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Spring and Summer Garden Essentials

Spring Gardening is a wonderful way to give back to Mother Earth and to connect with nature. It can be very therapeutic to spend time outside, just soaking up the sun, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors. You don’t nee to be an avid gardener to enjoy gardening. All you really need are a few essentials to get you started, and you’ll be on your way to making the perfect little garden that you’ll be able to enjoy all season long.

A potting bench isn’t completely necessary for gardening, but it can make gardening much easier. If you have an old table or bench that you’re not using anymore, you can easily convert it into a potting bench. Add a shelf above and/or below the table surface for storage. Store extra potting soil and planters or pots on the potting bench. You can also use the potting bench to store your small gardening tools. Just be sure not to leave them out in the rain for too long, or they might begin to rust.

Every gardener needs a good pair of gardening gloves, and some gardening tools. You’ll want to choose gloves that will really protect your fingers and hands. If you’re working with any type of plant that has thorns on it, like roses, a thicker glove will better protect your hands. Small tools like shears for pruning or clipping are wonderful to have on hand. You can also use them to snip some blooms to bring inside and enjoy. A spade and shovel and must-haves for gardeners who enjoy potting plants. Gardener’s Supply has a wonderful selection of gardening tools- big and small. You can get free shipping on orders over $125.00.

Every gardener also needs a good pair of comfortable footwear for gardening. Many gardeners choose to wear garden clogs because they are extremely comfortable, and can easily slide on and off. They can also be easily washed or hosed off outside after they become dirty. The clogs are cushy, offering ample support for a gardener’s often tired feet. A kneeler or gardener’s bench can also be a help to any gardener who might experience joint or muscle pain from time to time. Constantly having to bend over or bear weight on the knees can cause pain later in the day, or days after spending time gardening. These kneelers offer support for the knees and back, and will keep the gardener from having to work in an uncomfortable position.

A wheelbarrow is also a wonderful tool to use in the garden. Since gardens have to be tended to regularly, it’s a good idea to have something that you can use to haul off the brush or debris from the garden area. Dead plants nee to be taken out to make way for new ones, and weeds must constantly be pulled out. Just toss those into the wheelbarrow and wheel it off to an area for composting. It’s also the perfect vehicle for moving large items, mulch, and dirt from place to place in the garden. You can find items like wheelbarrows and other gardening supplies at Tractor Supply.

Don’t forget to wear protective clothing and plenty of sunscreen when spending so much time working outside. Tale plenty of breaks and stay hydrated, too.