Tools on this list are available at local garden centers and thrift stores, or you may decide to accept donated tools for your giving garden.
Hand Digging Tools
Buy quality steel, not plastic
2 Pointed Shovels tall and short
1 Steel Bow Rake
4 Hand Trowels
6 child size trowels
1 Cultivator (claw)
1 Cultivator Hoe (50 inch triangular)
(1) 41 inch Spading Fork (short handled pitch fork for breaking ground or spreading mulch)
Larger Equipment for Garden
Small Tiller (gas or battery) rent, borrow, or purchase $400.00
Sturdy hand held sprayer 1-2 gallon (note: The $10.00 variety does not last, so you'll want to invest in good quality)
Wheelbarrow (non-inflatable tires)
Adjustable metal garden hose nozzle
Brute Trash Can (10 gallon)
(3) 5 gallon plastic buckets with lids to store fertilizer and soil amendments.
Necessary Garden Supplies
Storage area/shed for all equipment
2 Hand Pruners
1 Galvanized metal 5 quart pail
6 Pairs Garden Gloves (nitrile coated last longer)
6 Garden hats or baseball caps (thrift store)
1 Garden Hose 50-100 feet depending on size of garden
1 Garden hose timer attaches to spigot
1 plastic watering can (2 gallon)
Set of plastic measuring spoons and cups
2 pairs of scissors
Helpful Items to Have Nearby
First aid kit
Insect repellent spray
30 Gallon garbage bags
Kleenex, paper towels
Kneeling pad or kneeling bench
Calendar, notebook and pen to record plantings, fertilizing, disease/pest control and harvest dates
Prevent spreading plant disease.
Sterilize garden tools in areas that touch ground or plant.
Method 1: Isopropyl Alcohol (70%-100%) to wipe, spray or dip.
Method 2: Soak tool for 30 minutes in 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water.
Tip: Tools may be donated by volunteers or local businesses
Have a "Build the Giving Garden Party/Shower"
Let your local garden center know about your giving garden. They may offer you reduced prices on plants or perhaps save the end of the season seeds for you to have for free!