Top 10 Must-Have Gardening Tools

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This top 10 list of must-have gardening tools is for both beginner or intermediate gardener.

1. Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is essential for digging small holes for seeds or seedlings. It is also very useful for any gardening activity involving planting or preparing your soil. It is very useful for scooping out soil and turning over hardened soil.

hand trowel

 

2. Gloves

Gloves can protect your hands from callouses and blisters. It is very likely that you’ll get blisters and callouses when you garden for long hours. It will also prevent your nails from staining. It is better to wear gloves, even advisable when you handle fertilizers, both organic or chemical fertilizers.

gardening gloves

 

3. Kneeling Pad

A kneeling pad is not really essential. But it can be, especially if you are gardening for long hours. Kneeling in a bad position can cause pain and may damage your knees. It is advisable to use a kneeling pad if you already have existing knee pains and can’t avoid kneeling while doing garden work. A kneeling pad can make your gardening work more enjoyable and comfortable.

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4. Spade

A spade is a multi-purpose tool. It can be used as a digger or you can use it to chop some tough roots or stems. Those are just some of the things you can use a spade with.

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5. Hoe

Hoes are available in different sizes. This is an essential tool for gardening. It is used for plowing, preparing your garden plot and more. They are relatively inexpensive and are durable. A hoe is also perfect for destroying weeds.

garden hoe

 

6. Rake

A rake is a very useful gardening tool. When preparing your patch of soil for gardening you can use the rake to get rid of rocks, dirt, dried leaves etc. You can also it for preparing your soil and planting. And during autumn you can also use for raking the dried leaves. 😀

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7. Shovel

A shovel is an efficient scooping tool. The blade/scooper is much bigger than a hand trowel. It’ll make your digging faster if you are planting a tree or big plant. It is also very useful for prepping your garden plot, fertilizing or digging a compost pit.

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8. Soil Knife

A soil knife is a Japanese tool. It is a very useful tool for dividing bushes or perennials, cutting through tough roots, transplanting, cutting tough weeds and a lot more. It is a versatile tool.

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Credit A.M. Leonard Co

 

9. Weeders

Weeds, everyone has them…in their gardens or backyards. This is an efficient tool to get rid of weeds. It is simple and uncomplicated. There are different types. Get the one the fits your needs.

10. Watering Hose or Watering Can

If you are a beginner and not yet ready to invest on a watering hose, a watering can will be very useful to you. Of course, plants need water. But if you have a bigger garden and a budget, investing on a good quality hose will be a good decision. It is efficient. Because you’ll be able to water a lot of plants in one go and don’t have to refill it.

garden hose

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How-To-Grow Tomatoes from Seeds

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Tomatoes are the most common garden plant that people grow. The reason being that, it is easy to plant and not a high maintenance plant. Plus, who doesn’t love tomatoes, right? 😀

Tomatoes are versatile, they are good as snack, for soups, stews, sauces and more! 🙂

Here’s a simple step by step “how-to” on how to grow tomatoes from seeds:

Step 1: Purchase/obtain a pack of tomato seeds

It is totally up to you on which tomato variety you want to plant.

Step 2: Decide where you will plant it

There are a few choices on where to plant your tomato seeds. It can be in a pot, a planter box or directly in the ground. So, it is up to you where you will plant them.

Step 3: The dirt

Be sure that you use good planting or potting soil. It is best the it is fertilised to assure you that the seed will prosper. It’s also nice if you can incorporate some finely grounded eggshells in your planting soil. Eggshells are rich in calcium and it’ll really help your seeds to grow.

Step 4: Planting the seed

If you’re planting in a pot, make a 2 inch-deep hole and put a seed or two in it. Lightly cover the hole.

If planting in a planter box make sure to give enough space in between seeds. You have to anticipate the seeds when they grow into a plant so they have enough space to sprout and grow. Approximately 1-2 feet apart is sufficient enough space in between seeds. The same goes with planting directly on the ground.

Step 5: Watering the seeds

Do not overwater. Weather is also a factor to consider when watering your plants. If it’s summer, water generously, if not just make sure that at least 2 inches of the soil is wet. The key is to not overwater. You don’t want the seeds to rot and not sprout.

