Any gardener will tell you, to do the job correctly you need the right tools and clothing. As gardening is an all-weather pursuit you need to keep dry in the winter and cool in the summer whilst tending your garden.
Tools for the garden
If you are new to gardening, you will need to start with the basics and that starts with a good quality garden fork and spade as you can start gardening when the ground is properly dug over.
Once the ground is prepared, and the planting done you will need a watering can and water source preferably from a water butt attached to the house guttering.
If you have some DIY skills is worth considering purchasing the wood required for those plants that require a little help and support so you can make your own trellises etc to support them.
All of this equipment can then be carried in the gardeners friend, a wheelbarrow without which you will be to-ing and fro-ing from your garden shed to your planting area. At least with a wheelbarrow you only need to do it once!
Small things making a huge difference
Looking after your back and knees should be high on the list of priorities for a gardener, cushions to kneel on or specialist kneelers or knee pads are essential. Stools are another option is the total weight of you knees are also give you an option to sit on while surveying your handy work.
When you’ve just put down some new planting for the fresh sprouts of life for showing, the last thing you need is for the birds to come foraging and the scarecrow if moved around on a regular basis will allow them to flourish. One can easily be made from a sheet shredded and draped over a cross made of wood.
The larger the garden, or the larger amounts of gardening you do the more chance you will see some of the extremes of weather from the very wet to the very heart. Some good quality clothing to protect you from these elements is essential.
Proper gardening trousers usually have an array of pockets and hooks to hold and store the smaller tools such as string scissors and pruners etc as these might be quite hot to wear in the summer you may consider a short pair for the warmer weather.
A wax jacket is perfect to beat off the driving rain and wind of the winter, and a wide-brimmed hat is ideal to keep off both the rain and the sun so can be used all year round.
And lastly but just as important, looking after your feet with wellington boots in the winter and gardening clogs in the summer will complete your gardening wardrobe.