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Building 101: Gardening Tools

Familiarize yourself with gardening tools that do the real dirty work


Starting your own mini garden soon? You better have these essentials.

Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“Garden Gear") in the RL Notebook of the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Here are the basic tools that you should have:

1.  Garden Hose

Commonly used for tasks such as general watering of plants, washing up, and cleaning garden tools and equipment. It effectively extends the reach of water from a faucet.

2. Small Trowel

It has the same function as other trowels, but a smaller one is ideal for indoor gardening and miniature plants.

Trowel, P2,580 (Part of Indoor Gardening Set with Rake and Pruning Shears), AC+632 

3.  Small Rake

It is a broom for outdoor use. This hand rake is best used in indoor or pocket gardens and can also be used in a desktop Zen garden. It’s also used for light weeding and leveling of the grade.

Small Rake, P2,580 (part of Indoor Gardening Set with Small Trowel and Pruning Shears), AC+632

4.  Pruning Shears

Also called hand pruners or secateurs, pruning shears are basically a pair of scissors for gardening. This tool is strong enough to prune hard branches of small trees and shrubs.

Small Pruning Shears, P2,580, (part of Indoor Gardening Set with Small Trowel and Rake), AC+632 

5.  Gardening Gloves

A gardener needs to be protected from gardening hazards such as sharp rocks. Gloves must be able to endure all the work, and still be flexible enough to grab and pull.

Leather Gloves, P3,480 (part of Large Garden Set with Trowel and Fork), AC+632

6.  Watering Can

This portable container is used to water plants by hand. The “rose” or the cap with small holes at the end is used to scatter water droplets to avoid excessive watering.

Green Watering Can, P2,280, AC+632

7.  Trowel

An all-around tool used for breaking up earth, digging holes, mixing in fertilizer, and transferring plants to pots, among others.

Trowel, P3,480, (part of Large Garden Set with Gardening Gloves and Fork), AC+632

8.  Fork

It is mainly used for loosening, lifting, and turning over soil and is more appropriate to use than a trowel. It effectively rakes out stones and weeds and can break up clods of earth easily with its tines.

Fork, P3,480, (part of Large Garden Set with Gardening Gloves and Trowel), AC+632

9. Potting Material

Soil, sand, gravel, and admixtures. These materials can vary from garden to garden, depending on which type of plant you’re working on.

Boracay Pebbles, P50/half bag; Gravel, P30/half bag, all from Bulacan Garden Corporation 

10. Water Sprayer

This is more for misting than watering. It is commonly used in smaller gardens and pocket gardens where a watering can would have too much water and be too heavy to carry. A water sprayer is best for aero plants and orchids.

Water Sprayer, find similar in leading Hardware Stores

*Prices are subject to change. 


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