Rita C. - Panoply
Rita C. - Panoply
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My Landscape Garden Essentials

I'm strictly a landscape gardener, and if you're thinking about starting a flower bed or two, there are a few essentials you may want to consider. I'm sharing my list of everyday garden essentials, and many of these essentials crossover to vegetable gardeners as well. See the complete list, with link sources provided, at my blog link.
My landscape garden essentials!
My landscape garden essentials!
If you plan on going for a full-scale, landscape garden on your property this year, these will be items that may come in handy after the heavy duty digging and planting is complete.
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My number one garden essential, hands down, is a good pair of gloves. Although there are plenty of options and price points out there to choose from (the photo above was taken in a small town hardware store), I prefer a good grip kind, such as these, for most of my work in the garden. The rubber palm and breathable, nylon topside are a winning combination, providing good water, chemical and dirt coverage for fingertips, yet flexible enough for handling seedlings. Use leather gloves when working in thorns for an impenetrable choice.
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A pair of snips takes care of handling most dead-heading through the garden, and these are inexpensively found (less than $15 for a decent pair) at your garden or hardware store. This pair has a safety catch for keeping the blades together when not in use. Frugal option: go to the Dollar Tree and purchase (when in stock, early in season) or a pair of scissors and/or knife! Cadillac option: Felco No. 2 pruners will allow pruning up to 1" thick branches.
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Next on my list of garden essentials are good, basic hand tools. By all means, go straight to your nearest estate sale, and make a beeline for the garage. You're likely to find a whole host of hand tools at $1 or less for each! A spade, trowel, weeder, hand cultivator - all of these are good to have for various tasks. And don't worry about the rust - rid the rust with Evapo Rust - available at Advance Auto, Lowe's, or Amazon. Spraying WD-40 and scrubbing with a Scotch-Brite sponge can also work to rid rust on hand tools. Prevention is the best medicine - clean, dry and store your hand tools after each use.
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What's all that work in the garden for if you can't share it and enjoy the show? Focusing on a playground for the birds, I've come to find a low-to-the-ground, sturdy concrete bird bath as a garden essential - a $30 purchase at my local Feed and Seed store. I have several birdbaths throughout my garden, but have found my bird visitors love that first one I ever bought the most. It's nestled among plants that grow tall, and beside a tree and trellis. There's always a watering can of fresh water to top it off. Be sure to clean your birdbath, essential to attracting and keeping the birds coming.
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Lastly, to finish off my list of favorite garden essentials, it's my Poison Ivy Soap. In the long list of protective garden arsenal, I think my poison ivy soap deserves a mention here. That's not to say that sunscreen and hand lotion aren't high on the list, but if you've ever had poison ivy, you can empathize. I use this soap, faithfully, immediately after being in the garden, from my hands to elbows and feet to knees.

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  • Carole
    on Apr 16, 2015

    We gardeners can tend to ignore our hands. I use a nail brush as a matter of course now. We don't have poison ivy thankfully but I lost count of the times I garden in bare hands and we do have funnel web spiders that nest in the ground and can be disturbed when pulling weeds and planting. One bite can be fatal if you don't get the anti venom. Then there are rashes from some of the Grevillia shrub family, bracken also brings me out in a rash. I think I need an all over body condom to do my gardening in! LOL! I always have anti-histamine for insect stings/bites, bite cream for mozzies and such on hand as these are some of the natural hazards we face in our gardens. Also insect repellent but I don't always remember to apply when gardening. We also get small leeches in the more densely grassed areas and those little suckers hurt so keeping some salt sachets in pockets is a good idea. They seem to manage to get in at the bottoms of trouser legs and crawl their way up your legs. Eeeek!

    • Carole
      on Apr 16, 2015

      @Rita C. - Panoply It shows how much we love to garden when we carry on despite rashes, bites and so on! I love my garden. I used to have a phobia about earth worms but I just came in from turning my compost bays and found it easier to scoop up the compost to move to the next bay by raking and then grabbing scooped handloads (you can pick up a lot this way if the compost is nice and moist) and of course riddled through it are lots of pink healthy worms! No more phobia! I hasten to add that I wear rubberised garden gloves when I do this with a cloth backing - not bare hands! Eeeeeew!

  • Valerie
    on Aug 28, 2015

    Great list! Thanks for sharing.

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