If you’re just getting started with organic gardening, you’ll probably be a little surprised to see how much equipment you may need. It’s ironic because organic gardening itself is supposed to be all-natural. But rest assured that there are several tools and equipment that you’ll need to purchase at the start.
It would be a wise idea to write down all you need and check online to see what the prices are. This will give you an idea of what your budget should look like before getting started.
The good news is that many of the items you purchase will last for years and by that time if you’ve grown vegetables successfully, you’d have saved a lot on grocery bills and recouped your costs since you’ll have your own products to consume.
If you have bumper harvests or you do compost, you could even sell the excess produce and compost to others in your community. Organic foods at the supermarket tend to be costly. If you’re charging less for organic veggies, you can bet that many health-conscious people will buy from you instead (so that they can save a few dollars).
Now let’s look at the tools/equipment you’ll need;
You’ll need this to prune your plants or cut off the heads of weeds to stunt their growth.
Depending on the size of your garden, you may need to get one of these. If you’re composting, a wheelbarrow will be very helpful for transporting the compost from the heap to your garden.
These are necessary when picking off insects that are pests, or for doing weeding, handling compost, soil testing, etc.
Useful for piling up dead leaves or smoothening the ground.
Using a watering can is preferable to using a garden hose to spray your plants indiscriminately. The water that spouts out of a watering can is easier on the plants and will not cause disturbance to the soil.
These tools will be used for digging small holes to plant the seeds or scraping aside mulch that is too close to your plants, etc. They are usually used for work that you do up close with the plant.
Hoe and Spade
The hoe is usually used to dig the soil in bigger gardens, etc. The spade will be used for scooping up compost from the heap and dumping it on the wheelbarrow.
You can’t be using the small trowel set for bigger projects. Hoes and pitchforks are usually used to turn the soil and aerate it.
Generally, it’s not advisable to till the soil too much. Once when you’re first starting off is advisable, and after that, it’s best to use composting and mulching to maintain the soil.
Soil Testing Kit and Water Moisture Meter
The soil testing kit will be very useful for testing the acidity of the soil. This is an important task that should not be neglected. Soil that’s not around the neutral range will not be ideal for planting many vegetables and plants. The water moisture meter will allow you to ascertain if your soil has sufficient water or it’s too dry. In some cases, the soil may contain too much water and you’ll need to hold off from watering your plants until the soil moisture content drops.
These are some of the handy items that you’ll need for your garden and they’ll make your life much easier. Always remember to clean the equipment after use and store them in a dry place. Do NOT leave your pruning shears or rake lying around the garden. These can be hazardous if someone unwittingly steps on them. Get the items you need, store them well and aim to be the best organic gardener that you can be… and you’ll have a garden that’s a friend you can visit anytime.