Garden tools for beginners: 10 essentials to kick-start your green-fingered journey

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Spring is here and with it the urge to get out into our gardens and start potting and planting.

For months and months we’ve had to look at flower-less plants and colourless beds but now is the time when the green-fingered among us come into our own.

Whether you have flower boxes, a concrete patio or a sprawling expanse of green, you can get down with the dirt and plant (or pot) flowers and all manner of exciting seeds and buds.

However, you can’t do it alone. As every gardener worth their soil knows you need a few tools in your kit to help you along the way.

From kneeling pads to protect your joints to a good pair of gloves to protect your hands, we’ve rounded up everything you might need to grow your garden into a paradise of green.

All the garden tools you need to get going

Burgon & Ball Kneelo Flora and Fauna Kneeler | £19.99 from John Lewis & Partners

It’s inevitable that you’ll spend a lot of time kneeling down when gardening, so protect your joints (and your clothes) with this gardener’s essential: a kneeling pad.

This decorative version from John Lewis is particularly padded and long-lasting.

Challenge Carbon Steel Digging Fork | £8 from Argos

This challenge digging fork is designed for breaking up soil, aerating lawns and turning compost. It makes moving soil and creating space to plant a lot easier and less time-consuming.

Burgon & Ball 'Dig The Glove' Gardening Glove | £14.99 from John Lewis & Partners

Roses are beautiful but as the saying goes, they also have thorns. Keep your hands clean and scratch-free with these puncture-proof leather gloves.

Reusable Garden Waste Refuse Bag | £2.39 from eBay

This showerproof bag is ideal for use in the garden for the disposal of leaves, grass cuttings, weeds and other general garden refuse. Trust us, leaves get heavier than you might think when en mass.

Natures Haven Easy Wildflower Seeds | £19.99 from Marshalls

Simply scatter and water with this seed starter kit. A 4kg pack contains mixed wildflower seeds, including a variety of flowers including cornflowers, corn marigolds, ox-dye daisies and corn poppies.

Strata Plastic Watering Can | £6 from Sainsbury’s

Garden hoses can be fiddly to maneuver and are more likely to spray you in the face than the flowerbeds. So, every gardener needs a watering can to help them keep things growing.

Spinach Seeds | £1.69 from Waitrose

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Now is a brilliant time to start growing your own vegetables. They’re cost-effective, rich in nutrients and mean you can just nip out into your garden when hunger strikes.

Radius Pro Shovel | £44.99 from Robert Dyas

Hardcore gardeners won’t do better than this three-piece garden set. If you’re serious about getting your garden in ship shape than these spades and fork will serve you will.

Kew Gardens Razorsharp Bypass Secateur with Ergo Twist Handle | £23.49 from John Lewis & Partners

Dead-head plants and clip back branches with these sturdy secateurs. They can also be used to harvest garden produce, such as large vegetables (with thick stalks, such as pumpkins) and fruits such as grapes and peaches.

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