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Great Gardening Tools for the New Gardener

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Looking to start gardening? Here are some great gardening tools that will help you get on your way! Gardening is a great hobby for anyone at any age, I actually didn’t start until I was 35!


How I Started Gardening

My first gardening experience was planting daffodil bulbs and I was not sure if they’d come up or not, and they did!! I was so excited to see them bloom! I also planted some pumpkin seeds that did start to get the big leaves but never produced pumpkins. In hindsight I didn’t move them when I was supposed to and apparently that was essential. This year I’m just going to plant them further apart and hopefully that’ll work. I did plant a coneflower last year that I see is coming up again this year, which is fun! I bought a couple four packs of flowers this year that I planted as well. It’s been fun to see them bloom, though I did catch my bunny friend snacking on them the other day!

I’ve never liked gardening in the past, partially because I was never a fan of being outside, but with having 3 boys I spend A LOT of time outside when it’s nice out so it’s good to keep myself busy. It feels good to see the fruits of my labor and even pulling weeds is rewarding to see them disappear, for a while at least.

Since then, I have started vegetable gardening!! Here in Minnesota though it’s Spring there is still a lot of snow on the ground, up to 6 feet drifts in some areas at the end of March! I’ve started seedlings inside and am excited to bring them outside when they’re ready and it’s warm enough!


Brand of Gardening Tools

I highly recommend Fiskars gardening products. They are well made and have a wonderful LIFETIME warranty! I had a handle that broke off of one of my plastic tools as I was digging and they sent me a new one without hassle. Even with the replacement tool, I now prefer the metal tools as shown below.

The metal tools are SO durable and comfortable to use with the large padded grip on each tool.


Gardening Scratch Tool Set

I use the three tools below the most and they are very high quality. I love that the spade has measuring marks on it so I know how deep I’ve dug since different plants and seeds need different depths. This tool set includes a shovel, hand rake, and spade. They are great for weeding, planting, and gardening in general.

Fiskars 3-in-1 Garden Tool Set - Trowel, Transplanter, Cultivator for Gardening - Lawn and Garden Holiday Gift Set - Black/Orange
Fiskars 3-in-1 Garden Tool Set - Trowel, Transplanter, Cultivator for Gardening - Lawn and Garden Holiday Gift Set - Black/Orange
by OUTDOOR_LIVING
  • 3-IN-1 ESSENTIAL GARDENING SET: Heavy duty, ergonomic hand trowel, transplanter, and cultivator garden tool set; Ideal for a variety of gardening tasks like digging in tough soil, weeding, turning soil, aerating, transplanting and more
  • MAXIMUM POWER AND PRECISION: Cast-aluminum heads and tines boost power for digging in tough soil and enhance rust resistance; SoftGrip ergonomic handles allow for more control of each tool and reduce fatigue
  • LONG-LASTING AND RELIABLE: Polished cast-aluminum heads and forked tines stay sharp through heavy use and provide excellent durability for lasting value; Fiskars hand trowels and garden tools are built to last
  • QUALITY GARDEN TOOLS: Designed to help you cultivate a better garden, Fiskars garden and yard tools are equipped with smart technologies and award-winning, ergonomic features; Ideal gardening gifts for women and men
  • INCLUDES: Fiskars Ergo Trowel, Transplanter, and Cultivator; Full lifetime warranty
 Price: $ 26.38 Buy now at Amazon

Pruning Shears

Fiskars Pruning Shears are great for indoor and outdoor use. I use them indoors to trim fresh flowers when they need to trimmed while in water. They are much sharper than a regular scissors so provide a cleaner cut which helps the flowers living longer.

I also use them outdoors to trim back plants and flowers when they’re done blooming. They work really well for the thick shoots of some of the plants around our home.

Fiskars Bypass Pruning Shears 5/8” Garden Clippers - Plant Cutting Scissors with Sharp Precision-Ground Steel Blade
Fiskars Bypass Pruning Shears 5/8” Garden Clippers - Plant Cutting Scissors with Sharp Precision-Ground Steel Blade
by Fiskars
  • GARDENING ESSENTIAL: Steel blade plant shears ideal for a variety of pruning tasks like cutting flower stems, maintaining your herb garden, and more to encourage overall plant health and appearance
  • MAXIMUM POWER AND PRECISION: Low-friction blade coating makes smooth cuts, reduces gumming, and enhances rust resistance; Self-cleaning sap groove keeps blades from sticking and non-slip grip handle and easy-open lock allows for more control of clippers
  • LONG-LASTING AND RELIABLE: Steel blades stay sharp through heavy use and provide excellent durability for lasting value; Fiskars pruning shears and tools are built to last
  • QUALITY GARDEN TOOLS: Designed to help you cultivate a better garden, Fiskars garden and yard tools are equipped with smart technologies and award-winning, ergonomic features that make it easier and more enjoyable to transform your outdoor space
  • INCLUDES: Fiskars Bypass Pruning Shears; Full lifetime warranty
List Price: $ 20.99 You Save: $ 7.01 (-33%)  Price: $ 13.98 Buy now at Amazon

