Pretty much every adult has at least one moment of �I would really like to have my own garden!� One man might think to himself �I�d like to grow my own vegetables!� Maybe someone else will be dreaming of lavish rose gardens. No matter what kind of garden you want to grow or how extensive you want that garden to be, you are going to need specific gardening tools to help you put your garden together. A lot of gardening can be done using just your own personal strength and your hands. With the right gardening tools you can save yourself quite a bit of time as well as prevent basic wear and tear on your body. Here are a few gardening tools that will help you complete your project.
A garden rake is a necessity. A garden rake is different than the kind of rake you are probably thinking of (which is used to gather leaves and larger debris). Garden rakes are shorter and they are sturdier and have teeth made from steel. Adjustable width garden rakes are far superior to fixed width rakes because you can make them fit into just about any project that you take on. This saves you money because you will only have to buy one rake instead of several different rakes of varying widths. You will use your garden rake to even out and level off the dirt in your garden patches.
Pitchforks are wonderfully useful gardening tools, even for gardeners who have no plans for large gardens. Your pitchfork is kind of like having a giant trowel or spade on hand to help you with your work. They are great for turning earth, moving compost around, aerating soil. Compost needs to be turned as it breaks down and decomposes�you will need to have a pitchfork to help you with the turning. If you don�t turn your compost pile regularly it will just harden up and you won�t get any use out of it.
For gardeners who grow difficult plants a soil tester is a necessity. Some plants will not grow if the nutrient contents and PH balance of their soil is not just right. You can use your soil tester to confirm that your soil is good enough for the flowers, fruits and vegetables that you want to plant. This is obviously a tool that only incredibly serious gardeners need to have on hand. A good example of someone who needs a soil tester is someone who grows orchids (flowers that are known for requiring very specific growing conditions to thrive). Farmers who plant a variety of plants also find soil testers useful because they can help them better practice crop rotation.
Gardening is thought to be a very relaxing activity. There is something inherently calming about the act of �playing in the dirt� that many people enjoy after a long or stressful day. Lots of people new to gardening will only use their hands . After a while, however, gardening tools become easier to use. Before you know it your gardening tools will start to feel as familiar to you as your own limbs. The more time you put into your garden the easier it will be to use gardening tools. Before you know what has happened to you, gardening will begin to feel fun!