A raised bed garden is frequently used by gardeners with poor soil conditions or with limited backyard space. The idea is to create a garden on top of the native soil so the gardener can have more control over the conditions and the type of soil needed for various plants. This type of garden offers less maintenance, ease of access, better pest control, higher yields, and improved soil.
Starting a garden is easy once you know the basics. And one of the most basic things to know before you start a raised bed garden is the tools you need to purchase. Understanding the following garden tools and their uses will help you enjoy your raised bed garden even more.
This is a great tool to use to turn soil, aerate and mix compost and other nutrients. This is a necessary tool to move soil and dig for planting.
This is the perfect tool to use for breaking up soil. A fork is used to aerate soil for plants to properly absorb oxygen and nutrients.
Long Handled Hoe
This is the best tool to use for quick weed work. This is also useful to break soil.
Dutch Hand Hoe
This 18-inch-long weeding tool comes in a right-hand or left-hand version and is great for weeding and digging furrows for seeds.
Trowels are the best tool to use for planting. They come in different shapes and sizes depending on your preference. Rubber handles are great for easier grip. Look for a trowel that suits your planting needs and preferences.
Hori Kori Knife
This multi-purpose tool is a lifesaver for most gardeners. It can perform perfectly different gardening activities such as planting, weeding, digging, cutting roots and transferring plants. This can also be used to cut through tough soil and measure soil depths for some plants.
This includes pruning shears and knives. Pruners are used during harvesting and for pruning, deadheading, shaping, and trimming.
A watering can is useful for watering plants that are too small for a hose. A good watering can feels balanced in your hand. Look for a can that’s not too small and not too big or you may not be able to carry it with a single hand.
Medium Length Tools
Spades and shovels, forks, hoes, and other tools come are available in a medium size. Tools of this size can be a little easier to use in a raised bed garden.
Gardening can be a tough job for the hands. To protect the hands from dirt, blisters, splinters, and others do not forget to use gardening gloves every time you tend your garden.
Gardening aprons not only protect our clothes from dirt, but they also come with pockets to put gloves and smaller gardening tools in, to carry around as you move from one garden bed to another.