Big Grip Weeder

The Big Grip Weeder is SO handy for weeding. I actually was trying to think of what other gardening tools I love so I asked my husband and he told me this was one of his favorites! It’s able to get down to the root of the weed easier than most tools, to pull the whole thing out!


Garden Hori Knife with Sheath

The Garden Hori Knife with Sheath is great for pulling weeds if you don’t have the tool above, for planting, splitting plants, transplanting, and more! The measurements help you know how deep the hole is that you’re digging before you plant.

Fiskars Hori Hori Knife - Heavy Duty Gardening Hand Tool with Hang Hole - Lawn and Yard Tools - Black/Orange
Fiskars Hori Hori Knife - Heavy Duty Gardening Hand Tool with Hang Hole - Lawn and Yard Tools - Black/Orange
by Fiskars
  • GARDENING ESSENTIAL: Heavy duty hori knife and hand tool ideal for a variety of gardening tasks like weeding, planting, splitting, transplanting, and more to encourage overall plant health and appearance
  • MAXIMUM POWER AND PRECISION: Dual-edged knife with precision-ground edge designed for multi-purpose cutting; Serrated blade edge for sawing through thick growth; Forked tip for efficient weeding; Easy-to-read measurements help determine plant depth; SoftGrip handle boosts comfort and reduces fatigue
  • LONG-LASTING AND RELIABLE: Corrosion-resistant stainless steel blade stays sharp through heavy use and provides excellent durability for lasting value; Fiskars garden hand tools are built to last
  • QUALITY GARDEN TOOLS: Designed to help you cultivate a better garden, Fiskars garden and yard tools are equipped with smart technologies and award-winning, ergonomic features that make it easier and more enjoyable to transform your outdoor space
  • INCLUDES: Fiskars Hori Hori Hand Tool with hang hole and sheath; Full lifetime warranty
List Price: $ 24.99 You Save: $ 1.92 (-8%)  Price: $ 23.07 Buy now at Amazon

Big Grip Transplanter

This transplanter is great for digging, transplanting, and scooping new soil.

Fiskars 70746935J Big Grip Transplanter
Fiskars 70746935J Big Grip Transplanter
by Fiskars Garden
  • Ideal for transplanting small plants and flowers
  • Padded, oversized handle provides exceptional grip and comfortable use
  • Gradation marks on the blade make it easy to measure depth for perfect transplants
  • Polished cast-aluminum head with sharpened edge resists rust and won’t bend or break while digging
  • Lifetime warranty
List Price: $ 19.79 You Save: $ 2.79 (-14%)  Price: $ 17.00 Buy now at Amazon

Gardening Gloves

These gardening gloves are amazing! They are breathable yet durable. They’re coated in rubber so you’re protected from prickly things like thistles yet breathable on top, which is ideal!

COOLJOB Gardening Gloves for Women and Ladies, 6 Pairs Breathable Rubber Coated Yard Garden Gloves, Outdoor Protective Work Gloves with Grip, Medium Size Fits Most, Lavender Purple & Apple Green
COOLJOB Gardening Gloves for Women and Ladies, 6 Pairs Breathable Rubber Coated Yard Garden Gloves, Outdoor Protective Work Gloves with Grip, Medium Size Fits Most, Lavender Purple & Apple Green
by COOLJOB

GARDENING GLOVES SPECIALLY FOR WOMEN - Lightweight & breathable knitted base for a comfortable fit. Flexible rubber coating in lavender purple and apple green is designed to keep your hands cool & dry. Thicken fingertip will protect your hands and nails perfectly. Long and flexible cuff will keep dirt and debris out.
DURABLE & VERSTILE - Soft but sturdy foamed latex coating reduces fatigue. Compared with competitor's, our non-slip grip allows you to perform well when weeding, planting, digging, seeding, picking or pulling fruits and vegetables. Also great for working at yard landscaping, handling box at warehouse, repairing cars motorcycles, driving and DIY wood carving

List Price: $ 14.99 You Save: $ 1.00 (-7%)  Price: $ 13.99 ($ 2.33 / Count) Buy now at Amazon

30-Gal Collapsible Bag

The 30-Gallon Collapsible Bag stands up tall when in use and collapses down to 3″ for storage. This is great to take with you wherever you’re pulling weeds, collecting leaves, or pruning. And look, it’s already full so it’s like you’ve already been working for a couple hours!

