5 MUST-HAVE GARDENING ACCESSORIES FOR HORTICULTURE NOVICES
July 02, 2017
So, you’ve decided to give gardening a go as a couple’s activity, but where on earth do you start? And what exactly will you need? Never fear – we have a handy list of the first things you need to get to start on your way to gardening success.
THE FIRST FIVE THINGS BEGINNER GARDENERS SHOULD BUY
First things first – you’re going to be working in the dirt and grime (which is half the fun!), so you’re going to need a pair of nice, sturdy gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorns, splinters and sun exposure. Find a pair that is not too bulky and clean it each time after use. Ladies, there are gardening gloves with all sorts of pretty patterns available, so you can channel your inner style goddess while you garden as well.
Next up, the trusty hand trowel. This is the first piece of gardening equipment novices should learn to use. Choose a durable stainless steel trowel to plant herbs, dig around corners and take out weeds.
A short-handled square shovel makes easy work of digging holes for plants and moving small amounts of soil from one area to another. Choose a spade with a strong steel head and a thick fiberglass handle - a little more expensive, but will last you a lifetime.
An inexpensive plastic rake and some elbow grease is all you need to clear away common garden debris like leaves and cuttings.
AN ADJUSTABLE HOSE
A nice long hose with an adjustable nozzle will allow you to water each bed with the intensity and frequency it requires. At the moment, many regions in South Africa are subjected to water restrictions due to a prolonged drought, so if you want to be water-wise you can also use a watering can, which helps to curb water usage.
SPRAYRITE SPRAY INDICATOR
When spraying weeds on your paving or grass, do you always miss a few spots and then have to go back and re-apply? Stop wasting your precious time! Sprayrite spray indicator is a blue colourant designed for temporary marking of sprayed areas and fades within 48 hours. This is a simple, cost-effective system to reduce over-application or leaving areas untreated.
These five gardening tools form a strong basis for your beginner’s collection. Keep your eye on the Date Night Ideas blog in coming weeks for more advice for novice gardening couples.
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