These are my “can’t live without” favorite garden tools & supplies. If it’s listed here, it’s because I own it, use it, and love it. Below you’ll find my most-used garden, outdoor, and preserving items.

Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies

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Top 3 Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies I Won't Garden Without

Felco Pruning Shears

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. 

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.  

Growing in the Garden Raised Bed Soil

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

Seed Starting Supplies

Bootstrap Farmer 1020 Trays

I finally upgraded to these trays and I’m so glad I did – they will last season after season. 

Bootstrap Farmer 32 Cell Tray and Inserts

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

Bootstrap Farmer Humidity Domes

Thick and well-made, these domes will last many seasons. 

Wooden Dibbler

I’ve had the same one for over 10 years and use it whenever I’m planting seeds. 

Sterile Seed Starting Mix

It’s important to use a mix formulated for starting seeds. 

I attach one of these lights below each shelf of the wire shelving rack with zip ties. The bright, even light makes for strong seedlings. 

Seed Starting Fan

Circulating air creates stronger, healthier seedlings. I clip these fans onto the wire shelving rack on each shelf. 

Seed Starting Labels

I use a sharpie to write on these labels. They fit easily in the seed starting trays and the writing doesn’t come off or bleed. 

Watering Can

This watering can makes it easier to water seedling trays from the bottom when you are starting seeds indoors

I use this wire shelving rack for starting my seeds. (I don’t install one of the shelves so that there is enough room between shelves).  

Seedling Heat Mat

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

Power Strip with Timer

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 – makes my job easier. 

Power Strips

I use these power strips to plug the heat mats into. 

Favorite Gardening Tools & Supplies

Felco Pruning Shears

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. 

Corona Transplanter

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

I use these pruners to cut through larger branches – love them. 

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

I use burlap to help keep germinating seeds moist during hot weather. I also use burlap as frost protection in the garden. 

Bootstrap Farmer Melon Hammock

I love growing vertically, and these hammocks keep my watermelons from crashing to the ground. 

Melon Cradle

Melon cradles keep pumpkins, cantaloupes, and other watermelons up off the soil and away from bugs. 

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. 

I use these Sharpie paint pens on my garden markers and they last all season. 

Chapin Sprayer

This sprayer is a great way to apply foliar applications of neem oil, fertilizer, or compost tea. 

Pest Control Essentials

Neem Oil

Use a light hand with pest control – even organic options – but there are times neem oil comes in handy. 

Bt is a great organic option when dealing with grape leaf skeletonizers. Use a light hand with any types of pest control (even organic options). 

I use these to mix up just a little bit of whatever I’m using – that way I’m not tempted to spray more than needed.  

Tulle helps keep birds away from fruit and young seedlings. I like this brown tulle because it blends in with the soil and is less visable. 

Rat Trap

When I have issues with rats, consistently using these rat traps usually takes care of the problem. 

Sticky traps are a great option for keeping populations of white flies under control. Always hang them up to avoid catching lizards. 

Yard Favorites

We’ve had these Adirondack chairs in our yard since 2016, and they look just as good as when we bought them. They sit in full Arizona sun all year long. 

We went through several hammocks before we discovered this brand. It looks just like it did when we bought it in 2018, and it gets full Arizona sun. 

These lights are bright and look great. Solar lights are simple to install, no wires. I love the warm light they add to the landscape at night. 

Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies: Watering Essentials

Being able to turn on and off my watering system from my phone is a game changer. Love it! 

These garden 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. 

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

I’ve used other types but I always come back to this one. This timer is easy to use and reliable. It connects easily to your hose. 

Preserving & Storing Essentials

Root Vegetable Storage Bags

I use these to store onions, garlic, and potatoes. I hang them up in a hall closet. (No root cellars in Arizona!) 

Citrus Press

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

2 Qt. Juice Storage Bottles

Citrus season means I fill 20 or more of these up with juice. Their shape lets them take up less room in the fridge and freezer (and my cupboard when they are empty). 

Nesco Dehydrator

I’ve had my Nesco dehydrator for 15 years. Works great. Favorite things to dehydrate are ginger, apples, onions, tomatoes, greens, and herbs

Pressure Cannner

Pressure canning can be tricky, but it is a great option for preserving if you know how to do it. 

Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies: Fertilizing Favorites

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

Fish & Kelp Fertilizer

A great option for a balanced liquid organic fertilizer. 

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

Garden-Tone Fertilizer

Good balanced organic fertilizer for herbs and vegetables. (3-4-4)

Plant-Tone Fertilzer

Good balanced organic fertilizer for flowers, vegetables, perennials, trees, and shrubs. (5-3-3) 

Berry-Tone Fertilizer

Good balanced organic fertilizer for berries. (4-3-4)

Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies: Compost and Soil Essentials

Growing in the Garden Raised Bed Soil

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

Compost Thermometer

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

I use this scoop all the time to spread soil, mulch, and compost. 

In-bed vermicomposting has been a game changer for my garden. The best price I’ve found for these buckets is at Home Depot. 

Red Wiggler Worms

Red wigglers are the best type of worms to use for in-bed vermicomposting. Look for a local supplier or buy them online. I get mine from Arizona Worm Farm. 

I use these buckets all the time for different tasks in the garden. 

This scooping shovel handles large amounts at a time – makes work go faster. 

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

The shorter handle on this scoop makes it easier to use. 

Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies: Chicken Supplies

These worked great and were inexpensive. Baby chicks don’t use this size for long. They grow up so fast! 

I hang this up in my run – works great. It’s big enough for all my chickens to use. 

This chicken waterer has worked great for me. The water stays clean. 

During hot weather, this mister keeps my chickens cool. I use this filter to keep it from getting clogged. 

I use a layer of the lime when I clean out the chicken coop before putting down fresh pine shavings or wood chips. 

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2 Comments on Favorite Garden Tools & Supplies

  1. 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.

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