Basic Tool List
Gardeners bring their own hand tools for weeding and maintaining
their rental plots. Metal hand tools dig into the soil better
and are more durable than plastic hand tools.
Basic hand tools:
- regular trowel
- graduated transplant trowel
- cultivator claw.
Here are the basic shared tools for the
preparation and clean-up of a community garden. We've
obtained these tools from garage sales, donations from residents or
- 1 square-point spade
- 2 round-point shovels, at least one of each of the
2 handle lengths (for short and tall gardeners)
- 1-2 garden forks also called spading or digging
forks (not pitchforks)
- 2 steel tine rakes (called level head or bow rakes)
used for levelling soil in beds. Must have metal tines.
- 1 fan rake (also called a leaf rake). Metal
- 2 hoes (1 traditional draw hoe which is flat and one
triangular weeder or a claw-type weeder)
- 1 wheelbarrow with medium to heavy capacity and a
good front tire
- 100 feet (minimum) of rubber hose and brass
couplings with a lifetime warranty. Minimum diameter is 5/8
inch. A 3/4 inch diameter hose is recommended.
- 1 water wand
- 1 oscillating sprinkler with metal parts (not
needed if in bed drip irrigation is used or wicking beds