Great Tools for Outdoor Gardening

Here’s what you need to get starting gardening


October 20, 2021
Gardening outdoors
If you have a green thumb – or want to develop one – here are the tools you need. Pixabay

What’s that catchy phrase: gardens not grass? As the world begins to seriously explore the idea of food sustainability, homeowners are turning their lawns into gardens. The result: beautiful harvests of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Outdoor gardening is still hard work. However, a few useful tools will make your time in your gardens so much more fruitful – if you’ll pardon the pun. Here are several must-haves for outdoor gardening fans.

Vita Gardens 4x4 Garden Bed with Grow Grid
This garden grid assembles in minutes and is weather-proof, making it a great pick for Florida’s tropical seasons. Vita Gardens

Aside from looking great, gardening using a grid keeps moisture in and cuts down on weeds, leading to a greater yield with your veggies and plants. This is a must-have for keeping your garden organized and easy to maintain.

ECOgardener Premium 5oz Pro Garden Weed Barrier
No professionals needed – you can install this lightweight mat yourself. ECOgardener

Thanks to its two-layered, needle-punched construction, ECOgardener’s weed mat works for both warm and cold climates. The mat pulls in air and moisture while keeping the weeds at bay. Once you have a handle on weeds, this hobby is so much more pleasant.

Atree Soil pH Meter, 3-in-1 Soil Tester Kits
Measure the soil’s moisture, pH value and the sun’s intensity with this battery-free soil meter. Atree

Is there an app for gardening? Probably, but what you really need is a soil meter. Just stick it 4 inches into the soil and you’ll get the reading. Bonus: It works for indoor and outdoor plants.

Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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