Whether you’re working with only a patio or 10 acres, you can always make a garden of some kind, and there's no time like the present to begin. Gardening is a fun hobby, and if you're successful, you'll have your own beautiful flowers and nutritious vegetables right at your fingertips.You'll also learn how to grow your own food and become more self-reliant. If you're new to gardening, there are kits and tools that can help you learn the basics no matter where you live or how much space you have. With that in mind, we've put together a list of 10 of the best items to buy if you're ready to get started, all of which come highly approved by experienced gardeners.
Best Overall: UKOKE Garden Tool Set
You can't have a garden without a good set of tools. Fortunately, the UKOKE Garden Tool Set, which usually sells for under $40, has everything you need to get started. The 12-piece set comes with a cast aluminum alloy trowel, spade, rake, weeder and cultivator, kneeling pad, waterproof apron, pruners, sheers, gloves, a spray bottle and more. Not only is it a great deal, but gardeners who have purchased it say the tools are sturdy and high-quality, and they last for a long time. If you happen to know someone else who is ready to start gardening, this set could also make a great gift.
Best Value: Garden Genie Gloves With Claws
At first glance, the Garden Genie Gloves with Claws look like part of a Halloween costume, but they're actually one of the best tools you can have for your garden, according to those who own them. Not only do they protect your hands, but you can use the claws for digging, planting, loosening soil and removing weeds. It's like having gardening gloves and tools all in one, and they typically cost around $10. The gloves are waterproof, puncture-resistant and come with a lifetime guarantee. Those who own them love how much time — and money — they save.
Best for Gardening Indoors: Garden Republic Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit
If you don't have a yard or patio where you can create a garden, you can still grow some herbs from your windowsill or balcony with the Garden Republic Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit. This amazing kit allows you to grow non-GMO heirloom parsley, cilantro, thyme and basil without leaving your home. Those who've purchased it say it contains everything you need to quickly grow plants from the comfort of your own home, and it makes a great gift as well. Reviewers also love having these plants on hand for cooking with fresh ingredients.
Best Seed Starting Kit: MIXC Humidity Adjustable Plant Starter Kit
Many people choose to start their seeds indoors and let them grow until the threat of cold weather has passed. If you like this method, consider trying the MIXC Humidity Adjustable Plant Starter Kit. It's like a tiny greenhouse for your plants. One package comes with 10 of everything you need to start your seeds, including labels. Those who have purchased this seed starting kit love that they can watch their plants grow through the clear tops as well as the size and quality of the trays.
Best Potting Bench: Yaheetech Outdoor Garden Potting Bench
Whether you garden in your yard or on your patio, it's always nice to have a workspace for potting plants and other gardening tasks. The Yaheetech Outdoor Garden Potting Bench is one of the best options on the market. Made from 100 percent fir wood, it's quite sturdy, and the large metal work surface is spacious and won't corrode. It features shelves, a drawer, a cabinet and tool hangers for storage. The color also matches almost any outdoor furniture you may already have on hand. Those who have purchased it say it's easy to put together, durable and can be used for other purposes, such as grilling, when it's not gardening season.
Best for Comfort: Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat
It's true that gardening is great exercise, but it can also be hard work and tough on your body. Add some comfort to your new hobby with the Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat. It doubles as a kneeling pad and chair, which allows you to use it at different heights. It also has detachable garden tool pockets, and it's easy to fold for storage when you're not using it. A favorite with older gardeners or those with health issues, reviewers say it’s easy to use and move from place to place.
Best Vertical Garden: 5-Tier Strawberry and Herb Garden Planter
If you don't have much space, a vertical garden like the 5-Tier Strawberry and Herb Garden Planter is perfect for growing more than you would ever imagine. You can grow 20 plants in one 12-inch space by stacking these planters on top of each other, with plants like strawberries and herbs being ideal. Gardeners who have purchased the planters love how little assembly is required and how many you can stack into even the smallest of spaces. The low price and the fact that many plants seem to grow quickly in these vertical pots are also selling points.
Best Seed Collection: Seed Needs Bulk Package of 1,000+ Seeds
Above all else, you need seeds to start a garden, and one of the best seed collections is the Seed Needs Bulk Package of 1,000+ Seeds. Not only is it a great deal, but sunflowers are a great choice for adding beauty to your garden and food to your pantry. They also attract birds and other pollinators if you're growing other flowers, fruits or vegetables. This particular collection of seeds features over 15 varieties of sunflowers, and gardeners who have planted them have not been disappointed. They say the flowers grow tall, offer up bold colors and turn their gardens into real showplaces.
Best Gift for Gardeners: Plant Theatre Funky Veg KIT Gift Box
The Plant Theatre Funky Veg KIT Gift Box is the perfect gift if someone you know wants to try their hand at gardening, but you may want to buy one for yourself, too. The kit comes with biodegradable pots, expanding peat discs, plant markers, growing tips and more so that you can grow unusual plants like purple carrots, yellow courgettes, striped tomatoes, red Brussels sprouts and multi-colored Swiss chard. Those who have purchased the kit say the directions are easy to follow, and it grows an abundant amount of vegetables. Reviewers loved the exotic colors and flavors.
Best Raised Beds: King Bird Galvanized Steel Garden Bed
Many people choose to garden in raised beds rather than directly in the ground because it reduces soil compaction and keeps weeds and pests at bay. If you want to experiment with raised beds, the King Bird Galvanized Steel Garden Bed can be a great addition to your yard. The bed comes with eight tags, a pair of gardening gloves and a two-year warranty from the company. The two-ply reinforced card frame makes it sturdy and durable. Gardeners who use these beds love that they're quick to assemble and lightweight, making them easy to move around the yard. They also love how nice they look in practically any setting.