Today I rounded up my top nine gardening must haves that I use faithfully every year.
- Garden Rocker Stool // This is my number one favorite item when working in the garden/yard. I was given this stool as a gift many years ago. In my twenties I wondered why I would need a stool for the garden. As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate that garden stool more than anything. No bending over or kneeling repeatedly. The stool is the perfect level to comfortably plant for hours. I also used it recently when scrubbing window screens, staining my new garden fence and picking weeds under the pine trees. If there is one thing I would recommend for working around the yard, it would be a garden stool.
- Garden Auger Bits // Trying to dig in stubborn hard ground can be nearly impossible with a garden trowel. Digging in any dirt is a breeze with a garden auger that attaches to a drill. The auger allows you to dig hole after hole in seconds.
- 100′ Expandable Hose // There is nothing worse than dragging around the old PVC hoses that are heavy, kink constantly and get your hands filthy when putting them away. I love my expandable hoses. They are super lightweight. When the water is turned on, they expand up to three times their length. When the water is turned off, they gather back up to the regular length. And there is no kinking. I have a 100′ hose in the front yard and one in the back and between the two I can reach anything I needed.
- Rubber Coated Garden Gloves // I like these so much, I buy them in bulk so I never run out. The rubber coating keeps hands dry when working in damp soil and manicure in tact.
- Garden Tool Set // This is an absolute must have for any kind of garden work.
- Soaker Hose // Unfortunately, we don’t have an irrigation system. So nightly watering it is. While I do find watering relaxing, there are times during the long, hot summer it’s more of a chore. I recently got smart and installed a soaker hose in my front flower bed. That way I can turn it on, walk away for 30-minutes to an hour, come back and everything is watered.
- Copper Plant Markers // I have shared these several times. Whether you write plant names with a Sharpie or you stamp them as I did HERE, they are a cute addition to the garden.
- Sun Hat // Freckles were cute when I was little. Age spots are not now that I’m old. A sun hat is a must to protect the skin from the sun.
- Fish Fertilizer & Plant Supplement // You can almost watch the plants grow in real time after using fish fertilizer. It’s a miracle worker. You do have to be careful to not use too much which can burn plants. I fertilize every two to four weeks after a thorough watering in the early morning or late evening when the temps are the coolest during the summer.
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