Gardening Gear I Recommend
These are items I consider essential in the garden. You’ll notice most of them are not actually garden tools. While I’m a big fan of good quality tools, I thought it might be more helpful to list a few unexpected favourites.
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1. Garden Gloves | I go through about 6 pairs of these each year. I like the combination of grip and breathability and unlike cloth garden gloves, they don’t get soggy.
2. Wide Brim hat | I don’t want to need a hat like this but the fact is, sun damage is dangerous and we’re sitting ducks when we’re gardening. Protect your skin however you can.
3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS 16.1 MP | Fits in my pocket while I’m gardening: you never know when you’ll see something cool to photograph. If you’re just starting out, there are lots of great low-cost cameras these days.
4. Brother Label Maker | I use my label maker to create plant tags that last indefinitely. You can leave them outdoors all year round and they show no sign of wear—if you use laminated (waterproof) tape.
5. Laminated Tape | If you want your plant tags to last forever, use laminated tape in the label maker.
6. Hand Weeder | Good shovels, spades, and pruners are essential but if I had to name one tool I use the most, it’s this goofy hand weeder. Excellent for pulling deep weed roots.
8. Nylon Gaiters | While not exactly gardening gear, I can’t live without my gaiters. They provide the benefits of tall boots without the weight or restriction. They’re great for gardening or hiking when there’s risk of tick bites, damp, or snow. They protects my legs and keeps my pants dry.