Ok, just kidding, it doesn’t come pre-filled, luckily, but it is amazing how much this bag holds and how durable it is.

Fiskars Kangaroo Collapsible Garden Bag - 30 Gallon Lawn and Leaf Bag - Container for Lawn Care and Gardening - Green
Fiskars Kangaroo Collapsible Garden Bag - 30 Gallon Lawn and Leaf Bag - Container for Lawn Care and Gardening - Green
by Fiskars

IDEAL LAWN BAG: 30-gallon pop-up gardening container with sturdy handles and tear and mildew resistant vinyl-coated polyester construction; Works well for cleaning up lawn waste, toys from the yard, or laundry from the clothesline
INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Folds to 3 inches for space-saving storage; Internal spring activates to pop open when garden bag is ready to be used; Sturdy handles provide comfortable carrying and unloading

List Price: $ 30.99 You Save: $ 8.00 (-26%)  Price: $ 22.99 Buy now at Amazon

Garden Tool Organizer

Having gardening tools is great but having someplace to store and organize it is even better! Ok, at least to me, I love organizing. I’ve found that having an organizer that fits over a 5-Gallon bucket is ideal. Then it’s sturdy, I can fit a lot in it, and easily take it with me where I need it around the yard. There are different sizes of pockets to fit different tools, while all keeping them easily at-hand for when needed.

For this one I recommend the Fiskars brand if you’re looking for an inexpensive option. I have this one and love it. It holds all of my gardening tools and so much more.

Note: this only includes the canvas bucket organizer, you’ll need to supply the 5-Gallon pail and tools.

Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy
 Price: $ 34.81 Buy now at Amazon

If you have a bit more money to spend and want something more robust, I’ve heard GREAT things about the BucketBoss Garden Organizer pictured below.

Bucket Boss - Garden Boss Bucket Tool Organizer (Fits 5 Gallon Bucket), Bucket Organization (GB20010)
Bucket Boss - Garden Boss Bucket Tool Organizer (Fits 5 Gallon Bucket), Bucket Organization (GB20010)
by Bucket Boss
  • 600 poly ripstop fabric
  • Fits most 5 Gal. buckets
  • Stores gardening supplies
  • Long pockets to hold trowels and spades
  • Clip for gloves and 3 speed pockets
 Price not available Buy now at Amazon

Kneeling Pad

A kneeling pad isn’t required BUT very helpful. I have a bunch of the little thin ones which work fine but I’d recommend one like this that is bigger and thicker, your knees will thank you. This is great not only for your knees but also to protect your pants from dirt, wet grass, etc.

NETANY Extra Thick Kneeling Pad for Gardening, Comfortable Knee Pad Cushion, Extra Large Foam Kneeler Mat for Gardening, Baby Bath, Workout, Exercise & Yoga, Mechanic, 17.8 x 11 x 1.5 in, Black
NETANY Extra Thick Kneeling Pad for Gardening, Comfortable Knee Pad Cushion, Extra Large Foam Kneeler Mat for Gardening, Baby Bath, Workout, Exercise & Yoga, Mechanic, 17.8 x 11 x 1.5 in, Black
by NETANY

GET RID OF HARD ROCK-LIKE KNEELING PADS: This kneeling pad is made with high-density foam to give better and stronger support for knees but feels softer and spongy which makes it more comfortable than others to use even for long-term kneeling work, while the flimsy or stiff ones are not got for anything and even hurt your knees with the rock-like hardness.

List Price: $ 16.00 You Save: $ 4.31 (-27%)  Price: $ 11.69 Buy now at Amazon

Garden Buddy/Kneeler

If you’d like something more robust for gardening than a simple kneeling pad, the 2-in-1 Garden Kneeler Seat that can be used as a kneeler or a seat and also has two pouches on the side to hold gardening tools! Even better, it folds up for easy storage!

Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat, Heavy Duty Garden Stool with EVA Foam Kneeling Pad, Foldable Gardening Bench with 2 Tool Pouches, 2-in-1 Portable Gardening Supplies, Idea Gifts for Women Men Seniors
Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat, Heavy Duty Garden Stool with EVA Foam Kneeling Pad, Foldable Gardening Bench with 2 Tool Pouches, 2-in-1 Portable Gardening Supplies, Idea Gifts for Women Men Seniors
by Ohuhu

✿ HAPPY KNEES: This handy garden kneeler features an elevated kneeling pad that reduces aches from prolonged kneeling, and keeps your knees away from the muddy ground and grass
✿ KNEELING PAD & GARDEN CHAIR: Flips over to become a garden chair so you can tend to your long-stemmed plants and bigger shrubs in complete comfort (weight capacity: 330. 69lbs/150kg)

List Price: $ 59.99 You Save: $ 18.00 (-30%)  Price: $ 41.99 Buy now at Amazon

Bypass Lopper

These aren’t necessarily required BUT if you have some hard to reach branches or flowers you need to trim, these will work wonders! They are 28″ long to help you reach hard to reach places!

Fiskars 28" Steel Blade Garden Bypass Lopper and Tree Trimmer - Sharp Precision-Ground Steel Blade for Cutting up to 1.5" Diameter
Fiskars 28" Steel Blade Garden Bypass Lopper and Tree Trimmer - Sharp Precision-Ground Steel Blade for Cutting up to 1.5" Diameter
by Fiskars
  • IDEAL BRANCH TRIMMER: 28" Steel blade garden bypass lopper that glides through up to 1.5" thick branches for easy cuts; Works well for trimming tree branches to maintain your yard and garden, and to encourage overall plant health and appearance
  • MAXIMUM POWER AND PRECISION: Low-friction blade coating makes smooth cuts, reduces gumming, and enhances rust resistance; Non-slip grip handle allows for more control of clippers
  • LONG-LASTING AND RELIABLE: Steel blades stay sharp through heavy use and provide excellent durability for lasting value; Fiskars pruning shears and tools are built to last and backed by a full lifetime warranty
  • QUALITY GARDEN TOOLS: Designed to help you cultivate a better garden, Fiskars garden and yard tools are equipped with smart technologies and award-winning, ergonomic features that make it easier and more enjoyable to transform your outdoor space
  • INCLUDES: 1 Fiskars Manual Bypass Lopper measuring 28” long; Makes clean cuts on branches up to 1-1/2" in diameter
 Price: $ 26.90 Buy now at Amazon

Weeder

This is another one that totally isn’t necessary BUT is a huge back saver if you have a lot of weeding to do. We love using this for dandelions and thistles. It works really well and even pulls out the roots, which is needed for them not to grow back.

The tool is 39″ which really helps with not having to bend over to pull weeds. We often will use this for weeding and then put the roots right into collapsible bag mentioned above.

Fiskars 3-Claw Stand Up Weeder - Gardening Hand Weeding Tool with 39" Long Ergonomic Handle - Black/Orange
Fiskars 3-Claw Stand Up Weeder - Gardening Hand Weeding Tool with 39" Long Ergonomic Handle - Black/Orange
by Fiskars Garden
  • MANUAL WEEDING TOOL: Lightweight, long shaft handle weed puller with easy-eject design to help prevent sore knees and back aches from kneeling and bending; Makes weed removal quicker and easier without multiple applications or harsh, costly chemicals
  • EFFICIENT AND COMFORTABLE DESIGN: Offset handle helps reduce wrist strain; Integrated viewing window allows you to see weeds while four serrated; Stainless-steel claws firmly grab weeds and roots for permanent removal
  • LONG-LASTING AND RELIABLE: Stainless-steel blades stay sharp through heavy use and provide excellent durability for lasting value; Fiskars manual weeders and tools are built to last and backed by a full lifetime warranty
  • QUALITY GARDEN TOOL: Designed to help you cultivate a better garden, Fiskars garden and yard tools are equipped with smart technologies and award-winning, ergonomic features that make it easier and more enjoyable to transform your outdoor space
  • INCLUDES: 1 Fiskars 39" long hand weeder; Included lifetime warranty
 Price: $ 42.79 Buy now at Amazon

4-in-1 Soil Analyzer

A couple months into having my seedlings in the house, the tomato seedlings were wilting. I was told that they were overwatered which seemed weird to me because the top of the soil was dry and I only watered them once a week on average.

