’t let them die and overwinter in the garden. If possible, add some compost or other organic matter to the soil at the end of the season, as this will have the most benefit for next year’s crops if it sits over the winter. Last but not least, cover your garden beds with black landscape cloth. In the spring, when the snow melts, the black fabric will attract the sun’s heat, helping to warm your soil faster so you can plant even earlier next year.

 

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