Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:03
The most used tools in my garden are; a trowel, several buckets, a small tarpaulin with handles, hoes; various, and a lawn rake, which is used to get leaves and twigs off the pea shingle surrounding the veg beds. Secateurs, plus ratchet secateurs (brilliant for hefty pruning) scissors for dead heading, several pairs of gardening gloves, knee pads and a kneeler which flips over to become a stool. I scarcely ever use a spade - far more likely to use a fork. A course sieve for sifting home made compost, a compost stirrer and a weeding tool for dandelion roots. I tend to buy mid-priced tools and have no loyalty towards any particular brand; if it feels right in the hand, not too heavy or large (rather like me actually) then I buy it.
I would recommend getting tools as you identify a need for them, e.g.I have a telescopic lopper as there is a willow leaning over my garden from the field.