It wasn't always like this though. Like Luke Skywalker training with Yoda on Dagobah, where was my Jedi Master to guide me through the labyrinth of garden products at Mitre 10?
Then she appeared, my mother-in-law (MIL for short). She with the innately green fingers and a lifetime of experience. With her by my side, I bought my first three gardening tools (which later expanded to a sum total of five).
So, based on my half -year journey from novice to fledgling vegetable-grower, this is The Turnip List of the five gardening tools you can't do without:
- Garden spade: I use this to scoop up compost and layer it onto my vegetable patch. Or just for moving a pile of stuff from Point A to Point B. Bonus feature: It's quite heavy so I actually feel like I've done an upper-arm workout after a couple of minutes with this baby!
- Garden fork: Great for loosening and mixing soil up, like when you need to work the compost into your existing soil. Like the spade, good upper-arm workout too!
- Smaller spade: I use this the most. For happy occasions, like when I'm harvesting potatoes, and unhappy ones, like when the neighbour's cat poos on my vegetable patch and I have to remove the offending item :(
- Cultivator: I use this to remove weeds and to aerate the soil before I plant new seeds or seedlings.
- Smaller fork: This is great for dealing with anything delicate. Like removing seedlings from seed raising trays. Oh and it's also handy for harvesting potatoes!
I've even included a visual guide to help you along. Hope this helps!