No matter what type or how many containers you plan to plant this year, there are many tools that can make your tasks easier. From organizing your supplies, to planting, feeding, and watering your planted and growing containers, there is at least one tool for every job.
We’re excited for spring and so we’re sharing a 4 Part Container Gardening Series here at 5 Minutes for Mom.
First we blogged about Planning your Containers and Space, yesterday we discussed the process of Deciding what to Plant, and today you’ll learn what Tools and Supplies You Need For Container Gardening. Then tomorrow’s post will be about Keeping Your Container Gardening Pots Looking Their Best. And later in the summer we will share Container Gardening Fall Cleanup and Pot Storage.
Container Gardening Tools and Supplies
Potting Bench – A potting bench is great for many reasons. First, it moves your planting activity from your kitchen table or the ground to an outside place that is a comfortable working height and easy to clean up. Second, it allows you a place to organize and store your small tools, fertilizers, plant markers, and containers in one neat space.
Water carrier – You’ll need some way to get water to your plants. If you have a spigot nearby, you can use a garden hose with a wand or spray end. If there isn’t a water source close by, you’ll have to get a watering can. A hose is also handy for cleaning pots out at the end of the season, as well as washing away muddy footprints.
For hoses, especially in a small space, the expandable Aquastretch Expandable hose is a great choice. It is compact when not in use, and can stretch to cover most patios and small yards.
You’ll need a nozzle or watering wand to use with your garden hose. There are small, pistol-type nozzles that adjust from a very fine mist to a forceful spray; these are great for washing down surfaces or watering just planted seeds. A nice addition is the adjustable watering wand, that usually has a 3-4 foot reach, and can water those hanging pots as easily as the low containers. Either choice is fine.
A watering can is always useful, but is necessary if you don’t have a water source close to your garden. Choose something that is big enough that you don’t have to make a gazillion trips to water your plants, but isn’t so big that it’s too heavy to carry. If you can find one with an adjustable spout for different flow speeds, that’s an extra bonus.
Trash Cans – Although you most likely have a can for waste, small trash cans are great for storage of your potting mix and other bulk supplies you may purchase. From a six gallon metal can with a lid (that would also make a great growing container!) to a 20 gallon one for slightly more storage, they keep your supplies neat and organized.
Hand Tools – Every gardener needs a really good set of hand tools. If you are a beginner and aren’t sure if gardening is for you, purchase some basics for the first year. A hand trowel, cultivator, and weeder would be the minimum tools needed, but you can also spring for a soil cutting knife (cuts through roots to help break up a root ball), bulb planter, and hand spade. Always keep an old spoon and table knife in your toolbox, too.
Gloves – Gloves aren’t a necessity, but do come in handy. If you are planting a lot of pots, or if it’s cold and wet outside, gloves can be a nice addition to your gardening supply closet. They also can help save that expensive manicure from chipping. Leather gloves are nice because they repel moisture, but less expensive canvas gloves will do the job.
Make sure that you purchase gloves that you can actually work in.
There are many other tools on the market, from pot makers to seed planters. Although they may be useful for certain chores in gardening, the above list is a good start for tools to make your Container Garden successful.
Be sure to check back tomorrow as we continue our series with Keeping Your Container Gardening Pots Looking Their Best.
Read our complete Container Gardening Series…
Part 1 – Planning your Containers and Space
Part 2 – Deciding what to Plant
Part 3 – Tools and Supplies You Need For Container Gardening
Part 4 – Keeping Your Container Gardening Pots Looking Their Best
Coming this summer… Bonus – Container Gardening Fall Cleanup and Pot Storage
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