Glorious Good Friday to you!
I'm Rita C, from the blog 'Panoply', and my top five list centers around garden essentials. I'm strictly a landscape gardener, but I've tried to focus on items that cross over to vegetable gardeners as well.
My number one garden favorite, hands down, is a good pair of gloves. Although there are plenty of options and price points out there to choose from (this photo was taken in a small, mom and pop shop), I prefer a good grip kind, such as the one pictured below, for most of my work in the garden. The rubber palm and breathable, nylon topside are a winning combination, providing good water, chemical and dirt coverage for fingertips, yet flexible enough for handling seedlings. They wash and dry well also. For dealing with tougher jobs such as thorns, I switch to (and recommend) leather gloves, a more impenetrable choice.
Second on my list of garden essentials is a trusty pair of snips, pruners, plain ole knife or scissors.
A pair of snips takes care of handling most dead-heading in the daily walk through the garden, and these are inexpensively found (less than $15 for a decent pair) at your garden or hardware store. You can tell mine are well-used (and dirty on the blades!). This pair has a safety catch for keeping the blades together when not in use. There's also a more frugal alternative to pruning snips - go to the Dollar Tree and purchase a pair of scissors and/or knife! Yes, they will do the job, and when the blades go dull or the tool(s) get lost in the garden, they're inexpensive to replace! Knives are especially great for whacking down small grasses. Alternatively, if you really get into your tools and some serious pruning, you can invest in a good pair of Felcon No. 2 pruners. Felco pruners are the workhorse tool in my arsenal, easily cutting through thick branches of mature plants and even trees, up to 1" in diameter.
Favorite pruning snips.
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