Garden Tools Wish List for New Gardeners

I love garden tools.

Let me amend that statement. I love garden gadgets, kits, assortments, caddies, thingies, equipment, fixtures, garden doodads, geegaws, thingamajigs, feeders, seeders, weeders, whatchamacallits, and garden tools.

first gardening hand tools

Hand trowels and large pruner. Don’t use trowels as hammers or scrapers (above left).
I know, I know.

You can push me in a corner with a garden catalog and a highlighter, and I’ll be a happy kid for hours. When too much of the catalog has been highlighted, take that one away and give me a fresh one, and I’ll never know the difference. I’m having too much fun fueling my Inner Child’s imaginary garden venture.

Ideal Garden Tools to Start With

There are as many Top Ten Garden Tool lists as there are gardeners. Here’s mine, as published in the Examiner article called Top 10 garden tool essentials. Your list will probably be similar but may not be the same. Some may shout that they can’t get by without a 15-inch leaf picker-upper-scooper tool. Some may declare the 24″ tall orange bucket to be the handiest tool known to mankind.

I should have called the list the Ideal First Ten Garden Tools, but that’d probably get an argument out of somebody.

But Wait – More Garden Tools!

The top ten essentials will get you a long ways toward your successful garden, but what about that narrow bladed shovel that just caught your eye? What of the stake mallet that you just know you can’t live without? What about the hose stand with the automatic winder-upper-thingie on the side?

This is why the powers that be invented Wish Lists. Don’t stop at the dreaming stage or the catalog highlighting stage. Get to making your list – and when your family asks you what you’d like for your birthday in a few months or for your anniversary or for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, point to the list of garden tools and say “Oh, dear – any little thing!”

You don’t have to mention that you’ve got your eye on that Kubota BX Series 25-horsepower riding tractor for Valentine’s Day – after all, the seat is sorta heart-shaped. No, not the John Deere vintage tractor spinner but I wouldn’t mind that either.