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Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies

These are my favorite garden tools & supplies. If it’s listed here, it’s because I own it, use it, and love it. Dive into my personal list of favorite garden tools and supplies that I swear by.

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Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies

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My Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies


Felco Pruning Shears

Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies

This is the one tool I always carry with me in the garden. It’s either in my hand or back pocket and perfect for pruning, harvesting, and just about everything else. 

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Garden Watering Grids

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These garden watering grids from Garden in Minutes water evenly AND divide my beds into squares for Square Foot Gardening. I’ve added them to all my raised beds. Use code ANGELA10 to save $10 off $100.

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GITG Raised Bed Mix

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Based on Mel’s Mix from Square Foot Gardening, but adapted for Arizona gardening, I use the soil in all my beds and containers. It’s available at Arizona Worm Farm

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Growoya Ollas

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Ollas are my favorite way to water containers. I wouldn’t garden in containers here in the low desert during the summer without them. Use code GROWING to save.

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Shade Cloth

How to Create Shade in the Garden

Once temperatures are consistently above 90°F, I add shade to the full-sun parts of my garden. I use this white 50% shade cloth. Learn more in this blog post

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Seed Storage Boxes

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I fill these photo storage boxes with different seeds and store them in a drawer in my hall closet with these labels. Learn more in this blog post

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Bootstrap Farmer 1020 Trays

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I’ve used these trays for several seasons, and they look as good as new.

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Bootstrap Farmer 32-Cell Tray & Inserts

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Built to last and just the right size with plenty of room for deep roots. 
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Bootstrap Farmer Humidity Domes

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Thick and well-made, these domes have lasted many seasons and are still going strong.

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Botanical Interest Seeds

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Botanical Interest seeds are a favorite for sure. I also like Renee’s Garden Seeds, Baker Creek Seeds, and SeedsNow.
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Potting Up Container

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When it’s time to move seedlings to a larger container, I use these 5.5″ nursery pots.

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Wooden Dibber

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I’ve had the same one for over 10 years and use it when planting seeds. Easily one of my favorite garden tools.
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Seedling Heat Mat

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I’ve used these heating mats for years, and they work great. 

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Power Strip with Timer

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I plug in all the lights on the side with the timer and the fans on the other side of the timer. Love having the lights on a timer – it makes my job easier.  Buy Now


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Corona Transplanter

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I’ve had this transplanter for years. It is sturdy, strong, and doesn’t rust. 

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Corona Pruning Saw

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This pruning saw comes in handy for removing larger branches and limbs from trees

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Plant Labels

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I love knowing what’s growing, and these markers last all season long. At the end of the season, I paint over them and reuse them year after year. 

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Garden Labeling Pens

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I use these Sharpie paint pens on my garden markers, which helps them last all season.

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Rachio Smart Controllers

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Turning on and off my watering system from my phone is a game changer. Love it! 

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Freeze Dryer

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Freeze drying has quickly become my favorite way to preserve garden harvests.

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Citrus Press

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I bought this one in 2012 and we’ve juiced thousands of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits with it. Love it!

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Soil Test Kit

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It’s important to test your soil at the beginning of the season. These kits make it easy.

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Fish Fertilizer

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Stinky and thick – this stuff is the best. This concentrate lasts a long time. (5-1-1)

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Worm Castings

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Garden gold. The benefits of worm castings go way beyond fertilizer. They are a must-have for organic gardening.

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Compost Thermometer

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It’s important to know if your compost is heating or cooling. Using a thermometer helps you know what is happening in your compost pile. 

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Galvanized Soil Scoop

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I always use this scoop to spread soil, mulch, and compost. 

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Cardboard Shredder

I shred my cardboard with this 24-sheet heavy-duty shredder. The worms love shredded cardboard as bedding. 

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Red Wiggler Worms

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Red wigglers are the best type of worms to use for in-bed vermicomposting. Look for a local supplier or buy them online.

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Gorilla Cart

Garden Cart / Gorilla Cart

I’ve had mine since 2016. I added no flat tires and use this cart for all sorts of garden jobs.  

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Herb Scissors

Herb Scissors

These scissors make using fresh herbs so simple. The five blades slice the herbs easily and quickly. They are also easy to clean. 

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Chicken Feeder

Chicken Feeder

My favorite part about this feeder? No waste! The birds can’t get the food dirty, and it doesn’t get wet. My feed costs went down when I began using this feeder.

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Chicken Waterer

Chicken Waterer

It took several tries to find the best waterer. The search is over. My chickens and I both love this one.

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Galvanized Steel Bucket

Galvanized Steel Bucket

I use these buckets all the time for different tasks in the garden. They are used often and most definitely one of my favorite garden tools and supplies.

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Garden Clips

Garden Clips

These are my favorite clips for attaching plants to trellises. They are easy to use and reusable. I use them throughout the garden. 

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If this post about my favorite gardening tools was helpful, please share it:

Judith

Saturday 11th of November 2023

Angela, I love the way you make gardening easy. Thank you so much for helping me be a better gardener. I think your vermicomposting is the best. I'm going to do the same in my raised beds.

I followed your link to Amazon to buy things you use, but I couldn't find the watering wand. What brand is your watering wand? It looks sturdy and it appears to put out a gentle spray. I would like to get a watering wand like yours.

Angela Judd

Tuesday 14th of November 2023

Hi Judith - I use the watering wand from Home Depot - Unfortunately they don't last as long as I would like, but I like them the best of any I have tried. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Orbit-33-in-Shower-Wand-with-Shut-Off-Antique-Black-27841/300210156

DeeDee

Monday 21st of August 2023

Hi, maybe you have covered this somewhere else (I'm new to your site) but do you have any recommendations on which grow lights you use and like? Thanks.

Angela Judd

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

Hi. Yes, I cover the seed starting supplies I use in this blogpost: https://growinginthegarden.com/how-to-start-seeds-indoors-10-steps-for-success/

Amanda Walker

Friday 26th of November 2021

This list rocks! We are just wrapping up our beds and I have never seen the grid water system and would love to give them a go!

Diana

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Such a great post. There were lots of tools I'd like to try in this list. I'm trying to keep my costs down this year because it is easy to go overboard on gadgets. Got more grow lights this year to hopefully increase my yield. I never seem to make the long trek to Arizona worm farm to get compost. I have my own worms and outdoor composter though. I did notice it was nearly impossible to find vermiculite this year. I do have some left over from last year though. This year I had a lot more bugs to deal with! I have run out of Neem oil twice. Anyway, grateful for your website. I bought your book and it is wonderful.

Angela Judd

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Best of luck to you. I agree, there sure are a lot of bugs this year for sure!