During summer, water everyday. Other seasons, just check. If the soil is too wet, then water it the next day, if it’s windy, soil gets dry easily so water it everyday. Bottomline is, you be the judge.

Step 6: Continue caring for your seeds

In 5-6 days you will see you seeds sprouting. Again, do not overwater them. Since they’re in a delicate stage. You don’t want them to drown. Regularly fertilize, mulch and add more eggshells, cage or fence along the way, until they reach their ideal growth.

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baby tomatoes

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What you have to think of next are tomato recipes 🙂

Happy Gardening! 🙂

Slug and Snail Control

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Here at AttractiveGarden.com we strive to provide people humane and environment-friendly ways to control garden pests.

Slugs and snails are one of the most common pests that troubles people’s gardens. They ruin plants and crops. And they’re not really beneficial to one’s garden.

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A bunch of slimy slugs
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A common snail you can find in your garden

Here are some simple, humane and environment-friendly ways on how to repel them:

Seaweed

If you mix chopped up seaweed in your garden mulch, it’ll automatically repel slugs and snails from your plants. There’s something about seaweed that slugs and snails don’t like. It is also a plus that seaweed is good mulch material. Seaweed is not easily accessible to everyone but if you know someone who works near the beach you can get these for free. Because you’ll be able to find seaweed on the shore. Also, if you happen to live near a beach this is a good alternative than settling for chemical and poisonous pest control concontions.

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Some Seaweed

Copper

Thin copper sheets cut into small pieces, are also good slug and snail repellant. Copper sheets can be purchased in most hardware shops and it is not really expensive.

Place the cut up copper sheets around your plants and once a snail or slug crawls over it, the sheets will send some electric shocks. The electric shocks won’t kill the slugs and snails, but it is enough to not make them want to go back there.

You can also use some small copper clips instead. You can buy these clips in an office/school supply store.

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Copper Clips

Eggshells

Eggshells are double purpose. They provide fertilisation on the earth you’re planting your plants in and also repels snails and slugs. The snails’ and slugs’ underbodies are very delicate. So the sharp edges of the eggshells really gives them some pain. That pain is enough for them to not go back or go near that area again. It is also a very big plus that eggshells are really easy to obtain. Very environmental friendly too.

eggshells

Wood Chips and Gravel

These have the same effect like the eggshells. But unlike eggshells, wood chips and gravel can make your garden look nice and presentable.

Wood chips are easily accessible. You can find sacks of wood chips in gardening supply stores. Available in different quantities and colors.

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Like wood chips, you can also easily buy gravel in different quantities in gardening supply stores or hardware stores or sections. Also available in different colors and sizes.

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Chickens and Ducks

If you want to go with an ecosystem approach. Chickens and ducks are slugs’ and snails’ natural predators. If you are fine with this method, you should go ahead and go with this route. This is actually quite beneficial. Chickens and ducks lay eggs, you can also breed them and they can also act as your pesticides. This is not really a humane method, but it is more of ecosystem-friendly and environmental friendly at the same time.

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ducks

There are a lot of other options than going the poisonous or chemical-based pesticides. These methods can be easily done, so choose one that fits you the best.

5 Garden Hacks

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5 Simple Garden Hacks:

1. Eggshells

Eggshells are a perfect fertilizer for plants. Instead of throwing them away, you can crush them and sprinkle it around the plant you want to fertilize or mix it with your planting soil. This one is a very easy and inexpensive garden hack that everyone can try.

eggshells

2. Wine Bottles

Empty wine bottles can be used as garden edging, border or short fence. All you need are empty wine bottles. Again, instead of throwing empty wine bottles, all you have to do is get rid of the wine label (or not if you prefer it that way), then bury the bottle (upside down) halfway in the ground (or depends on how low or high you want your edging or border to be).

wine bottles

3. Baking Soda

The ever useful baking soda. This one is a simple garden hack. If you want sweeter tomatoes, all you have to do is to sprinkle some baking soda around your tomato plant. Once you harvest your tomatoes, you’ll notice that they are sweeter. It doesn’t hurt to try this, since baking soda is inexpensive.

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4. Coffee Filters

Another simple hack. If your pots have really big holes or if you keep on losing soil in your pots, this hack is perfect for you. Before filling your pot with soil, lay a coffee filter inside the pot. Once the coffee filter is in the pot, you can start filling it up with potting soil.

