Gardening is a rewarding hobby, with tangible benefits and results in the form of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and berries, and healthy vegetables. This hobby can be adapted to suit your circumstances and surroundings. Finding the right gardening supplies for your project will help ensure a successful harvest.What are some tools every gardener needs?
There are a wealth of tools available for beginning and experienced gardeners. Whether you have a small container garden or a large garden plot with many rows of vegetables, there are a few important tools you should have at your disposal, such as:
- Gloves for protecting your hands from any damage as well as from any compounds that could cause irritation.
- Hand trowel for gently working around plants and seedlings to remove weeds and separate or move plants.
- Spade for digging larger holes for plants and for distributing soil and compost to your garden.
- Hoe for turning the soil in your garden as well for cutting out and removing invasive weeds, such as dandelions and choke weed.
- Hose with attachment, such as a hose with a rain wand or an attachable sprinkler, for watering your plants and seedlings.
Hydroponic gardening is a unique way of growing plants without soil. Instead of dirt, plants are grown in a water-based solution that is enriched with the necessary nutrients and minerals to support optimal growth. Structure for the root system in the enriched water solution is given by inert materials such as pebbles or peat moss.
For successful hydroponic gardening, you will need the following supplies:
- A water pump to circulate the water-based nutrient solution and to circulate air as well as reservoirs for the solution.
- Grow trays for the plants as well as grow lights; when a hydroponic garden is set up indoors, the plants need a source of light for photosynthesis.
- Growing nutrients to mix into the water-based solution, a timer for the water pump or the ventilation system, and a pH test kit to check for the correct pH balance in your system.
Organic gardens do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers for insect control or growth. This can make it challenging for controlling invasive pests, bugs, and organisms. There are several methods available to combat unwanted insects and pests, including:
- Natural barriers and repellents such as cedar, peppermint, pennyroyal, and cayenne pepper.
- Using beneficial insects such as green lacewings or praying mantis that prey upon invasive garden insects.
- Biological pest control such as using beneficial bacteria that is harmless to the crops but sickens or kills insects.
- Using common home products such as boric acid or citric acid, like that found in lemon or lime juice, to repel or kill invasive insects.