I created this recommended garden supplies page to easily list the best garden products in one place. These are my favourite garden supplies 🙂
(under construction – Feb 2018)
- Garden Supplies
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Here are some of the best garden supplies to help you start a garden.
Potting Soil: A high-quality organic potting soil is a must for container gardening. A good potting soil is organic, sterile, rich in nutrients, holds the right amount of water, and also traps air to keep it light. I use Pro-Mix potting soils, which have the added benefit of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. A good potting soil is worth the investment! Find Pro-Mix and other potting soils on Amazon.
Seed-Starting Soil: Specialty seed-starting mix is formulated to help seeds germinate and sprout into seedlings. Growing seedlings can be tricky, so it’s worth the extra cost of a specialty mix in this case. I use Pro-Mix Organic Seedling Mix, which includes coconut coir to manage moisture levels. Find Pro-Mix and other seed-starting mixes on Amazon.
Worm Castings:Worm castings, or Vermicompost, are a very popular organic plant food. Castings make a great general soil amendment, and are particularly helpful in seed-starting. You can make your own worm castings with a home worm bin or purchase them locally or on Amazon.
Organic Fertilizer: Granular fertilizers are easy to use and ensure your plants have access to the nutrients they need. Finding organic options can take a bit more time, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for an easy way to give your plants a boost (think of it as a multivitamin!). I use Pro-Mix Organic Granular Fertilizers (available in Canada). Espoma also makes a nice organic plant food, available on Amazon.
Composted Manure:Composted herbivore manure is a popular soil amendment in organic gardening. It includes animal manure as well as the animal’s bedding materials (straw, et cetera). If buying locally, look for a farm that feeds their animals a wide variety of organic food and ensure the manure has been hot-composted to thoroughly destroy any seeds. The manure shouldn’t smell if it’s been properly composted. Options for smaller amounts of composted manure products are available on Amazon.
Peat Moss:Peat moss is a common ingredient in potting mixes which adds bulk to the mix and helps it hold water. Peat moss is also used to amend garden soil to make it more acidic (perfect for acid-loving plants like blueberries). Find it at local suppliers or on Amazon.
Coconut Coir:Coconut coir is sometimes used in potting mixes in combination with or instead of peat moss. It is created from coconut husks rather than mined from the earth like peat moss. Use it to help your potting mix hold water and to add bulk. Find it at Amazon.
Perlite:Perlite is a mined mineral which is added to soil mixes to help the soil hold air. Plant roots require access to air in the soil, making perlite a valuable soil amendment. Perlite is safe for organic gardening as it is chemically inert. If soil in container gardens or raised beds is at all heavy, perlite can be a very valuable amendment. Find it at Amazon.
These garden accessories will get your garden off to a good start:
Soil Meter: Soil meters are a quick way to confirm environmental conditions to ensure your plants can thrive. Using a soil meter takes away the guesswork for beginner gardeners. If you’re unsure about whether your plant needs more water, less water, more light, higher pH, et cetera, a soil meter will be invaluable. Find it at Amazon.
Soil Test Kit:Soil test kits can give you a good indication of the nutrient composition of your garden soil. In addition to testing for pH, home soil test kits measure the natural amount of common nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – N,P,K) in your soil. Knowing the nutrient baseline for your soil allows you to select the appropriate organic fertilizers for your unique environment. Soil tests can be found on Amazon.
Garden Hand Tools: Dewit hand tools are well-made garden tools made of forged steel with a solid ash wooden handle. At bare minimum, you’ll need a trowel and cultivator. Having a good set of hand tools will make your day-to-day gardening tasks enjoyable instead of frustrating. Find them at Amazon or Terrain.
Hand Pruners: Fiskars pruners have been part of my daily trip out to the garden for years. They are easy to use, easy to maintain, and very well priced. I keep a few pairs around the house, the yard, and even in my truck (just in case!). Find them at Amazon or Target.
Felco Pruners: Felco pruners are the gold standard in pruning. They’re not cheap, but you’ll have them forever. They work like a dream. The classic red handles also make them easy to spot when you’re out working in the garden. Buy one pair and never let them go! Find them at Amazon.
Harvest Basket: A good harvest basket is lovely for trips out to the garden. Baskets, trugs, and hods can be used to hold veggies, flowers, and even a few garden tools for trips back and forth to the garden. I like baskets that can also be used to wash veggies. A quick wash outside makes cooking prep much quicker when you’re back in the kitchen. The classic wood and wire garden carry+wash hod is available on Amazon and at Terrain. English wooden garden trugs (better for berries, cherry tomatoes, and flowers) are available on Amazon.
Pruning Loppers:Fiskars loppers are perfect for pruning branches that are just a bit too big for hand pruners. I use mine for winter and spring pruning, and for garden clean up while I get my garden ready for winter. Find them at Amazon or Target.
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