6 Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

There are many pieces of information out there about what you need to be a great gardener. But your success is not about what people think. Some self-proclaimed experts can mislead you to go overboard when purchasing your gardening tools for their reason. The truth is that you will need an array of gardening tools depending on your type of plants and the size of your garden. The rights tools should also be within your budget. You will find many tools on nazflora.org and their FB page that meet your varied gardening needs. Before you buy any of them, assess your requirements to be able to create the right priority list. Some of the essential gardening tools for you as a beginner to consider are: 

Scissors

There are several types of scissors that you can use. However, as a beginner, you do not have to go for fancy ones. The first thing that you should do is have a clear understanding of why you need a scissor and how to use it. Some current master gardeners began with plain household scissors. You can make them your first choice of gardening tools. Use them to deadhead your snip herbs and flowers. 

Well. We are not saying you do not need a pair of scissors. Many experts believe that real gardeners use heavy-duty garden scissors that have plastic-coated handles, especially during harvesting. You can start with the plain household option but get the essential advanced tools later.

Weeders

Weeders come in a wide variety of names. The dandelion digger is just one of the common names of these tools. The small devices are great for prying up weeds, especially those with taproots, such as crabgrass.

Weeders are appropriately designed to penetrate the soil. Once that happens, they weed roots from the ground. The narrow and sharp fork points can coax out annual bluegrass surgically, spurge, wood sorrel, and more.

Soil Knife

The soil knife is a must-have because it is versatile, and you can use it in place of several garden tools. When you have it, you may never have to worry about just anything. If you want to plant herbs, flowers, vegetables, or bulbs, use it. Soil knife will also help you to divide plants, remove rocks, cut twine and ties, and open bags. Furthermore, you can use it to cut through rocks, clean out cracks, and much more. As you can see, with a solid knife, you will not need any additional tools as gardening goals. 

Spade or Shovel

If you are required to choose between a spade and a shovel, go for the former. Both of these tools are incredibly useful. And you should be able to own them. However, as a beginner, you may encounter a situation that forces you to choose only one of them. With a spade, you will get pleasant, straight, and clean edges. You can use it for many things as well. Many gardeners prefer to use it to plant, transplant, and slice through tough roots. However, a shovel is not wrong at all. You can also use it to dig holes and scoop the soil. And, many master gardeners think it is the best for doing these functions. The bottom line is that you choose the one that best meets your needs. Whichever option you go for, be sure it has a sharp cutting edge and ergonomic design. 

Gardening Gloves

You also need gardening gloves to protect you. Scratches from thorns and branches can make your knife extremely difficult. Blisters can do the same to you when you least expect it. Buy a heavy-duty pair to protect you from these problems. They are great for digging, pruning, and other demanding tasks. Choose a lightweight option that is coated with a durable rubber or latex, and you will have excellent gripping power. Besides, you will be able to do highly delicate tasks, such as transplanting your seedlings and picking up seeds.

Rakes

As with many of the other tools, not all rakes will serve your different purposes. If you want one that will fit small spaces, consider a shrub rake. Besides, use big fan rakes to tidy up your garden when you are collecting the debris. Many gardeners use hard rakes to move leaves and mulch. You can also flip it over to be able to use the rake to move soil and compost and smooth out the soil. What’s more, the hard rake can also help you to blend the soil in with the rest of your bed.

Final Thoughts

Many people will tell you what they think you need. But in the end, you should ensure you your favorite gardening tools within your arm’s reach. Whether you are a beginner or not, you must choose the ones that make your digging, growing, pruning, and harvesting enjoyable and comfortable.

Cracked- Eliza Crewe

Review of Cracked (Soul Eater #1)

Rating 5 stars

Normally the Main Character in a book is the good person but not in Cracked. Meda is bad, a monster, but a hilarious monster. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much throughout a book. Meda’s inner dialogue was brilliant and I loved her struggle between being good and bad.

Here are a few parts I took from book:

I consider the many tools at my disposal, eyeing his large blood-splattered frame, and settle on my weapon of choice – one so infrequently used I need to dust it off first.

My eyes fill with tears. “Wha–” I swallow hard “– what were those things?”

“Demons.” Thanks, Einstein. I got that part. I let a tear trickle over.

He hurries to reassure me. “Don’t cry – I’ll protect you.”

Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating.

                                                ****

❝ A small girl, still young enough to suffer the indignity of pigtails, holds out a dead goldfish in her cupped hand.

Thanks, but I just ate.

“My fish died,” she lisps around missing teeth. She looks at me expectantly.

Ah – catastrophe has struck and she’s in search of an adult to handle it. (…) Fortunately, I know just how to handle this one.

“Flush it down the toilet.”

(…)

What? It’s a fish. 

