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Choosing Equipment for Container Gardening

How to choose gardening tools and equipment you will need if you want to grow crops in containers

 

Gardening Tools

Jump to:-   Must Have  |  Helpful Additions  |  If you have the money  

The equipment you will need for growing edible crops in containers will partly depend on what you are planning to grow.  There are some items which will be essential, some which would be handy and some which whilst not necessary, may make certain tasks much easier.

To separate the wheat from the chaff we've divided possible equipment into three categories: Must Have's, Helpful Additions, If you have the Money.

NB   This section only deals with equipment and compost. For information about compost, fertilisers and chemicals visit our Resources section. For a complete list of garden tools and equipment including a description of their uses, visit the List of Tools & Equipment page where you can also buy most of the equipment listed through Amazon.

Must Have

These are the very basics without which you will have difficulty growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers in pots. Click on the pictures for a larger view of each item. If you are planning on growing fruit trees or crops in hanging baskets, you will need extra items listed in the "helpful additions" section below.

Various ContainersContainers - from traditional flower pots to specialist strawberry pots: wood, plastic, terracotta, stone, metal: unusual shapes: small and large. You can even use unwanted household items such as old wellington boots - so long as you can put drainage holes in it, you can use it as a planting container. Don't forget growbags.

 
Hand Fork and Towel
Hand fork & trowel 
Stones
Crocks or Stones
Compost
Compost
Gardening Gloves
Gardening Gloves
Canes and Sticks
Canes and Sticks
Watering Can
Watering Can 
Garden Kneeling Cushion
Kneeling Cushion
Labels
Weatherproof Labels
       

 

 

Helpful Additions

Although the above items will allow you to get on with most jobs on a patio, terrace or balcony, the following items will either make life a lot easier or enable you to broaden your general gardening skills or the types of crops you grow, especially if you have lots of pots and containers.

  Hanging Baskets
Seed pots and trays
Seed pots and trays
Pruners
Secateurs & Pruners
Hosepipe and sprinkler system
Hose/Sprinkler
Garden Dibber
Dibber
Hanging Baskets
Baskets
Basket Liners
Basket Liners
Garden Trug
Garden Trug/Basket
Plant Ties
Plant Ties
Garden Sprayer
Sprayer
  Bracket
Hanging Brackets
Water Gel
Water Retention Gel

If you've got the money (and space)

The following items are not absolutely necessary and some can set you back a pretty penny however, they open up all sorts of possibilities and make life even easier.

Electric Seed Propagator
Electric Indoor
Propagator
Cold Frames
Cold
Frame
             

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