greenhouse equipment

Essential Greenhouse Equipment

Getting together the right tools and equipment for the job is a satisfying endeavor. Not only do you get to take pleasure in the fact that you are getting everything ready to begin your gardening adventure, but you are also mentally ticking off all the tools you might need to work with your plants. Think of it like a chef preparing his or her equipment to create your masterpiece.

In this case, your garden is your masterpiece.

I will mention many of the essential tools that you might require in gardening. However, with new technologies out there, you are never short of discovering a more convenient tool. Should you choose to pick any tool that provides you with some incredible features, do make note of the fact that it should fit your purposes. I have listed various tools below, but you do not need to get all of them (although it might be tempting). Think of what tool fits the purpose of your garden and get that one. You can always add tools in the future based on your requirements.

So let us go right ahead and start with some digging!

Digging Tools

Shovel/Spade

I always recommend having a shovel or a spade. These are versatile tools that allow you to work with your soil comfortably. If you head over to the local store, you may find a wide assortment of shovels, each with their own unique design and uses. However, generally speaking, you can use two main types of tools for digging; shovel and spades.

You might find people interchanging the names of shovel and spade to refer to the same tool. However, there is a noticeable difference between a shovel and a spade. And it all comes down to their shape.

If the tool has a round edge, then you are looking at a shovel. With the rounded tip, you can dig into soil easily. I would suggest that you get a shovel that has a dish able to hold enough dirt.

If you notice that your tool has square edges, then you are looking at a spade. You can use this tool for lifting and throwing aside materials with relative ease. You can also use a spade to pat down the soil after distributing manure. This evens out the soil layer for you.

The type of tool you might require depends on how you plan to work in your garden.

 

Trowel

Think of this tool as a mini spade. You might have seen this used in construction whenever there is a requirement for spreading cement or mortar. It has a similar purpose in gardening. Essentially, you can use the trowel for flattening soil and giving it an even layer. Additionally, you can dig up materials that you cannot otherwise with a shovel.

That does not mean that a shovel does not have enough strength to lift or break materials. It just means that sometimes, a shovel or a spade has a far reach. With that reach, you might not be able to make small adjustments to your garden wherever required.

Forks

No, not that ones you use to scoop up spaghetti. We are talking about garden forks. While it is not typically used in a garden, its use in digging tasks makes it a must-have in your greenhouse. What you cannot accomplish with a shovel and spade, you can with the garden fork. You simply have to hit this tool into the soil and using the handle’s pullback mechanism to easily loosen the soil. This becomes useful when you are trying to remove crops.

Cultivating tools

When someone mentions the word cultivating, most people imagine a large farmland with a tractor and perhaps some cows. There is a connection there, so you are not entirely wrong. However, cultivating refers to the act of fertilizing the soil and removing any unnecessary weeds.

As you can see, this is an important role and requires the right tool to make it easier for you to get the cultivation done properly.

Hoes

As with all tools, you can get your hands on a variety of hoes. The options might befuddle you, but you just have to remember one essential criteria to having the right hoe: get one that allows you to both pull and push. Apart from that, do note some of the below tips to point you in the direction of the right kind:

You are not looking for a lightweight tool. Despite what some products might boast about (they are so light, it is like feather), go for one that is sturdy and strong. This is because you are probably going to be using a lot of effort while working with these tools. You do not want to get one that might break easily.

Next, you are also looking to get one that is sharp. When you push the tool, it has to cut into the soil easily.

Weeder

For those annoying weeds that never seem to go away, you now have a weapon of choice! Often, you might come across weeds that are hard to remove. With the weeder, you can deal with such weeds one at a time.

As with all tools, you might have no shortage of choice. However, what you should be looking for is a weeder that can work with the plants you are growing. If you are unable to decide, always ask for assistance with an expert or the supplier.

Cutting Tools

It is not always about just getting the sharpest tool in the shed. What you are looking for are tools that help you get specific tasks done. Here are some of the tools that you might require for your garden.

Pruners

You might notice that most gardeners always have pruners with them whenever they step out into a garden. What makes this tool so important?

For one, you can perform numerous tasks including snipping off the stems of plants that you have already harvested, cutting flowers after growing them, trimming plants and shrubs, and more.

When selecting a pruner, you need to look for one that has a comfortable handle. At the same time, you should also make sure that it is lightweight. This is because heavy pruners tend to add pressure to your hands, eventually causing discomfort in the long run.

Additionally, look for pruners that have carbon steel blades. This is for the sake of durability. Other forms of material chip away easily and you might find yourself bringing in a whetstone to sharpen the blade.

Check out the safety mechanisms of the pruner. A poor quality one might have weak springs. With weak springs, you might find yourself struggling as the spring cannot hold the pivot together. This causes the pruner to provide resistance, which makes using the tool rather uncomfortable.

Hedge Shears

Another marvelous tool for you to have. Essentially, you are look at a giant scissor-like object. They are used for cutting items and materials that you might not be able to otherwise cut using a pruner (since they are quite small, after all).

When you are looking for a hedge shear, make sure that you are looking for one that has a cushioned grip. If you have seen a shear in action, then you know that people use both hands, one on each handle provided, to work with the tool. You need something that is comfortable enough to not add unnecessary pressure on your palms.

The blade itself has to be long and sharp. There is no point in getting short-bladed hedge shears. You might as well save the money and make use of the pruner.

Lopper

Visually, a lopper is like the older, and taller, brother of the pruner. While the blades of both the pruner and the lopper have more or less the same dimensions, the handle is where the difference can be noticed. In a lopper, the handle is longer. This allows you to get into hard-to-reach places.

When looking for a lopper, make sure you get a sturdy handle preferably made out of hardwood or steel. You should also look for rubber handles that allow you a firm and comfortable grip.

Pruning Saw

Finally, when you need to get rid of stubborn stems or weeds that need more than just clippings from pruners, shears, or loppers, then you have the pruning saw.

A lot of people actually end up borrowing a pruning saw from someone else. I do not recommend it. Firstly, the tool itself is not expensive, so you are better off getting a new one. Secondly, you need a pruning saw that is ideal for your garden, so do not look for replacements. Finally, the quality that you get from tools that are borrowed is questionable at best.