I bought a 4-in-1 soil analyzer that will not only tell me if my veggies need to be watered but also if they’re getting enough or too much light, the soil pH and fertility. So far I’ve only used it to see if they are sufficiently watered and I’ve found that indeed, they are! Even when the top of the soil seems to be dry.

Which duh, I completely get that the soil would be dryer on top than inside but for some reason it just goes against what I thought I knew about plants so it’s hard for that to sink in.

I highly recommend this 4-in-1 tool and I look forward to using it for it’s other functions as well! Other gardeners with much more experience than me also suggest this tool and say it works really well as long as you follow the detailed directions.

Rapitest 4 Way Analyzer ( 716752
 Price: $ 46.15 ($ 4.08 / in) Buy now at Amazon

Get the Kids Involved Too!

If your children are interested in helping with gardening, Fiskars has tools for them as well! With this kids shovel and rake they can help shovel dirt and loosen the ground in preparation for planting. They also can help rake leaves in the fall! My boys LOVE raking leaves. I hope they continue that even as they get older.

Fiskars Kids' Essential Landscaping Set - Leaf Rake and Garden Shovel - Kids Gardening Set - 2 Piece,Red/Green
Fiskars Kids' Essential Landscaping Set - Leaf Rake and Garden Shovel - Kids Gardening Set - 2 Piece,Red/Green
by Fiskars
  • Fiskars Kids’ Essential Landscaping Set includes a right-sized shovel and rake designed to allow kids to help out around the yard, all year long
  • Digging shovel is constructed for actual digging (not just play!)
  • Leaf rake features strong, flexible, plastic tines ideal for raking and gathering leaves
  • Lightweight and sturdy, these tools are just the right size – and weight – for small hands
  • Full lifetime warranty
 Price: $ 21.99 Buy now at Amazon

Kids Gardening Tools Set

This Kids Gardening Tools set is perfect for the new little gardener! It has everything they need to help out their parents and get interested in gardening. These tools are made of metal with study wooden handles. They are great for the beach or sandbox as well. The set includes a spoon, fork, trowel, rake, and shovel.

Anzmtosn Kids Metal Garden Tool Set Sand Toy, Rake, Spade, Hoe and Leaf Rake, Beach Shovels Scoop Toy, Essential Toddler Sandbox Kit Beach Gear Accessories Outdoor Gardening, 4 Pack
Anzmtosn Kids Metal Garden Tool Set Sand Toy, Rake, Spade, Hoe and Leaf Rake, Beach Shovels Scoop Toy, Essential Toddler Sandbox Kit Beach Gear Accessories Outdoor Gardening, 4 Pack
by Anzmtosn

DURABLE ALLOY METAL TOOLS: Our children's tools are made of pine wood with good quality and clean color. The heads of the tools are supported by solid iron pieces and sprayed with environmental protection paint. And in order to ensure the product's firmness, we use two rivet reinforcing tools at the handle joint. Children can use it safely.
4 DIFFERENT TOOLS: The children's garden beach play tools include 4PCS 7 inches long handle rake, spade, shovel Long sets of tools are easy for children to use in different situations. Packed in a net bag are also good for storage.

 Price: $ 9.98 Buy now at Amazon

Gardening Gloves for Kids

My kids love helping me garden, even just little things like watering and digging holes. They especially loved to help last year when we replaced all the mulch at our house! These gardening gloves fit them perfectly and work really well to keep their hands from getting hurt while helping out.

These gloves come in different sizes and colors.

Vgo... 3-Pairs Age 3-5 Kids Gardening Gloves, Children Yard Work Gloves, Soft Safety Rubber Gloves (XXXS, KID-RB6013)
Vgo... 3-Pairs Age 3-5 Kids Gardening Gloves, Children Yard Work Gloves, Soft Safety Rubber Gloves (XXXS, KID-RB6013)
by Laborsing Safety Products Inc.

MATERIAL - Highly flexible seamless polyester liner with cute cartoon design provides hands for maximum comfort, natural foam latex palm coating with moire grain palm for anti-slip and an excellent grip. Knit wrist secure fit & keeps hands free of dust and dirt
WASHABLE - Machine washable for easy cleaning & maintenance. Quick-dry, reusable

List Price: $ 22.98 You Save: $ 6.00 (-26%)  Price: $ 16.98 ($ 5.66 / Count) Buy now at Amazon

Have Fun Gardening!!

What do you think of these ideas to get started?

Anything you feel I missed? Leave it in the comments below.


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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.

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