Must-Have Tools for the Urban Gardener

tools for urban gardeners

If you have the space to showcase your gardening tools, by all means, do! Image: YI CUI via Flickr CC

If your home or apartment is anything like mine, you may often find yourself struggling to find additional storage for those items you just can’t bear to give up. I barely have enough space to garden, let alone store gardening tools, but that doesn’t stop me from keeping the most essential tools handy. As long as all of the tools can fit into a smallish tool or tacklebox, they’re really not taking up too much space anyways, right?

Here’s what I’ve been keeping in my urban gardening toolbox lately:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Seed storage envelopes
  • Twine and tape
  • A small pair of scissors or flower shears for trimming herbs
  • Sturdy, compact hand tools that can do double duty (a trowel with a sharp, cutting edge for example)
  • Measuring tape
  • A small notebook and pencils for jotting down notes
  • A cotton bandana
  • A paperback copy of “Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011”

If you have a watering pail and larger supplies that can be kept outside, then you’re already ahead of the curve when it comes to garden tool storage. Other essential tools that can’t quite fit in a tacklebox-sized container include hoses, tools for carrying larger loads, rakes and hoes, and other digging tools such as large shovels. For small balcony gardens, a trowel often does the trick, but it never hurts to start storing larger supplies for when you’ll need them later if you have the space to do so.

What are your must-have tools for urban gardening? What do you always keep inside your gardening toolbox or on hand for outdoor gardening?

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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