One thing I’ve always wanted to learn how to do is garden. I know it takes an incredible amount of work to foster a green thumb, and that there’s probably no such thing as “time off” when tending a bed of live flowers and veggies, but it just seems like such a rewarding and fruitful pastime.
Now, more than ever, I feel led to find ways to protect and nurture this planet that we call home, and it seems to me that growing our own produce—and maybe starting some kind of compost heap, too—might be a great place to start. John and I are already pretty adamant about recycling, but I know there’s more we could be doing. Maybe learning to live off the land, even just one tiny raised bed at a time, could help reduce waste.
In order to motivate myself and to kick off my research for this new hobby, I’ve pulled together a list of 12 accessories that I think will get me started. That said, I’m no pro and, frankly, have no idea what I’m doing, so any suggestions, tips, and shopping pointers are very much appreciated.
- Stainless Steel Watering Can ($26.99)
- 8 Piece Garden Tool Set ($31.99)
- The Drunken Botanist ($11.99)
- Women’s Wide Brim Braided Sun Hat ($19.59)
- Japanese Gardening Knife ($20.74)
- Soil pH Meter ($15.94)
- 45′ x 1/2″ Adjustable Plant Ties ($7.99)
- Gardeners Gold Soap ($9.50)
- 30 Gallon Kangaroo Gardening Bag ($13.82)
- Cultivator Claw ($9.99)
- 3 Tier Elevated Planter Kit ($79.94)
- Plant Theatre FUNKY VEG KIT Gift Box ($18.99)
I’m also really into these $8 Gardening gloves. Have you raised your own veggies at home? What am I missing here? We love to eat salads topped with carrots and celery, and I eat tomatoes like they’re candy, so I’m excited to give gardening a try.