                                                ****

“There are some people you know you shouldn’t anger because it isn’t right. Like your mom – if she’s the nice sort.

There are other people you know you shouldn’t anger because they have the authority to punish you. Police officers, politicians, insane asylum wardens, your mom – if she’s the bad sort.

But there are some people you shouldn’t anger that you don’t know about, because no one ever survived to warn you.

I’m the third kind.

I eat souls.

The Secondary Characters where just as valuable to the story. My favourite been Jo, she was so angry at the world that it gave Meda so much ammunition for hilarious smart commentary (That went on inside her head) it had me laughing so hard. Uri was sweet, he was a kid who got to hang out with superman – superman being Chi. It was cute.

Overall the story captured me not for its plot or world building but because of Meda and her inability to feel compassion for others. Just hilarious. If you want a fun read that will make you laugh and smile then cracked is the one for you. 

Kelley Armstrong- Omens

Review of Omens

Rating 5 stars

Olivia Taylor lives the high life, her world is of wealth, charity events (for the rich) and she’s engaged to James. But when she finds out she’s the daughter of the serial killers “The Larsen’s” her world is shattered. She fleas to Cainsville where strange doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s there that we meet Gabriel. Gabriel is a lawyer who helps Olivia look into her real parents so called crimes.

I loved the superstition in omens. I found myself at night placing my pillows inwards, watching cats to see if rain was coming or birds to indicate towards the future. I loved all the aspects that Kelly Armstrong came from.

Secondly I just adored Gabriel he was selfish, arrogant yet his demons are bigger then I first thought and I feel in the second book we will find out things about Gabriel that will be hard to swallow. But I still love him as a character. Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship was strained at most parts, but it was the smallest gesture or the way he looked at her that had my heart rate in overdrive.

I loved Omens and can’t wait for the second book. I would highly recommend this to all paranormal readers

Kurt D. Springs- Promise Of Mercy

Author: Kurt D. Springs

Review: Promise of Mercy

Rating: 5 Stars

This is the second book that I have read by Author Kurt D. Springs. The first being Price of Vengeance. In both books there is a lesson to be learned – That vengeance isn’t the answer but compassion is. Time can change so much so quickly even for the worst of us; Marisa is the example in this book.

Liam is also still a very strong character but is learning and with the help of his four children. His three daughters are the walk of him. Their adventure takes off when the temple is under siege with their mother inside and their father is sent through a portal to an unknown place. It’s a story of family, love and forgiveness.

At the start the bad guys are the original founders but we soon meet Kergan a man who has no regard for live. He is the enemy that the finnian must fight. Deirdre Liam’s daughter took centre stage for me with her blatant disregard for orders, she was stubborn, her only focus was saving her parents and we watched her time and time again display this with some serious defiance. She has a temper. 🙂

We meet new creatures in my head I picture bigfoot 🙂 they help Liam and his family against the enemy and are a welcome addition.

A lot of things throughout the story stood out for me. One being the use of Irish – it was fantastic to see as I am Irish myself. Translations of the Irish words where right beside it in English, so no flicking to the back of the book or e-copy to see what it means. Which for me normally pulls me from the story so this was really great.

The second thing I loved was Gayla and her bond with Liam especially with the paranormal activity in the prison. It was a bit scary but I loved it.

Also I love the author’s ability to take a bad guy or women that you really don’t like, and soon without realizing it you feel compassion for them. Marisa the prime example here.

The technology, science, new species  and descriptive lands   in this book felt to me that an enormous amount of research went into this book.

I have a feeling that we are not done yet, with the ending (Which I will not say) but I really look forward to reading about Liam and his four children?  Again.. Oh, and  ted I can’t leave him out he is like a brother to Aidan.

If you love sci-fi action packet with a lot of gadgets then grab a copy of Promise of mercy and Price of Vengeance you won’t be disappointed.

Red Queen- Victoria Aveyard

Review of the Red Queen

Rating: 5 stars

To sum up the Red Queen I would say the hunger games meet Games of Throne.

Mare Barrow reminded me of Katniss living in the slums. She stole to survive and her family and best friend Kilcorn come first. But when Mare gets a job in the palace her powers are ignited and she’s brought into the world of Silvers. This is where the story reminded me of Games of throne. The lies deceit and the game the royals played were hard to keep up with and Mare is a pawn in the game, which she doesn’t even know she’s playing. She starts to fall for Marven her betrothed yet she still has feelings for Cal the future King. Her feelings make her judgement off and for it she pays the ultimate price.

The world building was breath-taking and the author’s ability to keep us blind to the truth was very well played out. I didn’t trust anyone and when I did I would second guess myself but I couldn’t have fully predicated who would betray mare.

