Some 6-7 month’s back, as a newbie to gardening, i spent quite a bit of time and effort in trying to figure out things i needed to buy to start my garden. Along with what to buy, where to buy also was a very important question, for which i needed answers.
Things that needs to be purchased to start a garden will vary widely based on individual’s need. In this post i would like to share my experience in buying gardening tools.
In the beginning i would suggest to take a minimalistic approach towards buying of gardening tools. Take your own time in figuring out what you really need and what you can do without. The more number of items you add, the more time & space they will demand from you.
I started with this very basic tool (on the right side of pic below) costing me some 60-70 Rs. This tool is almost enough for container gardening, or so i thought until i had to deal with ploughing soil in my garden after removing patches of lawn.
Then I badly felt the need for a little long handled plough which will make it easier to dig and prepare the soil. So, i got the one which you see to the left your pic below. This one also cost around Rs. 60-70/-.
Those two were almost enough for me until i decided last weekend to add few more tools to make my job easier.
Chickpet has been my favorite shopping place for such items. You get really good stuff there for a very reasonable price unlike most other places in Bangalore.
So, here is what i shopped over last weekend.
I got shear hedge from what is probably the first big brand shop i came across for agricultural tools. They stock products from TATA AGRICO only and have a wide variety of tools with them. I needed this one badly for cutting my lawn grass. A word of caution though, this one is pretty bulky and go for it only if you are ready to physically exhaust yourself handling this.
cost Rs. 330/-
Next is this ploughing tool.
This one is a instant hit. It makes ploughing lot easier and is pretty easy to handle. Cost Rs.140/-.
I also got this sprinkler for Rs. 110/- .It works pretty decent upto a radius of 6 ft (the radius will also depend on water pressure). The plastic is not of very great quality but then looking at the price i feel it’s ok.
Next on my shopping list was a seed starting tray. The plastic glasses i have been using till now for seed starting have been very good except for one problem. Keeping there size in mind i have always been putting more than one seed in each of the glasses. When multiple seeds germinate in the same glass its troublesome to separate them while transplanting.
Cost Rs. 25/-
On this shopping trip I also came across the street which is famous for having the most number of seed shops in one locality. This locality is near to Majestic Bus Stop. Probably it’s easier to locate the famous Sapna Book Shop and then this seed market is just down the lane from there.
Few of my gardening enthusiasts friends have been suggesting me to collate information on good nurseries,seeds shops and gardening tool shops and put it on my blog. So, I am starting this new page on my blog where i’ll put up information on all such resources that i come across including the ones I have mentioned today in this post.
If you too know of a good resource please feel free to contribute to this page.