Basic Garden Tools


“What are the basic garden tools needed to start a garden?” This is a question many people ask prior to starting a garden. Even people who have been gardening for years may ask a similar question, particularly when it comes time to replace a tool.

When I started gardening over 19 years ago, I had a very basic set of tools. Over the years I have tried and tested a wide selection of garden tools. This list is just my opinion of what tools are needed to start a backyard garden. I hope this list allows people who are considering starting a garden to see it doesn’t take much to get started.

I have created a list of 10 basic tools; the first 5 are what I would consider the key tools, and the last 5 can make things easier. All of these tools can be found at a good hardware store or garden center.

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Our New Garden


Image of backyard garden
The new garden 34′ x 56′

Our 2021 garden season has us starting in a new garden this year. The new garden is 34′ wide and 56′ long. Each row is 30″ wide with a 14″ walking path in between each row. There are a total of 15 rows, which I have split into an “A side” and a “B side” for planting. The wooden stakes in the picture above define the rows.

The green posts you see in the picture above are for the deer fencing to help keep the wildlife out of the garden.

More to come as we start to prepare this garden for planting over the next few days.