New (and old) hobbies have been a mainstay throughout the pandemic. Everyone has been hoarding sourdough starter or jogging around the neighborhood for the first time in years. One hobby we've been, ahem, digging is one of the more calming activities one can do around the home: gardening.
We're not talking about zen gardens — although, that sounds pretty amazing, too — we are talking about good old-fashioned horticulture. Starting a garden, no matter how big or small (or even indoors) is a rewarding and often peaceful venture. There is something about working with your hands that feels right; in the end, we all just want to play in the dirt.
If you've found yourself staring out at your yard, or even at the empty space below your windowsills, longing to see some sunflowers or a tomato vine or a rosebush, it might be time to get a garden going. We have been doing the same, so we assembled this list of essential gardening tools to get you started. Aside from the items below, you just need to get to know your soil, get some seeds and you're ready to go.
Trust us, you don't need expensive gloves. These let you keep all of your dexterity and are enough to make sure you don't easily stab yourself on a thorn.
A digging knife is going to become your best friend in the garden.
You've got to break down that stubborn dirt somehow.
An expandable hose relieves the headache of trying to move a bulky rubber hose around.
Today's best indoor gardens practically grow themselves (and look good, too).
You've heard of house shoes — you'll want dedicated gardening shoes, too.
Keep the sun off your head, face and neck — you won't regret it.
Don't do the heavy lifting on your own, get a wheelbarrow.
Starting a compost bin is great for the earth and will help your garden (and soil) flourish over time.
You need seeds. This vegetable pack is a great place to start if you think veggies are your thing.
Getting some soil specifically for gardening gives your plants the nutrients they need to thrive. Regardless of your native soil, you will probably want some of this.
Your neighbor's grass will be greenish-brown with envy.