The rebels add to the tension already in the story and I found my hands clammy in fear of certain rebels been found out, yet once again nothing could have prepared me for the ending

I look forward to book two and mostly Cal. He’s strong, fierce and his loyalty to the crown is to be admired. He is a warrior, his abilities had me transfixed on him. Just loved him no matter where he stands in this war.

I would highly recommend this to all fantasy lovers.  

The Watcher-Lisa Voisin

Review of The Watcher

3.5 stars

The Watcher is story about angels and demons, but I love how it’s different than others I have read. It’s not your simple forbidden love, but the seven deadly sins come into play and for me I just loved that. I know we only see two in play in this book, but I loved the angle the author came from making it stand out for me more than other books of its kind. 
I loved some of the descriptions that Mia gives us while she is in awe of Michael’s wings, or the sound of his voice. I could almost feel what she was saying, it was very well explained. 
The plot itself was really good it wasn’t just forbidden love, but the twist at the end with Damiel was just brilliant and one I didn’t expect, and Mia’s understanding of how envy worked really blow me away, it was great thinking and I loved it.

But in saying all that the reason I gave this book only 3.5 stars was the characters. I just for the life of me couldn’t connect with Mia or Michael. Mia was understanding in so many ways, that I found myself disagreeing with her. I couldn’t picture her at all, and I felt nothing really for her. As for Michael I felt he was weak and his love for Mia overshadowed everything else. The one Character I loved and she wasn’t in it much was Michael’s sponsor Arielle, I found she had a strong voice, she was willing to get the job done, and most of the explaining of what was going on came from her. She was a character that I could connect with and see. Also Heather and Fiona just seemed selfish to me. But this is just my opinion and mine alone.

While reading some of the other reviews I see a lot of people compared this book to Hush, Hush and I didn’t like that book at all I think I rated it like two stars. So for lovers of Hush, Hush and Forbidden love with Angels – you may love The Watchers.

I received this book from the Author for an honest review. 

Fractured Immortal- E. L. Wicker

Review of Fractured Immortal

Rating: 4.5 star

Firstly I have to say that this book brought up more emotions then I expected. Fractured Immortal is a dark tale. It’s all told from the perspective of Ilia, a vampire whose life has been pretty sad. Often in stories like this you get to hear what they lost, but this book goes deeper into details and I found myself on more than one occasion fighting the tears. 
When Ilia was mortal she was unmarried and pregnant, her mother had two butchers remove the baby from Ilia’s body not really caring for her daughter’s life, the detail was gruesome and so very sad, but overall extremely well written. This is what started to shape Ilia into the vampire she ended up being. 
Her existence is in isolation as she searches the globe for the man responsible for killing her family and loved ones. Yet she carries her pain with her never letting it go. She is broken yet a fighter. When she gets news that Sol maybe returning to her hometown, she returns there, and we get to see more of her life, and it’s all very painful. From the person she loved, to the memories of her childhood, it’s dark and sad. 
Yet when we get introduced to Lana and Lucas, we see a kindness, and a little bit of weight seems to be lifted off her shoulders, until Kyle steps into the picture.

Now Kyle he is an onion – he has layers upon layers, upon layers, upon layers …. Complex character. Kyle had me hating him, and then loving him. As the story went on I felt so sorry for him, then went back to loving his sarcasm, he threw me so much throughout the book, that even now that I’m finished, I realised I wanted a happy ever after ending for him. He really deserves it. His relationship with Ilia is funny at the start its push shove and fuelled with anger and love, yet once again as the story progresses it just becomes another complicated aspect to Ilia’s life. The part when he takes Ilia to see Julia’s resting place, I cried. It was the saddest moment in the book and it made me look at Kyle once again in a different light. 
Nat is the other love interest and from the moment Ilia bumps into him you see an attraction, but their attraction has a reason behind it. Don’t want to say too much on that, you just have to read the book to find out. But I loved it.  And as for the ending…. It had my mouth gaping wide open, while I shook my head cursing the author when I realised the second book isn’t out yet. I needed to get to Ilia and tell her… well I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s pretty huge.

Maggie the witch. I just LOVED HER, every moment she was in the book she had me grinning from ear to ear. She’s quick with her words, she doesn’t think just acts (that is referring to what she did to Nat) couldn’t believe it yet I couldn’t stop laughing. I just loved her. 
There was so many great characters even down to Max and Kate the two young witches, and Alex who’s Nat’s friend and kind of side kick. Each character had their own story and each one was interesting. I think the author developed them very well.

The character I hated the most wasn’t Sol funny enough or Seleana for that matter, it was Victor he’s vicious and cruel, yet I know in book two we will be seeing lots of him.

Overall the book was very well written, it flowed well, and kept me engaged the whole way through. I loved each character and found them well developed. I would recommend this book to all paranormal, fantasy, romance or dark fantasy readers.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.