Gardening is popular this year – and it’s no surprise. Being stuck at home becomes much more enjoyable when you can get out into the great outdoors and in the sun and surround yourself with glorious greenery and flowers. Need more incentive? Research shows that gardening can reduce stress and increase your sense of well-being. Here are eight handy tools to help you dig.
Bloem Easy Pour Watering Can
Several clever innovations raise this watering can above the average. First of all, the two handles (one attached to the side and another hinged to the top) make pouring easier. Second, the head rotates from a spray of rainwater to a constant stream of water. The can is made from durable, frost resistant polyethylene so it won’t rust and holds 2.6 gallons of water.
Cost: $ 16.98
Five piece ergonomic hand tool set
Having the right tool for the job makes gardening happier. The one that helps keep your wrists and hands pain free is even better. This set wins on both points. It includes a trowel, transplanter, weeder, shovel and cultivator, all with Natural Radius handles. Ultralight die-cast aluminum blades are rust resistant and come with a Lifetime Natural Radius Manufacturer’s Warranty to back the promise.
Cost: $ 49.99
ZillaGreen Flexzilla Garden Hose
Exceptionally light, durable and kink resistant thanks to the flexible polymer hybrid material, Flexzilla’s 5/8 inch, 100 foot hose is a favorite. It lays flat, which makes it easy to roll up and means your sprinkler will stay where you put it. Perhaps best of all, its acid green color ensures that no one will trip over it.
Cost: $ 44.98
Herb garden trio
Perfect for apartment dwellers and those who prefer to start small, Urban Leaf offers eco-friendly soil starter kits that allow you to grow a mini herb garden in the corner of your kitchen. Add water to the soil disks and they will swell enough to fill the pots with coconut, then sprinkle the seeds on the soil. Use the wooden tags to find out what’s happening as the herbs grow, and place it all in the Urban Leaf Decorative Wooden Box. Everything you need (except water and sun) is included in your kit. Urban Leaf offers a culinary trio of coriander, sweet basil and parsley; a Mediterranean trio of thyme, rosemary and chives; and a fruit and vegetable trio of tomatoes, peppers and strawberries.
Cost: $ 26 for each soil kit trio
Joules Wellibob Boots
Heavy-duty rubber keeps your feet dry in wet conditions, and an ankle-high shank lets you walk through mud worry-free, but you won’t have overheated gardening in the summer. Boots are also good for long walks in the rain, provided the puddles are not too deep. Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns; pictured: Red Ditsy.
Cost: $ 69.95
This popular cart has a two-wheel design, which adds stability and maneuverability. A loop handle makes it easier to push and pull. The 5 cubic foot deck is made of plastic so it won’t rust and supports loads of up to 300 pounds. When empty, it tips the scales at 26 pounds (about 25 percent less than a typical wheelbarrow), so you won’t have to sweat while pushing it.
Cost: $ 64.98
Rugged and intelligently designed, this ratchet pruner from Ironwood Tool Company amplifies your strength up to seven times to make trimming through thick stems, bushes and branches a breeze. It also has an ergonomic handle to prevent pain in the hands and wrists. The product comes with a pad that you dip in oil to clean the blades, which is a plus as long as you don’t lose it.
Cost: $ 20
Second Skin Gloves with SPF
Strong and water resistant, yet stretchable and flexible, these nylon-lycra-silicone gloves have a built-in SPF 50 to protect your hands not only from scratches and bites, but also from the harmful rays of the sun. They’re dotted with silicone handles so tools and plants won’t slip out even when wet. Machine wash, line dry. Available in three colors.
Cost: $ 30 (10% off first order)
This sturdy yet lightweight rake expands to three different heights and widths to accommodate different garden tasks and users, while reducing back fatigue. The handle extends from 32 to 61 inches and the tine width ranges from 7.5 inches for small spaces to 21.5 inches for larger ones, then folds up for easy storage.
Cost: $ 28.99