Great Outdoor Garden Tools, Equipment, And Accessories For Beginners

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Keeping with the theme of warmer weather and spring renewal, many people will turn an eye towards finally scratching that gardening itch. The internet is always filled with gorgeous pictures on countless blog rolls of spring flower and vegetable gardens. As we are visual creatures, this can easily conjure up the urge to dabble in a bit of your own gardening. While starting a garden from scratch does incur a little bit of cost, once you learn the basics you’ll find that a well maintained garden is really quite inexpensive and satisfying. This is especially true when compared to some other hobbies out there. With that said, a great outdoor garden needs the right tools, equipment, and accessories to get most beginners started off on the right foot.

Why Start A Garden?


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It’s no secret that gardening can be beneficial to your well being. Spending time out in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as affect your body chemistry. These invigorating effects can spill over to your home environment when you incorporate a bit of the natural world into your surroundings. Whether it’s a small kitchen herb garden, a bed or two of flowers, or a plot of vegetables, working with living plants will bring about some very healthy changes to your lifestyle.

  • Boost Your Exercise: The CDC recommends some sort of daily physical activity for all ages and stages of life. Taking up gardening as a hobby can help you easily meet those guidelines and upgrade your life to a whole new level.
  • Boost Your Mood: We all get a bit down from time to time. Gardening can help combat this. The physical exertion can help you sleep better. The exposure to sunlight (along with it’s associated Vitamin D) helps increase beneficial body chemistry. Also, the sense of accomplishing something with long lasting and enjoyable results will help to develop and a more positive frame of mind and reduce daily stress levels.
  • Boost Your Immune Response: Gardening not only leads to higher Vitamin D levels, which is very good for the immune system, but it turns out just getting your hands dirty can be of great benefit. Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium common to garden dirt, is typically absorbed by inhalation and is ingested by eating garden produce. This bacterium has been shown to help reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Boost Your Resilience: In elderly individuals, gardening has proven to be a useful tool in combating problems such as loneliness, loss of dexterity, and hand strength loss as well as a decreases the risk of dementia. Gardening for seniors has also been shown to help with both lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and helping improve the lives of those who are suffering from it.

Half The Battle…


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You’ve looked at all the benefits of starting your very own garden. Now, where do you start? Any new hobby can appear daunting at first, but those looks can be deceiving . There’s a lot of information out there on what to plant, when to plant, and where to plant. Really, it all boils down to your garden’s location and what your purpose in planting it is. There are a few things that are common to the successful beginning of nearly all gardens. Here are a few tips to consider when designing your own plot.

  • Location, Location, Location: When planning out your garden consider things like how much sun is too much or too little for what you want to plant. Some plants need six to eight hours of sun a day while others would rather lounge around in the shade. Keep you site close to your water source. Dragging a hose over takes a lot less effort than lunging heavy buckets of water. Also, consider placing your garden where you will see it. The more often you keep the garden in your line of sight the less you’ll be tempted to skip out on much needed maintenance. For a rough idea of what can grow well in your neck of the woods check out this zone finder from The National Gardening Association.
  • Get The Right Soil: Chances are, the soil in your yard is not necessarily ideal for a garden. Test your soil to find out what you need to add to your plant beds in order to make them thrive. If you’ve opted for container gardening then make sure you buy the correct soil for what you plan on planting.
  • Plants Need Food Too: While a lot of nutrients may already be found in your soil, once you get your plants growing they can be depleted quickly. Research what your plants need and periodically supplement your soil with some plant food. Many can be mixed with water for easy application while others can be mixed in with fresh soil.
  • Planning Ahead Will Save Time, And Your Plants: Make a plan for your garden. Once you know what you want to plant and what you need to make them thrive, keep a gardening journal. This will help you remember what you planted, where, and when. In it you can keep your watering and feeding schedules organized as well as easily see what and when maintenance needs to be done. The point is to reduce stress and keeping organized will help ensure that.
  • The Right Stuff: Before you even turn over your first spade of dirt, make sure you’ve assembled the right tools for your garden. Nothing can be more irritating that getting down and dirty just to find you need something you didn’t think to get yet. You keep your kitchen pantry stocked, so the same should be true of your garden shed.

The Right Tools


Having the right tool at the right time can make all the difference in how successful your new garden will be. Struggling with the wrong tool for the wrong job has led many to abandon their dreams. Don’t let that happen to you! Keep your garden shed stocked with a few basic items to start, then gradually add more as you specialize.

The Right Accessories


Once you have the right tools it’s time to supplement them with the right accessories.  You can turn the soil, but how can you tell if it’s healthy? You’ve got a convenient location for water, but what’s the best way to deliver it? There are millions of different accessories out there to compliment your gardening endeavors and make it more of a joy and less of a chore.

The Right Planters And Beds


A garden is more than juts sticking plants in some dirt. A stunning garden is organized and choosing the right style of planting bed can make all the difference. Have limited space or trouble bending over? Go for a vertical or standing bed. A tiered bed can help make the most of limited yard space. Getting the right style of planting bed for what you want to grow is as important as assembling the right set of basic tools.

Your Thumb Is Greener Than You Think


Starting a garden doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a bit of planning it can end up being a very enjoyable hobby that brings with it a whole host of benefits. It just takes a bit of advance research and planning before you even purchase your first item. Once you know what, where, and how to plant then you’ll be ready to move onto selecting the right tools, equipment, and accessories to make your outdoor garden a success. It can be our secret that your really just a beginner. Now get out there at get planting!


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