12 Essential Gardening Tools for Beginner and Advanced Gardeners

I love garden tools…so much so that I probably have about 40 in my shed right now. But as a beginner, you only need about 3 – a cutting tool, digging tool, and watering tool. As you expand your garden, you may want to get into long-handled tools or specialty tools, so I’ve also included those in this video. At the end, a bit of a bonus on how I sharpen my tools to keep them working for years and years.

0:00 – Intro
0:53 – Hand Pruners
2:43 – Trowel / Hori Hori
3:49 – Watering Tools
5:42 – Shovel
8:22 – Wheelbarrow and Fork
10:09 – Oscillating Hoe
12:14 – Loppers
13:41 – Bonus Tools and Sharpening

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50 Comments

  1. Chris on April 3, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Since i ditched edged raised beds, got myself tools to work the soil and to weed. Much quicker than pulling every weed by hand.
    My set of essential tools:
    cutter mattock for deep decompaction and also useful for digging out bushes etc
    3 tine cultivator for regular decompaction/weeding/de-crusting between rows
    1 tine cultivator for fine weeding work between plants
    soil tilther and soil prep rake to make and maintain rows before planting. the back of the rake is actually useful, unlike those cheap and heavy rakes.
    secateurs mainly for cutting woody stems
    medium size snips that do most of the cutting and trimming of plants
    planting knife, which can dig planting holes or to cut off tough thick stems like cabbage
    syphon injection system. i just have the hose connecting kind for now. sure beats mixing fertilizer and carrying one watering can at a time.

    with a well chosen set of tools and methods, you have more time to do what’s most important, keep new plant starts coming and keep them moist. also keep garden clean of debree and sick plants etc. Keep a bucket each for green and non-green rubbish collection.
    might sound like a lot of work but is not. each job is done efficiently. no more wasting time making composts, collecting and chopping compost materials, or making silly potions of unknown nutritional efficacy.

  2. Laurel Cook on April 3, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    My mom bought me these adorable mini shovels and rakes for my birthday (they are literally the size of a pencil) and I use them even though it’s not practical because they are so cute.

  3. David Mason on April 3, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Like your pick of tools. I think you need to do some research on shovels though.

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  5. ProHortiCo on April 3, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    You need to keep all square spades sharp… NOTHING replaces that in my landscape business… NOTHING. It is the best digging shovel when sharp, it has the best control of all shovels. Only use a round point shovel when moving bulk gravel once in awhile!

  6. Country Torres on April 3, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    You hit one million

  7. Jayson Castillo on April 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Congrats, Kevin for reaching 1M milestone!
    Galing 🙌🏻 😎🍻

  8. MADELINE WILLIAMS on April 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I just love this show, I have learned so much 🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. Delta source on April 3, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    can you do a video on how to recognize things like nitrogen deficiencies

  10. Gardening is Cool with the Rutabaga Man on April 3, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Love the recommendations. Depending on someones specific conditions I might recommend a machete, a pointed grub hoe, and a muck bucket. Strand me on a deserted island with some seeds and those are the basic tools I would want in that order 🙂

  11. Sunshine Always on April 3, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the video! Do you have a suggestion on a manual soil turner? Or, do you not turn your soil before planting? I have a ton of earthworms and hate to dig into the soil and kill them. But, someone told me turning the soil is essential to a successful garden. I don’t want a gas or electric powered one. I am an organic gardener.

  12. Alyn Cook on April 3, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Went to a volunteer camp for teens. There was a distinct lack of tools for ground clearing. Really wish I had that folding saw, but *sigh* my 4 knives did well enough. Had to sharpen them after though.

  13. Daniel C. on April 3, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    One of my favorite gardening tool is an old screwdriver I found in the garage after we bought our house. It’s long and sturdy and I use it to remove weeds from my garden. I also use it to dig in and loosen up the soil when I am planting small new plants. Awesome video and great tools from Corona!

  14. EARTHYGECKO Plays on April 3, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Please can you make a video for beginners. Like I have no idea what mulch is or how gardening works.

  15. bradley homer on April 3, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Kevin, new to gardening and concerned about soil contamination (particularly from wooden or rusty planters). Any advice or thoughts on this? Love the channel by the way, great content : )

  16. Kim Williams on April 3, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Great garden videos 👍 please feel free to check out my brother Wayne his garden utube channel ThePlantaholic capital T and P his head Gardner holitcualrist at Birmingham botanical gardens UK

  17. Chi LEUNG on April 3, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    One million! YAYYYY! Congrats!

  18. Ann Dempsey on April 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Anvil pruners only for dead wood like branches or canes.

  19. Larrissa Lopez on April 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Hello I had a question. How do you get rid of gnats in outdoor potted plants

  20. David H513 on April 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I’m loving the pumpkin on the pedestal… I have no idea why

  21. daph on April 3, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Hi! I am new to this channel and I was wondering if you sell the vegetable/fruit you produce or is it just for yourself?

    Also do you have a video explaining the layout of your garden ? I see you have plants directly on the soil and others are elevated.

  22. Richard Foshee on April 3, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    The reason that wheelbarrows have a single wheel is for the sheer maneuverability of moving a heavy load to exactly where it’s supposed to go. Sure, two wheels help with balance — which can easily be fixed by properly loading the barrow from the start — but they also double the rolling resistance of the wheelbarrow itself which will make heavier loads heavier to move.

