Break out the shovel! Rake out the flower beds! Start weeding! Spring has sprung (or is trying to in certain parts of the country) and your flowers want to bloom already. As the saying goes April showers bring May flowers and boy, we have waited all winter for this moment.
When my husband and I moved from the city into a house in the 'burbs, one of the things I looked forward to most (other than an always-available parking spot in my very own driveway) was having a backyard with a garden. While I have always loved flowers, I have never been much of a green thumb and I thought, “Now is my chance to let my inner gardener shine!”
So I planted away—a variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs—and low and behold the flowers bloomed and EDIBLE food actually grew! Although it was only a tomato here and a zucchini there, I have to tell you I was pretty darn proud of myself. Let’s get serious, chopping a tomato for taco night that you picked in your backyard feels like you have accomplished something. Not to mention my kids loved watering and gathering our bounty (okay, bounty may be an exaggeration…but you get the idea).
To channel your own inner gardener, all you really need is a patch of grass and some basic tools and gadgets—and hey, it doesn't hurt if they are pretty as well. If you are starting from scratch or just want to refresh your gear, check out the below 15 products that the most novice or advance gardener is sure to find useful. Happy growing!
Three Piece Garden Tool Set
Rely on these brightly patterned tools to do the dirty work. They will cover you for your basic potting, planting and pruning and ensure you look good doing it.
Floral Gardening Knee Pad
You will be thankful you have this handy pad as you tackle those pesky weeds. Some may even describe it as the bees knees! (Yes, I went there.)
Picnic At Ascot Trellis Green Gardening Tote with Tools
Fill this classic garden tote with your most useful gadgets, seeds, drinks or snacks so they are all within arm’s reach (and you don’t have to track mud inside to get a drink of water). The front pockets are easily accessible and it even comes with tools already in there!
Adjustable Raffia Sun Hat
Function meets fashion with this wide brimmed adjustable sun hat that will keep you cool (and looking cool)—allowing you more time to tend to your ever flowers’ every need.
Floral Gardening Gloves
Gardening is relaxing, but not exactly a walk in the park for your manicured nails. These flowery gloves will protect your mitts. Believe me, your hands will thank us.
Griffith Creek Designs Deluxe Watering Can
Watering is key to a successful garden and this shiny watering can with brass accents will be as your greatest asset. It comes in a variety of vibrant colors that scream, “SPRING!”
Pike’s Original Maine Garden Hod
There is nothing more rewarding than actually watching your garden grow. This hod makes collecting and washing your veggies and herbs a piece of cake. Once gardening season is over, improvise by using it as a storage bin for firewood, fruit or whatever needs containing in the “off season.”
The Pocket Gardener
Perennial versus annual? How often do you water? What grew best? As you build your knowledge, log it away in this handy journal (which also offers tips and tricks), so that next year you’ll know what worked, what didn’t and can develop a game plan for guaranteed success.
Hunter Garden Clog
All of the tender loving care is worth it when you see your garden sprout and eventually blossom, but you are dealing with a lot of water, dirt, and worms on the journey to those blooms. Read: Your white tennis shoes aren’t going to cut it. These Hunter clogs are easy to slip on and off while keeping your feet dry which means you will dig longer and prune faster!
Aged Solid Brass Hose Pot
A great addition to your garden, this pot will keep your hose tidy and out of sight while adding the perfect touch of decor. It’s sturdy made of solid brass to last season after season and has a handy hole for easy attachment to the faucet.
Mary Square Stainless Steel Water Bottle Vintage Floral
Prevent yourself from wilting away in the hot sun with this floral and festive water bottle. Because it’s not just your plants that need to stay hydrated.
Herb Garden Stake Set
Keep your herb garden organized with these elegant stakes. They are the perfect size to use for indoor pots as well.
Bug Repellent Cotton Bandana
Unfortunately bugs also enjoy spending time in the garden. Who can blame them?! These bandanas made by ExOfficio are treated with their Insect Shield bug repellent and will make creepy crawlers effectively buzz off.
Garden Girl Seed Wallet
Keep your seeds organized year after year in this adorable seed wallet.
Culinary Herb Garden Set
No yard? No problem! This indoor herb garden set comes with everything you need to get started and is small enough to fit on your window sill or counter while still giving you the chance to live off the land (or the pot!).
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