Basic Tools for Vegetable Gardening

Every gardener needs a modest array of tools. To start, a shovel, hoe, rake, and something to deliver water to the site is about all you absolutely must have. Sooner or later you will accumulate a collection limited only by your enthusiasm. Tools make the job easier and save wear and tear on your body.

High-quality tools are worth the investment because they work well and last for years. Clean tools after each use to prevent rust, and sharpen seasonally.

Here is a list of the basic garden tools.

  • File, sharpening stone, or diamond file
    To keep tools sharp.
  • Garden rake
    For breaking up large clumps of soil and raking the soil surface level and smooth.
  • Hoe
    For weeding, cultivating, and opening seed furrows.
  • Round-nosed shovel
    For digging large holes.
  • Scissors or pruning shears
    For harvesting.
  • Spading fork
    For double-digging and digging root crops such as potatoes.
  • Sprayer
    To apply fungicides and insecticides.
  • Trowel and garden claw
    For transplanting and scratching in side applications of fertilizer.
  • Water sources
    Garden hose, watering can, and soaker hose or sprinkler system.
  • Wheelbarrow or child’s wagon
    For carrying transplants, tools, and other items to the garden and for transporting garden debris to the compost site.