If you have ever considered growing your own food or tending to livestock, there are certain simple farm and garden tools that you’ll need.
Below are different types of farm tools and their uses. Every single one of these items would greatly impact the productivity of your farm or garden. Combined, there just may be no stopping you.
A composter will help you to create organic matter which can be used in your garden or farm fields instead of using the same materials to just fill up your trash bags.
Compost is made up of organic kitchen waste and yard waste that decomposes to produce compost, which is useful to fertilize the soil.
Compost piles are used by gardeners or other people who want to grow their own food. It is both less expensive and arguably healthier than buying fertilizer or other chemicals elsewhere.
2. Electric Tools
Just about any power tool, there is, comes in an electric (rather than gas) version.
These are generally, but not always, less powerful than their gas counterparts. However, the bonus of not having to have gas on hand, mix gas with oil, or deal with leaks is often priceless.
Almost every job needed to be done on a farm is a lot easier with these power tools, and as long as you have an electrical outlet nearby, electric tools may be your answer.
These (circular saw, drill, driver, etc.) are as helpful as a farmhand but you do not have to pay them.
3. Hand Tools
Tools used for farming that are not powered by electricity or gas. For example:
- Your standard hammer
- Locking pliers
These are priceless.
They will work during a power outage. They will work when gas is not available. They will save you every time you need them, as long as you know how to use them.
4. Fencing Tools
Have you ever tried to dig post holes by hand? If so, your back can probably attest to what a labor-intensive endeavor that is.
Whether farming or gardening, fences, and tools such as fence pliers and fence testers are a must-have.
Farmers usually want to keep animals inside the fence. Gardeners usually want to keep animals outside of their gardens.
Rabbits and deer can eat all of your hard work in about five minutes flat, so it is very beneficial to put up a fence to keep them away from your produce.
Gloves are things every farmer needs. Take a look at the hands of any old farmer or gardener who did not take care to wear gloves and you will be inspired to go get yourself a pair right now.
Wrinkles, calluses, sun spots, even skin cancer will probably be written all over their flesh.
While some people view this as a badge of honor to showcase a life hard-lived and a living hard-earned, it is not good for your health.
In addition to wearing gloves, it is also good practice to regularly scrub your hands and apply hand lotion just to keep things smooth.
Pruners are scissors-like farmer tools meant to trim small limbs, plants, and stalks. Rather than ruin your kitchen scissors by overworking them get a pair of pruners.
The same, but opposite, can be said about an axe. Why use an ax to trim your rose bush when pruners would be so much easier?
Yes, the ax can do it, but it will probably lead to the death of your rose bush and possibly also yourself if you are not careful. Just use pruners.
A trowel, or small handheld shovel, is invaluable for a wide array of chores, from digging small holes to planting bulbs to picking up dog poop while keeping your hands clean.
Remember to wear your gloves while doing any of these activities for the utmost protection.
8. Watering Gears
Watering cans, garden hoses, troughs — all are key to aiding in farming and gardening. After all, all crops, plants, and animals need water in order to grow and survive.
You simply have to get them water, and these simple devices are your best, most efficient, and cost-effective way to do so.
Do not skimp when picking out your watering gear and you will not regret it when it comes time to water the flowers.
While technically a hand tool, shovels are so necessary that they deserve their own feature in this article.
Imagine you need to dig a hole. You need a shovel! Or what if one of your goats dies? Certainly, you must bury her before the stench overcomes the acreage and attracts predators, not to mention the flies.
It is unlikely that you have a piece of heavy equipment unless you are a big operation, so get your shovel and start digging. Rest in peace.
10. Garden Fork
A garden fork, also known as a digging fork, is just what the doctor ordered when it comes time to take the compost out of your composter and spread it around the garden.
In addition to that, garden forks are ideal for breaking up clumps of dirt and aerating the soil. Both of these are tasks that no one especially likes to do but are necessary for the success of your farm or garden.
Rakes and hoes come in handy time and time again. If you live in an area with deciduous trees, you will be raking and raking every fall. A rake is also good for heaping or leveling debris from your soil.
Hoes are great for weeding and working the soil, no matter how acidic or moist. It’s also an excellent tool for making seed furrows and can easily reach across beds.
Once again just as useful as a farmhand but without having to pay benefits, wheelbarrows are common tools used by farmers.
Remember that dead goat? How do you think it will get into the grave you dug with the shovel?
That’s right—unless you have heavy equipment or a whole lot of friends, you will have to get her into the wheelbarrow and wheel her over to her final resting place.
It sure beats carrying her, especially since some goats can weigh over a hundred pounds.
You may have not heard of dibbers before, so thankfully you are reading this article. They are wooden, farming hand tools that resemble a carrot.
The purpose of these is to effectively drill a hole into the dirt so that you can insert seeds, bulbs, or anything else you are trying to hide.
They have markings on them like a ruler so you can see just exactly how deep your hole is. Hole depth is very important to some species.
15. Digging Spade
A digging spade is similar to a trowel, only with a more pointed tip. This will come in handy if you are digging through especially hard or dry soil.
They also can be used to protect yourself during fights if you do not have access to a better weapon. Damage can be done with digging spades, especially in the hands of those with great strength.
16. Garden Knife
Another set of invaluable tools for getting through especially hard soil are garden knives. These hand tools for farming generally resemble putty knives or those with very wide blades.
Very dry soil is often hard to dig through and garden knives will make all the difference to both you and the soil that you are trying to burrow in to.
17. Bib Overalls
The pockets, the protection, they style…do you need another reason to get yourself a pair?
If you don’t like bib overalls, an apron is a great solution to keep your gardening clothes clean. It’s also flexible as it gives more ability to carry around small planting tools.
While sprayers are widely utilized on commercial farms to apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers on crops, they are needed on organic farms, too.
They come in various sizes and are used for water projection, to kill weeds, and protect crops from pests and diseases.
20. Miscellaneous Items (Suspenders, Lights, etc.)
Miscellaneous items such as outdoor lights, a cattle prod, a good pair of suspenders, or even sunglasses will help you greatly in your quest to become a decent farmer or gardener.
Spare no expense when stocking up on these miscellaneous goods. Aside from having to store them when they are not in use, there is no downside to having quite the selection of these types of things.
21. Riding and Driving Animals (Mules, Donkeys, etc.)
If you have the means and the room, a team of mules or donkeys can help your farm or garden. A larger operation would, of course, get more use out of the beasts of burden .