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Our Guide to the Best Tools for Raised Bed Gardening

May 26, 2024

Tools to make your raised garden work simple

Raised bed gardening offers numerous benefits, from improved soil control to reduced weed growth and easier access for planting and harvesting. However, to make the most out of your raised bed garden, having the right tools is essential. In this guide, we’ll explore the best tools that will make your raised bed gardening experience efficient and enjoyable.

1. Garden Fork

A garden fork is indispensable for loosening soil, turning compost, and breaking up clods of earth. It helps improve soil aeration and drainage, which are crucial for the healthy growth of plants. Look for a fork with sturdy tines and a comfortable handle to reduce hand fatigue.

Garden Fork
Our high quality garden fork

2. Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is perfect for planting, transplanting, and digging small holes. Choose one with a comfortable grip and a strong, rust-resistant blade. A trowel with measurements on the blade can be particularly useful for ensuring the correct planting depth.

A trowel is a necessary raised bed workhorse

3. Pruning Shears

Pruning shears are essential for trimming plants, deadheading flowers, and harvesting vegetables. Opt for a pair with sharp, durable blades and a comfortable handle. Bypass pruners are generally more effective for live plants, while anvil pruners work well for dead wood.

Pruning Shears
Garden shears for maintaining your raised garden

4. Garden Gloves

Protect your hands from dirt, thorns, and blisters with a good pair of garden gloves. Choose gloves that are durable, breathable, and provide a good grip. For tasks that require precision, consider gloves with touchscreen-compatible fingertips.

Garden Gloves
Cowhide gloves for gardening

5. Garden Kneeler

A garden kneeler can significantly reduce strain on your knees and back. Look for one that is lightweight, durabble, and has pockets for storing tools. This versatile tool provides cushion for working around the raised bed and garden.

Garden Kneeler and Seat
A quality kneeler for gardening will save the back and knees

6. Watering Can

A good watering can is essential for ensuring your plants get the right amount of water. Choose one with a long spout for precise watering and a capacity that suits your garden size. A detachable rose attachment is a handy feature for gentle watering of delicate plants.

Watering Can
Watering cans are useful and can be beautiful like this Haws Bearwood Brook

7. Garden Hand Rake

A garden rake is useful for leveling soil, removing debris, and spreading mulch. Opt for a rake with flexible tines that can handle different types of tasks, and ensure the handle is comfortable and sturdy.

Garden Rake
A hand rake is useful for many raised bed chores

8. Soil Tester

To keep your plants healthy, it’s important to monitor the soil’s pH and nutrient levels. A soil tester can help you understand the needs of your plants and adjust your soil amendments accordingly. Look for a tester that measures pH, moisture, and light levels.

Soil Tester
A good moisture meter can help insure happy plants in your raised garden


Investing in high-quality tools can make raised bed gardening more enjoyable and productive. Each of these tools serves a unique purpose and will help you maintain a thriving garden. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting, these tools are sure to enhance your gardening experience. Happy gardening!

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