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How Does Your Garden Grow: Seven Tools You’ll Need This Spring

April 09, 2013

Chicago home gardening tipsHow does your garden grow? Well, it doesn’t. Not unless you have these essential tools for spring gardening. Here’s a list of the most important gardening tools you’ll need this spring to really get things in bloom.

First, you’ve got to look the part. You’ll need to look garden chic, right? No, not that kind of garden party. (For this party, the most delicate thing on the menu is a mud pies.) Let’s start off with the essentials. You will need some pretty, tough gloves to protect your hands. Literally, you can find some that are both pretty and tough. They’ll protect your manicure from chipping and make it easier to grab all those roots. Then, you’ll need a gardening apron. It doesn’t sound like it’s a must-have, but after ruining the fifth shirt you’ve worn while working, you’ll understand why a good apron is indispensable. Get one with pockets and in a color you can easily clean. If you’re fair skinned, and even if you’re not, you are also going to want to look into a hat; wide-brimmed garden hats are a great way to keep the sun off your face.

Now that you are looking and feeling like a bona fide green thumb, it’s time to gather up your tools. If you’re starting small, you can find a three to four piece tool kit at any home and garden store. It should consist of a gardening fork, a digging spade, a trowel and a soil scoop. If you’re gardening on a larger scale, you’ll need to purchase the larger individual tools made for bigger projects.

It may not seem like it now, but eventually, you’re garden will bloom into something extraordinary, and you’ll need to do regular maintenance with tools such as shears and pruners. Again, we’re working on scales here, so don’t go buy a pair of long handled shears, capable of cutting through tree braches, just so you can properly prune that potted basil plant. Everything available on a large scale is made for the patio gardeners as well.

Speaking of pots, you’ll need those. You can find old whiskey barrels for large yard displays, or you can pick up simple terra cotta pots for your herb garden. Either way, a few pots here and there add a little something to the landscape instead of just rows and rows of tulips.

If you are focusing on herbs, tomatoes or anything edible for that matter, you’re going to want labels. To avoid any confusion on what plant is what, especially if you plan on eating your harvest, add labels to your greenery. Even if you don’t plan on feasting on the literal fruits of your labor, vintage-looking labels or signs add a certain je ne sais quoi to a garden. (That’s French for “get the labels.”)

If you are working on a large project, allow me to introduce the wheelbarrow. You’re back will thank you. Smaller scale gardeners, rest easy. There’s something in it for you too. While you don’t need a full wheelbarrow, you could certainly benefit from a garden cart.

Before you sit down to enjoy that lemonade after all your hard work, remember: your plants are thirsty too. Pick up a watering can or a garden hose to make sure your hard work doesn’t shrivel in the sun.

Now, would you pass the lemonade, please?

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