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The weather has finally warmed up, which means it’s time to head outside and get your garden-on. Whether you want your house to look like the flowers of Victoria Island or just want to cover up that weird siding that was there when you moved in, getting the garden of your dreams starts with the right tools.
We’ve rounded up 12 of our favourite garden tools that will turn you into the Incredible Hulk of gardening. You know, because he’s green. There really isn’t a superhero for gardens.
Designed for gardeners who need a small and durable knife that can always be kept on hand, the La Compagnie Garden Knife Sheath features a classic and functional design. The piece is handmade in Quebec and includes a vegetable-tanned leather case that is accented by beautiful linen thread stitching.
Garden Knife Sheath, $65 at Simons.
A garden kneeler seems like an extravagant and unnecessary purchase for the first five minutes of planting. After that, it becomes a necessity. Save your knees and give your garden some inspiration (hey weeds, be more like these flowers) with the Wild & Wolf Green Garden Kneeler. Your knees with thank you.
Garden Kneeler, $50 at Indigo.
Designed for balconies, patios, and any small spaces that need a little green, the Plant Inn Raised Garden is a garden and storage shed in one. The top half features 15 square feet of growing space with two deep planting trays and water drainage. The bottom half includes built-in storage and comes with two plant hangers.
Plant Inn Raised Garden, $550 at The Bay.
Having a large outdoor area and a green thumb are huge bonuses when it comes to gardening, but they’re not deal breakers. If your urban space doesn’t allow for much outdoor growing or if you need a little help getting your garden started, we love the Urban Agriculture Basil Grow Kit, which comes with premixed organic seeds, soil, a garden stake and a stylish container. Just add water, some fertilizer, and good vibes. The vibes may not help, but they can’t hurt.
Urban Agriculture Basil Grow Kit, $20 at Indigo.
A garden spade may seem like an obvious tool to use in the garden, but sometimes going back to basics is the best way to make quick work of planting. We love the classic design of this handmade spade, which is forged in steel in Quebec.
Garden Spade, $45 at Simons.
Putting the ‘tool’ in stool, the GardenHOME is a sturdy seat with a steel frame and an all-weather polyester canvas seat and tote. The detachable polyester tote has external pockets for holding gardening tools, including the five tools that come with the seat, keeping them within arm’s reach.
GardenHOME Folding Stool with Tool Bag, $37 at Amazon.
Save your fingers with the Pinchpruner garden pruning tool, which easily slides over two fingers to turn your hands into pruning machines. Perfect for deadheading, cutting, snipping and of course, pinching.
Pinchpruner Garden Pruners, $18 at Amazon.
You’ve spent all summer meticulously weeding, pruning, watering, fertilizing, and massaging (no judgement) your plants and now the cold weather is ready to snatch away their last breath. Don’t lose your plants to Frosty. Instead, bring them inside in a pot, which won’t ruin your floors thanks to these trivets designed specifically for pots, probably by someone who had their floors ruined.
Modern Sprouts Plant Trivets, $40 at Indigo.
You ain’t nothing but a Garden Hound Dog, weeding all the time. Thankfully, your back and hands won’t notice the time you’ve spent in the garden thanks to the Hound Dog Original Weed Hound, which enables gardeners to weed without breaking their backs. And hands. And wrists. Gardening is a contact sport. The Garden Hound comes with an easy foot step and durable steel construction that will last for many spring seasons to come.
Hound Dog Original Weed Hound, $24 at Canadian Tire.
The Palram Lean-To Grow House turns the side of your house into a tropical oasis. The 8 ft x 4 ft structure has twin wall roof panels, crystal clear panels, an adjustable roof vent, and a durable galvanized base.
Palram, $966 at The Bay.
Gardening is tough on your nails. Fight back with the Garden Genie Gloves, which turn you into the Wolverine of gardening. Waterproof and flexible, these gloves allow you to dig, plant, rake, and more while keeping your hands looking like you spent the day inside.
Garden Genie Gloves, $5 at Amazon.
Make throwing out weeds, leaves, grass clippings and more easy on your back, hands and wrists with the NuVue Yard Scoop. The padded scoop lays flat to collect waste and can be folded to easily carry items to a trash bin. The scoop keeps your hands clean and your garden looking flawless.
NuVue Yard Scoop, $13 at Canadian Tire.