Garden tools every backyard homesteader should have; in my humble opinion. Now you could survey a 100 backyard vegetable gardeners and they’re each going to give you a different list of garden tools. But these are the garden tools that I have found the most helpful and necessary to my backyard homestead garden.
Shovels – I know, shovels seems like a pretty obvious garden tool but not all shovels are created equal to each task. You’re going to want a trowel for your planting, mixing soil for pots, etc. You might want yours to have measurements on it for precise seed sowing depths. But you’ll also want large digging shovels for bigger jobs. I have a pointed and a flat shovel in my gardening tools. Your pointed shovel will help you dig holes, loosen soil and cut through roots as needed. The flat shovel will be your go-to for scooping materials around the garden and yard. For more about shovels see 8 Types of Shovels Everyone Should Know.
Pruners – A good, sharp, pair of hand pruners is an important gardening tool for any serious backyard farmer. You’ll need these for cutting stems, small branches, plants like tomatoes, peppers and so much more! Be sure to treat them well and keep them sharp – they just may outlive you if you do!