You do not need to spend a fortune on tools nowadays, as many Supermarket tools are adequate for the job. If you are paying more than the suggested “Target price”, (TP) you are shopping at the wrong place! It is how you use the tools, not the price that makes the difference! Listed below are some of the essentials to get you started.
The tool of choice for cultivating fallow ground or digging trenches. If you can afford it, a stainless steel blade with a plastic coated steel shaft is ideal. Make sure that the plastic handle is wide enough for you to grip easily while wearing a gardening glove. (Target price £10 )
The tool of choice for general cultivation, as using it instead of a spade, makes it is easier to remove perennial weeds and break up the soil. It is also much better for digging “claggy” soils as the earth does not stick to the fork nearly as much as it sticks to a spade. If you can afford it, a stainless steel head with a plastic coated steel shaft is ideal. Make sure that the plastic handle is wide enough for you to grip easily it while wearing a gardening glove. (Target price £10 )
A cheap all metal one with a plastic coated handle will last for a long time. (TP £4)
Get a metal one with a stainless steel head, if you can afford it. (TP£10)
Get a large builder’s barrow with a pneumatic tyre wheel. They are easier to push, though be prepared to mend the occasional puncture with a cycle repair kit, and pump up the tyre with a foot pump, as used for car tyres. (TP £25)
HAND TROWEL & HAND FORK
Both are essential, and ones with a stainless steel head are best. (TP £2 each)
Most people use an old wooden handle as a dibber. It is used to create shallow holes in the ground prior to planting onions,shallots, garlic, etc., and deep holes for planting out potatoes and leeks.
If you have fruit bushes, you will need a good pair for pruning the bushes. Get the large size with “by-pass” action. TP( £15)
If you have trees, get the type with “bypass” blades, and extending handles so that you can reach the higher branches. (TP£10)
Obviously only required if you have hedges to clip!! (TP£5)