  23. Yeah Kim on April 3, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    You need to try Homi… It can DIG..!

  24. My heart is in the mountains on April 3, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I wish I could send you some of my leaves. I have four monster maple trees and it takes me like six hours at least once sometimes twice in the fall to rake them to the curb. Luckily the town crew picks them up. I saved a little and put on my garden. Just need bags of composted manure on top now. 🖤
    Hey I just noticed you’re almost to 1 mil! How exciting!!

  25. radosvetav on April 3, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I don’t see western gardeners use this tool, we call it motika and it looks like this https://images.app.goo.gl/8X5dGfseKLbuv7ia6, and it’s so essential around here, it does the job of a shovel, a rake and one of those back-and-forth thingies. My grandparents literally do 98% of their gardening only with a motika and a spade, and some pruning shears.

  26. Onion the Millionaire Trader on April 3, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I just realised you have the same raised beds as “self sufficient me” !

  27. BrianPaden on April 3, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    If you sharpen the leading edge of your round tip shovel it makes it a giant horihori. It also helps a ton digging through roots or clay

  28. Latasha Mendoza on April 3, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Every time I watch your videos, I think of Property Brothers. You sound just like them.

  29. Jerry Jiang on April 3, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Almost I mil subs

  30. Werf TV on April 3, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I use a machete instead of pruners.. lol

  31. Teresa B on April 3, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you, you are awesome!!!wow your dragon fruit are beautiful 🌻☃️🥑💜

  32. TheBestUsername on April 3, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    One tip *I* have to share: I really love stainless steel tools. I’m, if I’m honest, kind of lazy and careless, at times, so I absolutely love having tools that don’t need to be babied, that can never rust no matter what.
    Fully stainless steel tools don’t necessarily cost that much either, which I was pleasantly surprised by.
    Definitely a worthwhile investment, if you ask me.

  33. Expedition Happiness on April 4, 2021 at 12:01 am

    we are starting next week. cant wait.

  34. Josh Horton on April 4, 2021 at 12:02 am

    What if i have a really long but skinny garden what would you do to water that if you dont have time to water by hand

  35. That Gardener on April 4, 2021 at 12:04 am

    hey you missed gloves and bucket! i know its obvious ones but probably the gold for every gardener.

  36. Charles Ayache on April 4, 2021 at 12:06 am

    You just need prunning sheers, a hoe, some kind of shovel, a green house, a lot of seeds from your own consumption’s vegetables and that’s all. No need to push for consumption an consequently pollution.

  37. ReefMimic on April 4, 2021 at 12:06 am

    #1 tool is a good hat that blocks light on all sides. A washable one because it’s going to get stanky.

    #2 a gorilla cart with 4 wheels instead of the basic wheel barrel.Easy to pull and dump things out. You don’t have to balance it either. Super convenient

  38. M Panchuk on April 4, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Your growing a dragon fruit??? OH! How I wished I lived in California and not Saskatchewan

  39. Butterfly Whisperer on April 4, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I’m happy to see I’m not the only person who still has a pumpkin around. 😂

  40. Louie Pierce on April 4, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Gophers, have you had to battle these yet? They are very destructive, if you have any tips to deal them that would be great, thanks.

  41. Star X on April 4, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Is it just me or the fact that the name is corona is really weird I was watching his videos after hearing about bill gates and the new world order, I wanted to start growing my own veg but what the hell corona seriously. I don’t believe in coincidences like this🧐🥴 love your videos otherwise though

  42. Ms C on April 4, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I live in an area with extremely hard water, does anyone have experience with garden hose water filters? Would it be necessary/worth it?

  43. J C King on April 4, 2021 at 12:12 am

    (Bypass tools are for live tissue, so they don’t crush it; anvils are for dead ones, no worries about crushing).

  44. Rawr Forever on April 4, 2021 at 12:16 am

    not so sexy rust

  45. Seb Mouton on April 4, 2021 at 12:17 am

    About the last tip, in the words of Chef Jacques Pepin, blade edges are made of teeth, so when you use your knife, the teeth get out of whack. You are not sharpening the blade, you’re keeping it sharp by re-aligning the teeth. Eventually, the teeth get worn out and you need a grinding stone (coarse, medium, fine…) and spend some time to groove in new teeth.

    One of my best tools: a notebook. Everytime I think I’ll remember…

  46. RizuChan on April 4, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Hey Kevin, would love to know where you got that hori hori trowel!!! Been looking for one online but without much luck… 🥲

  47. ProHortiCo on April 4, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Love that massive wheelbarrow! And the stirrup hoe is definitely irreplaceable too… FYI – since buying a silky 13” professional pruning saw, I haven’t touched my loppers (and I do professional arboriculture work).

  48. The Enigmatrix on April 4, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Not a tool question, but my sister-in-law told me that you can’t grow new vegetation in soil that tomatoes once grew in, due to a chemical the tomato plants secrete into the soil. Is that true?

  49. Rochele Roden on April 4, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Love the new homestead! Can you please make a video about the moon trellis… I’m assuming you made it?… Thanks!

  50. kalynn wheeler on April 4, 2021 at 12:24 am

    How do find the raised beds that you use and sell?

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