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5. Plastic Forks

You can stick some plastic forks around or beside your plants if you don’t want your pets or some creatures to destroy them. The plastic forks will provide a simple nudge to your pets or animals to prevent them from creating further damage on your plants, flower bed or vegetable garden.

plastic forks

Easy Sitting Bank DIY


This DIY is so easy to do. That’s why you’ll be able to follow the instructions even if they’re not in english.

A sitting bank is a nice and useful addition to any garden or backyard. You can sit on it, do projects on it, it can act as a table and many more.

For this DIY you’ll need:

– some bricks or concrete cinder block (depending on how high or low you want your sitting bank to be)
– a heavy wooden plank

  • If you want your sitting bank to be really stable and permanent, you can use some cement to put all the bricks together.
  • Make sure that you’ll use solid bricks that will be able to support some weight.
  • It’s all about the balance, so balance it out. If your wooden plank is too long be sure to put some bricks in the middle for support.

 

Decorate the sitting bank and the surrounding area accordingly. 🙂

Pretty Looking Gardens

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Here are some pretty and simple garden pictures:

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Vibrant Colored Flower Garden

This is a big garden, filled with vibrant colored flowers. This is such a music to the eyes. Flower gardens like this one need a lot of maintenance and work. But the results will be all worth it.

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Simple Garden Swing

This simple garden got leveled up with a simple swing. The simple swing gave the garden a quaint and whimsical touch. This is such a cool and relaxing place to hang out. This kind of style is cool and effortless.

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Quaint Garden Area

This garden is really simple. The wooden garden door added a nice touch to the overall vibe of the garden. This garden doesn’t look like it’s a high maintenance. There are some wild flowers that are low maintenance. The small garden shed also made the garden look really nice.

Top 10 Easy-To-Plant Vegetable Bearing Plants

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Having a garden is both therapeutic and advantageous. If you’re willing to make some effort, you will for sure be rewarded.

Here are the Top 10 Easy-To-Plant Vegetable Bearing Plants: (In random order)
(For details on how to plant these be sure to check our “How-To-Grow…” page)

1. Eggplant

Eggplants are starting to become popular now. They are versatile and if cooked the right way, they taste really good. They’re also easy to plant and maintain and it’s a plus that there are a couple of eggplant varieties.

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Eggplant Plant
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Eggplant Varieties
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Grilled Eggplant Tastes Really Good

2. Radish

Radishes are also easy to plant and maintain. They also have different varieties and you can even eat the young & tender leaves or the tops that comes with them. They’re perfect for snacking and salads. They’re a must have in any vegetable garden.

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Radishes Ready To Be Harvested
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Harvested Radishes in a Bowl


3. Okra (Lady Fingers)

Okras are also easy to plant. They’re also starting to get popular. Some people don’t like the slippery texture okra has, but with the right cooking method this can be minimized. They’re perfect with curries and stews.

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Okra
Okra
Okra Plant


4. Spinach

Spinach is nutrient-packed vegetable. It is actually not a vegetable-bearing plant. It is a vegetable plant. Spinach is perfect for everything; smoothies, salads, stews, soups and all sorts of stuff. There are also different variety of spinach. And it’s a real plus that spinach is easy to plant.

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Spinach
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Long-Stemmed Spinach

5. Bell Pepper

Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C. They’re so colorful and nice to look at and of course, easy to plant. You can choose from red, green, orange, yellow and even purple. You can eat them raw or cooked. Either way they’re good.

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Bell Peppers in Assorted Colors
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Bell Pepper Plant

6. Potato

Potatoes are versatile. They don’t look really attractive as a plant but there’s a lot of things you can do with the vegetable. They are also easy to grow and maintain.

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Potato Plant
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Washed & Cleaned Potatoes
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A Bunch of Potatoes

7. Kale

Like spinach Kale is not really a vegetable bearing plant, the leaves are the vegetable itself. Kale is actually the “it” vegetable for some time now. From smoothies, salads, stews, stir-fry and even chips. There are also a couple varieties of Kale. Like spinach, Kale is also vitamin-packed.

