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5 Tools No Gardener Should be Without in the Colder Months
by Will Hope
August 26, 2014

Gardening is a really healthy outdoor activity, so it shouldn’t stop when it starts to get a little chilly or the ground gets a little harder. You wouldn’t abandon your pets to the cold, so why should you do the same to your plants and garden? So how do you cope with your garden as the nights start to draw in? Well, with the right tools of course. Take a look at our suggestions.

Gloves
In the colder months, it’s really important to keep yourself warm; otherwise you’re just not going to want to tend to your vegetables. A pair of hardy gloves should be warm but tough and fit well, so you can easily go about your jobs. Whether you opt for something like these Gold Leaf Tough Touch Gloves (they’re endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society and are extended to protect your wrist and forearm too) or something very technical like Showa gloves like these (make sure you get ones that are suitable for horticulture), finding gloves to suit your needs is easy.

Shoes
Likewise, with shoes, you need them to keep your feet warm, dry and garden ready. You could go for wellies, boots or slip-ons like these, depending on what you want from your shoes. For instance, do you want to be able to pop in and out at a moment’s notice, or do you prefer to prepare yourself for your gardening session properly. For most it’s likely to be a combination of the two.

Spade and Fork
In the cold, your body is stiffer and the ground is often harder, so you may find it more difficult to dig the ground. That’s where a good quality spade and fork comes in. Choose stainless steel for the end, an easy to use handle and a height that suits you, and you should find that digging becomes a little bit easier.

Power Tools
Power tools are an important part of gardening whether you’re mowing the lawn or you’re building garden structures, and whether you’re working in the height of summer or the depths of winter. SGS are bringing out a range of gardening tools that include petrol strimmers, which make neatening your lawn easy.

So if you’re looking to winter and feeling unprepared, then these tools will help you make the most of your garden in the cold weather.

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row