So one of the things people say about gardening is how much all the kit is, so thought I would put together a basic kit list to get you going. And do remember a lot of the kit you can get from car boot sales, garage sales, freecycle. A second hand good quality tool is often better than a brand new cheap tool. I got caught out with a spade once, I bought cheap and it bent under any sort of pressure which meant I had to keep turning it round to use successfully. I am now a massive Joseph Bentley fan, absolutely swear by the tools and although they are a bit more expensive I have been given mine as christmas and birthday presents. I love a good bit of gardening kit as a pressie!
So here is the list I think are the basics to get you going:
A strong spade with a good step on top for digging (I use a Joseph Bentley, it is solid and has pretty much been used for digging over the plot, digging up a pond, moving gravel, you name it I have used it and its still going strong)
A round-pronged fork for digging and breaking soil (ladies you can get a ladies fork which is slightly shorter)
A flat-pronged fork for lifting root crops like you spuds (again ladies you can get a ladies one)
A hoe (very useful for weeding, saves your back)
A trowel and hand fork (I got mine as a set for £7 on offer, Joseph Bentley)
A rake (I use my hoe to weed then rake up, saves my back, also useful for sowing new seeds)
A hand cultivator (I have a claw, second hand from a boot sale. We do use a tiller but a hand cultivator is good for breaking soil down for transplanting from the greenhouse)
A dibber (great for your leeks)
Secateurs (I have bought cheap but it really isn’t cost effective, you just end up replacing each season)
A wheelbarrow (check out skips etc, a lot of people will get rid of it once the tyre is flat, you can often repair it)
A watering can (I use a 5 litre one to save trips at the allotment but get a size you can handle)
Always clean your tools, keep them oiled and they will last a lifetime. Linseed oil is great for wooden handles.