I enjoy gardening but I also enjoy living simply without a lot of clutter. I have found that a few tools have been indispensable in the garden and that I don’t need a lot to plant good food at home. Here are the tools I like to have on hand:
I use my shovel for preparing beds, planting trees shoveling snow, turning my compost, spreading compost, and cleaning up after the chickens, goats and dog. I wouldn’t know what to do without it!
I have a leaf rake and in the fall I use it for leaves, but during the rest of the year I use to for spreading straw in the animal pen and for spreading mulch around the garden.
I use these for trimming trees and bushes, taking plant clippings and breaking up larger sticks to go in the compost.
Five Gallon Buckets
I find buckets to be the most versatile tool. I plant in them and have a vermiculture bin in them. They also carry soil, weeds, mulches, compost, and water and can go anywhere unlike the wheelbarrow I used to have.
And of course garden hoses are wonderful tools. I didn’t have enough this year and did a lot of watering with a bucket. Having garden hoses for watering really saves your back and makes it go much faster!
It doesn’t take many tools to get started with a successful garden and because these are almost constantly in use, I don’t feel bad about adding them into my possessions.