When I was new to gardening, I went crazy buying every tool I could get my hands on.
I wanted to have the best- stocked tool shed, although most of my gardening activity was limited to planting, pruning and transplanting.
In retrospect, I should have been more practical and spent less money on tools and more money on plants!
Do gardeners need all these shovels?
I remember the anxiety I felt facing the tool department those days.
I came in for a shovel and there were so many different types to choose from, I had no idea what I needed!
A straight edged shovel? A pointed shovel? An over sized shovel?
I ended up buying one of each!
Hand tools can be multipurpose or for specific tasks such as hedge trimming
Hand pruners were another source of confusion.
Did I need anvil pruners or bypass pruners?
Selecting tools for the new gardener can be as daunting as selecting cuts of meat for the novice cook or selecting the proper wine for your cuisine.
Check out this video on basic garden tool selection.
I hope it gives you some direction so you don’t spend money on unnecessary tools like I did!
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