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More help for the newbie gardener

Post  milo on Mon 16 May 2011, 10:11 pm

Can all you fabulous greenthumbs please help me again.

What does a new gardener need to buy to get started? I mean, what type of tools and things like that?

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Re: More help for the newbie gardener

Post  Cluelesskitty on Tue 17 May 2011, 2:01 am

yay, my favorite topic!

Definitely an assortment of garden shears.

I find it handy to have at least two pairs of pruning shears, as they tend to disappear all the time.
I prefer bypass type rather than the anvil one.
I have Fiskars brand, and like them.


Then the medium and large loppers for bush and tree branches


and small pruners for soft stems


don't, however, buy those with the small flimsy spring inside as the spring pops out pretty soon.

Then of course a small spade, even two as they tend to get misplaced as well,
a small hand rake like this

which is ideal to clean small debris between the plants.

Always, always buy a long wand for watering your plants as it elongates your water hose and reaches hanged planters.
The best one is the telescoping one with movable nozzle.
I do not recommend buying those with the nozzle permanently curved down as it is pain in the ... watering
the ground with this.
Do buy the one with a variety of patterns on the nozzle.


If you are handy, I recommend building a handy long narrow basket to carry all your stuff around with you.
If not, try to get someone make it for you. As the last resort - try find something like that, or use a bucket.
I would like this one tad longer to accommodate the length of longest tool.



A wheel barrow, recycle bags - here in Vanc and surround, they will accept only the paper ones
oh btw always keep a quantity of weed/compost paper bags as they go fast,
and at the start of any work it's handy
to put one or two at the bottom of the barrow, so sometimes you can wheel it straight to the curb, already packed.

- at any hardware store, if you do not intend composting.

Grass shears

I am undecided whether a bend one or straight are better, so.. use your own judgment.

Knife comes handy, string... hmm..
If I will remember anything else, I'll add tomorrow



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Re: More help for the newbie gardener

Post  Porsche Fan on Tue 17 May 2011, 6:19 pm

pruners, a good trowel and shovel, and a lot of tylenol. Smile

some scratchers can help with weeding.

how large of an area are we talking? maybe there is a need for tractor (yes, i like tractors).

good luck!
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Post  milo on Tue 17 May 2011, 7:18 pm

I suppose I could get a tractor...but I think it might be overkill for my 60x30 foot garden
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Post  Porsche Fan on Tue 17 May 2011, 8:21 pm

Wow, 60x30....and I take it is not cm., is a good sized garden.

I fully agree with a tractor. Maybe a small Mantis tiller. Or heck, maybe a big tiller.

Any idea of what you are planning to grow? Corn, green beans, tomatos, zuchs, etc..........
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Post  milo on Tue 17 May 2011, 8:42 pm

Grass, a few trees and some flowers...lol
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Re: More help for the newbie gardener

Post  Cluelesskitty on Tue 17 May 2011, 8:56 pm

What do you think of Laburnum -Golden Chain tree?
I am not sure what taste tree-wise do you have.
But I love love love Laburnum golden flowers in the spring and early summer!



another invaluable gadget for gardening:
knee pads!



I have two pairs of Styrofoam ones, but perhaps it is worth looking into some of a better quality, eh.

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Re: More help for the newbie gardener

Post  milo on Wed 18 May 2011, 7:59 pm

I have those knee things from installing the hardwood!
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