Overwhelmed by the many garden tools for sale? On a limited budget and can only afford the basics? Here are the 5 must have gardening tools you need.

Gardening like so many other hobbies can evolve into a storage shed or garage full of every imaginable tool.

Tool catalogs and gardening magazines have pages and pages of tools that promise to make gardening easier.

However often these sit collecting dust and rusting away as they end up not being that useful.

Let’s look at what garden tools I think are a good starting point for someone just getting into gardening.

Here are the well-used tools I pulled out of my garden shed. A compact, well rounded set of tools for the beginner to get started with growing food and maintaining their garden. Read on for details and my recommendations from Amazon.

Best Garden Gloves

While many gardeners including myself prefer to work without gloves for some tasks, there are times when you need a decent pair of gloves.

Cutting raspberry or rose bushes without gloves is a prickly affair.

And in winter or on those cool days in spring or fall a pair of gloves makes gardening a bit more bearable as it keeps your hands warmer.

Best Short-Handled Garden Tools

Short-handled garden tools are convenient as you can use them in planters, containers and raised beds. You can pop them in your pocket or throw them into a garden trug to carry them with you.

Best Long-Handled Garden Tools

Long-handled garden tools are more convenient as they avoid stooping or kneeling in wet soil.

Best Outdoor Water Hose

If you have a small garden or just have containers you can probably skip this purchase and just use a watering can. But if you have garden beds or lots of containers, lugging around heavy watering cans is going to get tiring very quickly.

Even if you have an underground sprinkler system or drip irrigation system like I have, a hose is handy for watering outside of the system’s schedule. Or use it when power washing your walkways, deck, patio, etc.

Best Outdoor Watering Cans

You might be able to get away with just the hose but it requires having the right nozzle and fine control over the water volume. And if you have a second floor deck like I have getting the hose up there can be a hassle.

I mix in liquid fertilizer every week or two when I water my pots to keep the nutrient levels up. Good exercise too having to move from the hose bib or rainwater barrel to the garden with a full watering can.

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