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5 Affordable And Essential Tools For Urban Gardening

Working on your green thumb? These are the basic tools you need to get your city garden growing.

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If you’ve been planning on setting up your own balcony or pocket garden, don’t go out and buy your pots and plants just yet—make sure you have your gardening tools ready. No need to hoard the whole gardening section of the home depot, though (and we bet that won’t fit in your condo), start out with these five basic gardening tools, throw in a pair of heavy-duty gloves and a sprinkling can, and you’re good to go. 

1. Pruning Shears. This type of heavy-duty shears is so handy—you can use it for trimming dead branches on woody shrubs and small trees (branches not more than ¾-inch thick), cutting hard-stemmed flowers, and even for trimming grass near pathways. Pick shears with a spring action on the handle, to minimize hand cramping. Buffalo Multifunction Shears, P579.75, True Value.

2. Spray Bottle. There are many fancy sprayers, misters, and other gardening gadgets of the sort, but look no further than this affordable tool. A spray bottle can be used for watering small, delicate plants or flowers, or for spraying pest repellants. Always use separate spray bottles for watering and pesticide, and don’t mix them up (and as much as possible, use an organic pesticide for safety’s sake). Choose a bottle that has a nozzle with spray and mist controls. Multipurpose Spray Bottle With Measurements, P160, True Value.

3. Handheld Rake. This mini-rake is used for “turning” or loosening the gardening soil in a pot or seedling bed prior to planting. A rake with tightly spaced, sharp tines—sometimes called a “hand cultivator”—can be used to remove weeds. Gardena Handheld Rake, P400, True Value.

4. Spade. One of the most versatile garden tools—if you could only buy one tool, this is it! Use a spade for shoveling dirt into pots, loosening the soil-with-plant for transplanting, transferring seedlings, and digging holes in tight plots (with the tip). Gardena Handheld Spade, P400, True Value.  

5. Precision Scissors. These scissors have big grips and small, sharp blades. Use precision scissors for precision tasks, such as cutting herbs, soft-stemmed plants and flowers, and for trimming miniature plants. Keep the scissors handy for cutting open soil sacks and packages, too. Buffalo Precision Trimmers, P249.75, True Value.

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