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8 Best tools and essentials for your outdoor garden

With a decent monsoon this year, it is a good time to plant some beautiful flowers and shrubs. Whether you are going for a simple repotting or if you are building an entire kitchen garden from scratch, you need to have some tools and essentials handy before you get in the mud. You do not want to be caught off-guard without an essential item right in the middle of planting.

We are going to list a few tools along with some essential items that would help make your gardening experience seamless and smooth.

Before you begin, make sure you have these tools and items. Here they are, starting with the essentials.

1) Planters

Whether you are building your garden from scratch or doing some repotting, you need to ensure that you have the correct number of planters and pots ready. They also need to be of the right size and with a well-draining system. You can go for some ornamental ones or basic ones depending on where and how you are planning to place your pots. Hanging plants and vines require a different type of planter along with a trellis, so you need to make sure that you are completely ready with these items beforehand.

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2) Seeds and saplings

The most important of the items for your garden, you need to have the right seeds and saplings for your garden. Depending on what you are planning to plant, as per the time of the year, you need to make sure that you have good cuttings and fresh seeds. If you are using a cutting from your own plant, you need to make sure that it is well moistened and kept fresh before planting. For seeds, you can also try and germinate them in a tray before actually planting them in the soil.

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3) Soil mix and coco peat

One of the most important rules of gardening is to always have potting soil mix ready and handy. When you are building a garden, especially on an apartment balcony or a terrace, you need to have extra potting soil ready. There are a variety of potting soils available in the market today. You need to find the one that is organic and good for your plants. You can also make potting soil mix by buying individual soil, coco peat, and plant food and mixing it all up. The good thing about this is that you can store the mixed version to be used as and when required.

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These were some of the essentials that you must have before you begin gardening. Now let’s see few handy tools that’ll make the task more efficient.

4) Cultivator

Whether you are building a garden on land or with pots, breaking up hard soil to mix it up or even ground it up well is a difficult and time-consuming task. A cultivator is a tool that makes this particular task easy. This lightweight tool, with its good grip, helps you comfortably break up large chunks of hard soil, grind them up well, and mix it with peat and plant food. It is an important tool for levelling up soil especially for a vegetable patch or big pots.

5) Hoe with double prong

Nothing works as good as a multi-purpose tool. This hoe has a double-edged prong on one end to loosen up the soil while the other side, which is the hoe, is perfect for breaking ground, cutting weeds, or even removing stuck soil. Made of hardened steel and a solid comfortable grip, this super tool is very durable and rust-proof. As it is two tools built into one, you save on money, time, and effort for an efficient and smooth gardening experience.

6) Pressure Sprayer

A pressure sprayer is an important tool if you are using insecticides, pesticides, or fertilizers in your garden. As these items are potentially harmful to your hands and eyes, it is advisable to use this tool to spray your plants and avoid direct contact with your hands or eyes. With a pumping technique to build up pressure, this pressure sprayer with a capacity of 1.5 litres can work wonders. It is ideal to use for spraying insecticides on plants, pesticides on plants and soil, and using fertilizers in the soil. The pressure ensures that the fertilizer percolates deep down into the soil.

7) Pruning shears

No gardening process is complete without pruning. Without the right tool to deal with it, you may end up cutting more than required or hurting yourself. A good pruning shear is important to have so that you can do your pruning part effortlessly and efficiently. With high-quality sharp blades made of steel and a good tension grip, this set of pruning shears is ideal for hard branches and dried tips.

8) Gardening gloves

Another important item to have during gardening is gloves. Many times your hands get stained from the soil so much that multiple washing efforts do not clean them. Then you are also touching harmful fertilizers, insecticides, and other chemicals and being exposed to the danger of getting cut or pricked. All these could be avoided by simply wearing a pair of gardening gloves. These gloves have long sleeves to protect your arms from sunlight as well as other harmful things like cuts, insects, skin infections, and dirty soil.

When you have the right tools and essentials at your arm’s reach, gardening becomes effortless and delightful. Some people say that gardening is like therapy and to make it so, these are some tools that’ll make the process more enjoyable.

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