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Curly Kale
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Pretty Purple Kale

8. Chili Pepper

If you like spicy food, it is worth to plant your own. They are easy to plant and there are a lot of varieties to choose from. Like Jalepeno, Serrano, Habanero and even really mild ones. They are also nice to look at. Chili peppers come in all sorts of colors. Once harvested, you can hand them dry to use for later.

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Red & Burgundy Chili Peppers
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Small Chili Peppers that are really hot & spicy
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Red Chili Peppers


9. Onion

Onions are easy to plant and maintain. They’re great addition to almost everything. Sandwiches, omelettes, stews, salads and a whole lot more goes well with onions. You’ll not just be able to harvest onions but you can also the spring onions that sprouts out from the ground and also the flower which is also edible.

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A bunch of onions
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The Onion


10. Rhubarb

Believe it or not, rhubarb is a vegetable and not a fruit. Rhubarb is often used or even mostly used for desserts or sweets. But you can also use as a souring agent for non-dessert food. The rhubarb as a plant has bright pink stalks that are so vibrant and nice to look at. They are also easy to grow and are low maintenance. Rhubarb is perfect for jams, preserves, pies and a whole lot more. Like the spinach and kale, the rhubarb is also a vegetable plant.

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Young Rhubarb
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Rhubarb Stalks

Balcony or Terrace Gardening

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Some people are being hindered by cramped spaces that’s why they never tried gardening. But cramped or small spaces are not really a problem if you want to start gardening.

If you have a balcony or a terrace, that’ll be a perfect spot for your mini garden. For people who don’t have a balcony or a terrace, it is still possible to have a garden, but this for another post.

Gardening in small, limited or cramp spaces is also called “apartment gardening”. It is actually quite innovative to start your own garden in your flat or apartment. It’s perfect to have a balcony or a terrace, because you’ll have a source of sunlight because it is outdoors.

To get started there are some things that you have to decide upon. First is what do you want your garden to be? Do you want it to be ornamental or something that you can make use of?

Ornamental, is purely planting plants in your garden for the visual pleasure that it can give you. Like planting colorful plants (cacti, succulents etc.) and flowers. This is not purely unuseful. Since you can give aways flowers or plants as gifts.

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A small balcony garden
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A lush balcony garden with a decent amount of space

But if you want to maximize the use of your balcony or terrace, then planting simple vegetable bearing or fruit bearing plants and herbs is a must. Because you will be able to use the vegetables, fruits and or herbs for yourself and also for gifting to other people. Planting food bearing plants can also give one person the feeling of accomplishment.

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A small and simple planter box that will fit limited spaces

How to get started with your own balcony or terrace garden will be another post. But for now you have something to ponder upon if you are interested in starting your own garden in your apartment or flat.

Garden Gnomes

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Garden gnomes or lawn gnomes can be either cute or creepy, but it’s undeniable that they are one of the most popular garden decorations. As a matter of fact a lot of people collect garden gnomes, some even spend a lot of money buying rare ones.

Garden gnomes originated in Germany. They are called Gartenzwerge (garden dwarfs) Some are made with porcelain some with ceramic and wood. Gnomes today are mainly made out of terracotta. Typically, garden gnomes are male, bearded dress in colorful clothing. Like a red pointy hat or bonnet, blue pants, green or yellow shirt, a belt and boots. They have long white beards. Garden gnomes, are now being made all over the world, like in China, USA, Switzerland and Poland.

Garden gnomes are usually posed or made doing manly hobbies like smoking a pipe, fishing, chopping wood, etc. The most common garden gnome type is the classic one, just straight up standing. Nowadays, there are all sorts of garden gnome varieties, like humorous one, cute ones and realistic ones (that oftentimes look a bit creepy).

Creepy or not it is undeniable that they make great addition to a garden. Garden gnomes can give any garden a nice, nostalgic and welcoming vibe.

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Garden Gnomes on a store shelf

Since people have mixed feelings/impressions about garden gnomes they always end up as a subject of ridicule and pranks. It is common for garden gnomes that are placed on the front lawn to get stolen. There’s even a term for that! It’s called “gnoming”. There’s even a travelling gnome prank.

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More gnomes

If you are a real garden enthusiast a garden gnome is a perfect addition to your garden. Just don’t get carried away! 😀 Or else you’ll end up with a garden full of gnomes! 😀