12 Essential Container Gardening Tools to Have

Last Updated on July 1, 2020 by Daniel Cooper

Essential Container Gardening Tools to Have: Regardless of what you are going to plant in your container, there are a number of garden tools that will facilitate this task. Choose the best with our overview of container garden tools.

Essential Container Gardening Tools to Have

Essential Container Gardening Tools to Have

As a rule, the inventory for ordinary and mobile gardens is interchangeable, but for containers usually use more compact models. So what are the most essential tools for container gardening?

1. Garden Gloves

Garden gloves are an essential accessory: thanks to them, your hands will not be chapped, and your nails will not get a black rim of dirt. For more delicate plants such as lettuce and herbs, thin, tight-fitting gloves are better.

It is better to buy denser models for pinching tomatoes, fussing with cucumbers and peppers, but with increased tactile sensitivity -bamboo fiber gloves with an embossed latex coating on the fingers and palms.

Velcro closure on the wrist will prevent the earth, pollen, or particles of the plant from getting into the glove. If you have sensitive or allergic skin, you should buy garden gloves with elongated cuffs.

2. Watering Cans

Watering cans are the most common inventory to water your vegetables and flowers. It is better to choose a model with a long narrow nose, classic or in the form of a coffee pot- it is convenient for them to water the plants under the root without spraying moisture.

If you are going to water small seedlings and plants that need to be sprinkled, then a watering can with a nozzle-divider as a shower is better. In this case, the classic English watering can of 4.5 liters from Smart Garden be the best assistant. The optimal size of the watering can for containers is about 6 liters, but the choice depends on the number of pots and plants.

3. Garden Secateurs

Garden secateurs will help you cut plants, extra shoots, and take off fruits. Do not do this with ordinary household scissors! Scissors are made of softer metal, so they are less sharp and do not give such a clean cut.  Crumpled cut edges increase the risk of infection of the cut area. The thicker the stem, the greater the difference in the sharpness and clarity of the trim.

Typically, a secateurs with a length of about 20 cm are used for containers. For example, garden secateurs for flowers, fruits, and vegetables have a straight shape and copes well with flowers, herbs, shoots, and branches up to 5 mm thick, stalks of vegetables. But this model with a slight slope of the blades perfectly cuts shoots and branches with a diameter of up to 15 mm, so that it can also be used for powerful stems, for example, container roses.

4. Scissors

Scissors for flowers, vegetables, and fruits are another helper in pruning and harvesting. They have narrow and very sharp blades made of high-carbon steel, which even the thinnest grass stems do not wrinkle. It is convenient to work with them in dense thickets of plants and cut off thin hard branches like the stalks of tomatoes and peppers.

5. Garden Scoop for Planting and Transplanting

A miniature version of a garden shovel. One of the most commonly used tools: they mix and level the soil, make holes and holes, transplant, add soil. You must buy a scoop of durable carbon steel, which is not prone to rust and does not bend in the thinnest place. The form with higher sides is convenient for pouring soil into a container and for transplanting plants with a lump of earth.

6. Garden Knife

Garden knife is another versatile tool: they can be loosened, removed weeds, transplanted, share roots, and tubers. For example, a knife for transplanting and removing weeds has an original forked shape and different sharpening at the edges.

Due to this, it is possible to pull out weeds with a weed barrier(even dandelions!), Transplant plants from a pot, make narrow and deep planting holes for long roots or bulbs, and even divide the plant without digging it.

And the Japanese garden knife Hori-Hori is indispensable for working in hard-to-reach places: deep in the pot or pots with different types of herbs and flowers, for removing roots and weeds in clay soil, any planting or transplanting. Both knives are marked with a scale that shows the depth of the landing.

7. Mini Garden Chopper

A mini garden chopper for weeding plants in containers is a specialized tool for small spaces. She has a short handle and a small area so that she can handle even a small container. The chopper is ideal for scraping moss off the soil’s surface, removing shallow weeds, or loosening the soil. For accurate work among tightly planted plants, the tip of the head is turned inward so as not to damage adjacent stems.

8. Single-tiller Cultivator

The single-tiller cultivator is a very convenient tool for fine weeding and loosening of soil in tight places. They can successfully loosen the ground between rows of seedlings or around small stems of plants without tearing them out with the root.

9. Garden Twine

Garden twine for gartering plants is necessary if you have plants that need support: tomatoes, peppers, peas, cucumbers. It is better to use jute twine, as it will not be able to damage delicate stems, and due to its gray-brown color is not striking.

10. Supports for Plants

Supports for plants are better to use special ones: stalks constantly slide from ordinary sticks. For peas, cucumbers, beans, and other plants with antennae, it is better to take supports in the form of a twisted cone or obelisk with jumpers. There they will have something to catch on. For tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant support in the form of pins with rings that prevent the garters from slipping down are suitable.

11. Plates and Markers

Plates and markers for plant names are needed when you want to remember which species and varieties you grow. They can be hanging or stuck in a pot. Ceramic, slate, metal plates or tags serve as an additional decorative element, not only saving information but also decorating the composition in a pot.

To work with floor containers, a lap pad is required. This is a pillow or rug that reduces pressure on your joints, and you can rest on your knees or sit on them. Pillows and rugs made of foam rubber and polyester have a mud-and-water-resistant coating: they do not need to be washed every time, just wipe with a wet sponge. A convenient handle allows you to store the accessory hanging in a closet, which saves space.

12. Mini Garden Tools – Scoop and Rake

With this kit, you can carry out all the necessary minimum work in the container: weeding, loosening, transplanting, and planting. Suitable for seedlings and medium-sized adult plants.


Indulge in a convenient and durable tool! With it, growing vegetables will turn into a real pleasure. There is nothing nicer than picking up high-quality equipment that lies in your hand’s palm so comfortably that it feels like an extension of your hand. With it, you can enjoy the fruits of the containers and the whole process of growing them.


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