This list of our favorite tools for gardening and growing will change over time as I link more of them. I did, however, want to give you some ideas, to get you started. Please remember, none of these tools is necessary to growing a garden, but they can make your work a little easier.
The most useful tool for seed starting I have found. It helps separate seeds and I also use it to handle tiny seeds. Mainly I use it for separating seedlings and transplanting them to new containers and it’s metal so I can clean it easily as well. All-round one of my favorite seed starting tools that I will not be without. Only $11, the only place I have found it so far is Johnny’s Selected Seeds. I receive no commission from this company, I just really like this product.
My Hori Hori cuts small branches, confirms planting depth of bulbs and transplants, helps dig holes and measures distance between my smaller plants for spacing. Then weeding! It helps dig out taproots, lift never-ending root trails and cuts off spent plants at the base. Sharp as heck, it has also been used for taste testing melons or prepping squash for the chooks or pigs.
If my pocket knife is my carry everywhere, for everything, this guy is my go-to for garden work. It helps with everything from planting to harvest and comes with its own belt holster. LOVE it. This one is a cheaper version of mine. Mine was an investment a few years ago and I can no longer find the exact match. As I love it so much, I have been trying new versions, this one from Tractor Supply has a similar feel and look to it (affiliate relationship ). I have also recently ordered another from Amazon and will share that one too if it’s any good.
This is the most recent model of the Digging Fork I use. I found this at Amazon, am not currently an affiliate with Amazon but highly recommend this digging fork.
I had always used a spade until I discovered this tool at a local Farm Supply place. They no longer carry this model, and the new ones do not seem as strong, so was pleased to find it on Amazon. I have had ours for 6 years now and use them instead of spades half the time. It depends on the job, but these are great for digging over beds, removing sod, turning soil, lifting plants and prepping for planting. I also use it in my compost pile, when cleaning out the coop and harvesting potatoes, carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes. Strong tines have even helped remove rocks. The handle is a bit short for some people as husband finds it a bit annoying, he is 6’1″ but I think it’s perfect, I’m 5’5″.