Gardening Tools for Serious Gardeners
If you're planning on taking your gardening seriously and working on it every day, then you will want to get the right tools for the job. You might be tempted to go out to the store and just buy the first tools you see, but I guarantee you'll be much happier if you put some thought into the styles and types of tools you're buying.
You can find most of the tools you will need at your local gardening or home improvement shop. Usually the employees will be glad to assist you in finding the ideal tools. If you go to a shop that specializes in gardening, you can usually get some advice in addition to service.
If you're having a hard time finding the right tool or if you want to save some money, you might try looking online for the supplies you need. You'll have to pay the shipping costs and wait an extra week or two, but if you buy more than one tool, the total savings will be worth it. When you decide to make your purchase online you will want be careful and make sure that you buy from a reputable seller. If you are in doubt search around beforehand for anything negative that people had to say about the website you are thinking about buying from.
As far as basic digging tools go, you might already have all you'll need. There are several types that you should get though, for different specific tasks. A round point shovel is good for digging holes for plants. A spade is necessary for all the more intricate work. Having these different varieties of digging tools can help you to minimize the work you have to do.
For example, if you try digging a big hole with a little spade then you'll end up rather tired. The same goes if you are attempting to do more detailed work with a big clumsy shovel.
A rake is an absolute necessity. You most likely already have one, but I'm guessing it's a lawn rake and not a garden rake. There is definitely a difference, and if you try to use a lawn rake in a garden then you will not be happy with the results. Same if you buy a grading or a contractor's rake. You'll want to look for a bowhead rake. I've found these are the best for gardening purposes. They will provide you the maximum control and accuracy, so you don't accidentally tear up your precious plants.
As far as hoes go, I don't believe any gardener should have less than 3. There are so many useful varieties on the market that I have a hard time recommending just one, and that's why I'll tell you all the ones I usually use. The one I use the most is the onion hoe, which is very lightweight and ideal for small cultivation and weeding. The Warren hoe is a larger model, with a pointed end. If you need to make a hole or dig out a pesky weed, this is the one for you. There are several other varieties, but I recommend starting with the ones I mentioned. As you become a more savvy gardener, you will find the need for more types.
Some people believe that gardening just consists of a simple spade. But there are many, many tools with many more variations that you will use in your gardening career. Usually you can start with just a few different tools, but you'll always find that you can use more varieties for special situations. It's just a matter of recognizing when one tool could be more efficient than another.