Essential organic gardening tools and oils

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Starting an organic garden doesn't have to feel overwhelming when you're looking for equipment and tools. Here are essential organic gardening tools and oils that will be very useful when naturally controlling weeds and pests, planning, and maintaining your garden.

The essential tools

This is what we use in our thriving, organic mediterranean garden. These tools are sure to help you prepare and maintain your garden in a beautiful and comfortable way.

Tiller

A tiller will be used to prepare the earth for planting your organic seeds or plants. A small tiller like this can also be used in the garden during growing season for wedding. Narrow lines make it easy to maneuver around plants and rows.

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HOE

A hoe is a great tool for deep digging and uprooting your soil. It can be used for aerating the soil, which is necessary for healthy plant growth.

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GARDEN BAG with tools

This high quality, useful gardening bag keeps all of your small maintenance tools at reach.

Hand tools can be stored in your garden bag. Hand tools include shovels, spades, forks, hoes, rakes, and trowels. These hand tools can be used in areas where a rotary tiller can not reach. You will want to put them in your garden cart for easy access.

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GARDENING BOOTS

These Joules women's Wellington rubber boots are perfect for gardening. They are 100% rubber and wipe clean. 

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GARDENING GLOVES

Breathability, good coverage, and soft drying. These gloves are perfect for even difficult garden maintenance like rose bush pruning.

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SOAKER HOSE

A must for gardening is water access. Using a hose is the simplest way to water your garden. A sprinkler or watering wand can be attached to the end of the hose to create a rain effect. If you do not have the time to water your garden by hand, you can use a soaker hose. A soaker hose waters deep to the roots of the plants preventing evaporation.

Put the soaker hose along the rows of your plants and let the water do the work.

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SMALL WATERING CAN

A small hand held watering can is perfect for organic potted plants

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HARVEST BASKET

A quality, lined basket is perfect for collecting your garden harvest in a beautiful way. If properly cared for, it will last a lifetime. 

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wicker picnic basket for cottagecore aesthetic post picnic necessary

WHEELBARROW

Wheelbarrows or garden carts are very useful. You will need a wheelbarrow to haul soil, fertilizer, or anything that is heavy. 

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GARDEN APRON

This apron serves as a handy garment to protect your clothes during messy tasks. Best of all? It features a darling twisted back detail and front pockets for toting about tools, cloths, and fresh herbs clipped from your garden.

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garden shears

Hand prune with ease for a healthy organic garden. ultra-strong, sharp, rust and corrosion resistant. Pruning Shears saves time and makes pruning easier. It is ideal use for trimming and cutting the rose bush, shrubs, hedges, stems and light brunches etc.

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GARDEN SCISSORS

Thin blade garden scissors are excellent for floral arrangements or gaining access to narrow openings. Our precision-ground blade edges ensure accuracy

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GARDEN FENCING

A fence around the garden and cages around plants are needed to keep animals out of your plants.  Spend the extra money, and your garden will be a success.

The arched iron arts on this gate make this ornamental steel garden border fence itself a decorative element for your garden and add more delights to your life, accent border with classic rod iron design to fit any decor; stylish look of this flower garden border fencing will add a modern touch to your garden, patio or yard.

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UV SUN HAT

Protect your skin from the sun when you're spending more time outdoors tending to your organic garden. A wide brim hat made of quality quick drying lightweight fabric keeps you cool and protected

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The essential oils

 

Our organic garden relies on the power of organic essential oils to thrive. There are certain oils we reach for to prevent weeds, all our plants to thrive while remaining pest and fungus free. 

You can make a simple garden plant spray based on what you need in your garden. Keep it in your garden bag. Our garden always needs a good cedarwood, peppermint and thyme spray as beetles and slugs have a tendency to disrupt our plants. Use my list below to determine which oils you want to use in your garden.

woman's hand holding a glass amber bottle in front of a large green bush

Simple garden plant spray

Yield: 1 bottle

A simple all natural and effective plant spray to help keep your organic garden thriving

Materials

  • Amber glass bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Essential oils

Tools

  • Small funnel

Instructions

  1. Using a small funnel, fill your glass amber bottle with white vinegar, leaving room for 20-30 drops of essential oil
  2. Label your garden spray based on what you need it for (example: cinnamon spray for weeds, lavender and lemongrass for mosquitos, etc)
  3. Spray directly on plants as needed

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It's important that you're using high quality essential oils for your plants. Most are filled with undisclosed fillers and synthetics that will do your garden more harm than good. Our family trusts young living essential oils for all of our needs, including gardening. Head to this page to learn more about young living, become a member, or contact me for assistance setting up an organic garden essential oil bundle.

 

The best essential oils to naturally control pests:

  • Ants – peppermint or spearmint
  • Aphids – cedarwood, peppermint, spearmint
  • Beetles – peppermint or thyme
  • Caterpillars – spearmint or peppermint
  • Chiggers – lavender, lemongrass, sage, thyme
  • Fleas – peppermint, lemongrass, spearmint, lavender
  • Flies – peppermint, lavender, rosemary, sage
  • Gnats – patchouli or spearmint
  • Lice – cedarwood, peppermint, spearmint
  • Mosquitoes – lavender, lemongrass, arborvitae
  • Moths – cedarwood, lavender, peppermint, spearmint
  • Plant Lice – peppermint or spearmint
  • Slugs – cedarwood
  • Spiders – peppermint or spearmint
  • Ticks – lavender, lemongrass, sage or thyme
  • Weevils – cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood

The best essential oil to reduce weeds: Cinnamon oil is one of the best essential oils for getting rid of weeds. Make yourself a small garden spray from the recipe above, and spray onto weeds as needed.

Best spray to attract Bee and Butterflies (pollinators):  Lavender, spearmint, orange, oregano, peppermint, thyme, lemongrass and sage attract pollinators. Spray directly around your plants.

Best essential oil to keep fungus off plants: Fungus is known to be the biggest distributor to a healthy garden. Keep a bottle of melaleuca essential oil to mist your soil.

 
 

Favorite garden spray recipes

We always keep several bottles handy for different uses in the garden. Here are some favorites!

 

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About SARAH

Sarah is the creator of frolic & fare, a home, recipe and garden blog filled with romanticized projects to add beauty to the everyday. 
Sarah is a sleep researcher, aromatherapist and herbalist who loves to create botanical and herbal infused recipes for simple, seasonal living.