If you are reading this, I guess you are a garden enthusiast. More and more people have started doing gardening as a hobby. Even for those who are not living in tropical countries, it has begun to become a favorite.
Gardening is said to help an individual feel relaxed and more connected to nature. This “being one with the earth” thing could help enhance your mental well-being if nurtured properly.
Some people think that it is a boring thing to spend their precious time on. These people who seem to think to talk to plants and to groom them is ridiculous don’t treat it as an individual task. But for those who have come to love it, there is a certain sense of fulfillment to it.
It is not just some plain pastime. It is being treated as an outlet for de-stressing and self-reflection. Sounds amazing, right? Well, it requires some hard work too, especially if you are starting with a bare land with no equipment to back you up.
Some different guides all over the Internet could help you start from scratch. These informative guides will tell you what types of lands are perfect for the kind of plants you will cultivate. You can also find tips and suggestions for picking the right gardening tools, which is a rather crucial step.
What I will be sharing will tell you about the same things. If you haven’t been entirely convinced to start gardening, this post might just be the one to change your mind.
There’s so much to discuss gardening, but for this post specifically, we’ll concentrate on picking the right tools. Have you ever heard of using a kukri? Let me tell you all about it and more.
Garden Tools 101
Gardening requires tools and equipment that can be used to manage soil and plants. Such tools can be as basic and light as scissors and can be as heavy as lawn mowers. Picking the right one depends entirely on the kind of space you will be working on, of course.
For starters, the standard tools you will need and their uses are the following (Source: https://www.gardendesign.com/how-to/tools.html):
- Gloves – This is a must for gardening because, apparently, you will be getting your hands dirty. If you’re specifically going to deal with plants and flowers that are thorny or have splinters, you will need these.
- Trowels – This tool, which is usually made of stainless steel, can be used to dig out soil more quickly. If there are weeds around your growing plants, you can also use this to pull them out.
There are hand towels that you can purchase as a beginner. Once you get the hang of gardening and want it bigger, you can buy a bigger one.
- Rake – I’m pretty sure you have seen your mom or some neighbor sweep out leaves with a rake. It is a rather familiar tool in your backyard. You will need this to explain your soil of anything unnecessary in planting.
- Water hose – Obviously, you will need this to water your plants. Watering them will be the only way to cultivate them properly, regardless of its variety in species.
If your garden is a bit far from your water outlet, consider purchasing a longer hose or an extension hose. However, if you want to push through with this as a hobby, you better have a more convenient water outlet.
- Wheelbarrow – This will come in handy if you have a large land to work on. It will help you transport soil or plants and even smaller tools. This way, you will no longer have to carry huge bags or sacks of compost on your back.
There are many other tools on the list. However, they may be specific to the type of plants you want, to begin with. To figure out which ones are the best for your needs and preferences, learn more about the sowing basics.
Garden knives are also among essential gardening tools that you need aside from those on the list above. Kukri is a knife that is originally made from Nepal. It can be used as both a weapon and a tool.
A kukri is usually double-bladed and too sharp to be used for everyday work. This is why very few people know it can be used for gardening too.
According to itmygarden.com, this knife has become familiar to knife collectors all over the world. They use it as a survival gear for adventures and quests in the forests and the mountains.
Believe it or not, some people use heavy duty knives just to cut out weeds growing on the yard. Particularly for those who live in a house that is built in the middle of grasslands, people trim their plants with katanas.
The thing is, it can be scary even for the gardener to use these weapons. These knives are not so typical for a supposed light work like gardening. But since we cannot force a knife enthusiast to stop using them, let’s keep in mind some safety tips.
Gardening with Knives and Safety
It is necessary to know the proper handling of kukri knives to maintain security. Some tips include keeping a belt scabbard where you can easily slip the knife in when not in use.
Some expert villagers, however, do not mind just carrying it with a sash primarily built for holding it. As for convenience, you need to keep the belt or sash at waist level. This will be the most convenient way to handle it during your gardening duties. This way, it won’t have to be too difficult drawing it out.
So, are you feeling up for this “forest ranger” look with a kukri knife while you start gardening? Read more about these knives in the next articles.