Plant care tools and equipment we use and recommend

A section of our watering tools including spray bottles, Gardena hose cart, one of our soaker hoses, garden hose nozzles and more
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Plant care is about organic and food-safe products, methods, and techniques.

But plant care goes beyond dealing with pests and diseases. You want to create a growing environment where plants thrive without introducing harmful chemicals and materials.

And here, nothing is more effective than early detection. Do spend time looking at your plants. Early detection is vital in fighting off pests and diseases successfully.

Another often overlooked factor is proper watering. Always water at the base of the plant and avoid getting the leaves wet. Then, there is mulching or using weed barrier landscape fabric to create a protective layer between the soil and plant.

Plant care tools & equipment we cover

  1. Manual pressure pump sprayer
  2. Far-reaching garden pressure pump sprayer
  3. Neem oil
  4. Weed barrier landscape fabric
  5. Bubble wrap
  6. Long-reach garden hose nozzle sprayer
  7. Soaker hoses
  8. Hose carts
  9. Gardening sleeves

But, as hard as I try, I have to face aphids, white flies, leaf miners, slugs, snails, and so on every year. Here on this page, I have gathered some of the tools I use for looking after and treating plants but also to help perennial herbs overwinter successfully.

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1. Manual pressure pump sprayer

Necessary? Not until you wake up to a full-on attack of aphids across several tomato or pepper plants. One of my better investments.

It is truly indispensable when you have more than a couple of plants to spray daily. Regular one-pump-per-spray bottles are great, but my hands get tired, and having that manual pump to build up pressure and then just be ready to go for several minutes is a blessing.

This model is great for close-up spray action. Look below if you need a model with further reach.

Essential for plant care

Why I like it:

  • Safety pressure valve
  • Adjustable brass nozzle
  • Good size (0,5 gallon/2 liters)

Things to consider::

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Garden Pressure Pump Sprayer (manual)

If you have experienced a full-on aphid attack, you know that spraying by hand does get tiring.

Instead, we use a manual pump-action pressure pump.

There are electric pressure pumps, but manually building the pressure is easy.

For me, a manual-action pressure pump is the better value option.

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Far-reaching garden pressure pump sprayer

Great when you need to spray plants that are growing tall or when you need to reach deep.

I use mine specifically for indeterminate tomato varieties. Great if you need to spray those mature beefsteak tomato plants.

Ideal for hard to reach areas

Why I like it:

  • Adjustable cone nozzle
  • Anti-clog filter
  • Allows spraying with reach and precision
  • Great for plant care and fertilizers

Things to consider::

  • The 2-gallon / 7.6-liter version can get heavy to carry
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Multi-Purpose Garden Sprayer

Easy to use for those hard-to-reach areas in the garden. Give it a few pumps, adjust the nozzle, and you are ready to go.

Comes in different sizes. I prefer the 2-gallon (7,6 liters) tank as I sometimes need it, but I can only fill the tank with what I need for the job.

It is a great tool for general garden use but also for fighting pests and fungal diseases on larger plants like bushy peppers and determinative tomato plants.

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Neem oil

Effective pesticide for use on plants against aphids, powdery mildew, thrips, whiteflies, mites, fungus gnats, beetles, moth larvae, mushroom flies, leaf miners, and nematodes.

Easy to use and inexpensive compared to many other products, with no reported adverse effect on pets, earthworms, insects, or pollinators when used correctly. Please note, Neem oil is banned in the UK and Canada due to slight toxicity to marine wildlife.

Mix your own spray and save

Why I like it:

  • Concentrated, free of water or additives
  • People, pets, and garden-friendly
  • 32 Fl Oz is a good size for a normal garden
  • Also available in 8 Fl Oz bottle
  • For indoor and outdoor plants and vegetables

Things to consider::

  • 8 Fl Oz image looks bigger than it is
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100% Pure Cold Pressed Concentrated Neem Oil

100% pure and natural.

My go-to product for treating herbs, vegetables, and plants against pests and diseases.

Mix with water and use a spray bottle to apply early morning or late evening.

I use Neem oil to treat plants, including tomatoes and peppers.

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Weed barrier landscape fabric

We can do several simple things to help our plants grow and thrive. Keeping weeds from growing and creating a protective layer between soil and plant belong to this group.

Weeds consume resources from your plants, and we all want to keep soil-born diseases far away from our herbs and vegetables. Using weed barrier landscape fabric can help you achieve both of these goals.

It can also be used to make your own DIY Grow Bags following our guide.

Plant Care & DIY Grow Bags

Why I like it:

  • Eco-friendly, chemical-free
  • Allows some air, water, and nutrients to reach the soil
  • Available in 50 to 200 ft rolls
  • Heavy-duty and durable

Things to consider::

  • Tricky to lay if windy
  • Can fray if cut hastily
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Weed Barrier Landscape Fabric

Chemical-free weed barrier rolls that won’t damage your yard’s ecosystem.

Weed barrier and mulch in one and the same product.

Also great for making your own DIY grow bags.

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Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is great for creating an insulating layer for perennial herbs and plants spending winter outdoors.

Place a piece of wood below the pot to lift it off the ground, and then cover it in bubble wrap. Be gentle, and you can reuse the bubble wrap for many more seasons to come.

Manufactured to last many seasons

Why I like it:

  • Good value if you take the time to compare
  • Durable, will last if treated right
  • Available in different sizes

Things to consider::

  • There are always cheaper alternatives
  • Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Roll
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Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Roll

Easy to wrap around pots and containers while spending winter outdoors.

Good quality and will last several seasons if handled responsibly.

Easy to dry and store for next winter.

You understand if you have lost some of your darling plants to winter cold. If not, you most likely will at some point.

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Long-reach garden hose nozzle sprayer

If you are a regular reader, you already know I make and use grow bags for many plants and vegetables. And if you have read my articles, you know that we never want to wet the leaves when watering plants.

And as it does get tiresome to bend down to water plants at soil level, a long-reach garden hose nozzle sprayer is truly a lifesaver for my back. I could honestly not do without it.

And with rows and rows of thirsty plants to water, it is a real timesaver!

Lifesaver for my knees and back

Why I like it:

  • Perfect for watering at the base without hurting back
  • Adjustable length 36”-60” (ca 90 – 150 cm)
  • 7 different spray patterns
  • Huge timesaver
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Long-reach garden hose sprayer

One of five gardening tools I could not do without.

Used daily for large parts of the year and a lifesaver when you have rows and rows of thirsty plants to water.

You always want to water vegetables, tomatoes, and peppers at the base of the plant to avoid leaves getting wet. And with a long-reach nozzle sprayer, you can reach without hurting your knees or back.

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Soaker hoses

Nice but not necessary, but oh so nice on a hot summer day when life gets in the way of gardening.

I place mine around my tomato plants and connect it to a timer for those hot days when I know my tomato plants will need water, and I am away. And no, while I have lovely neighbors, I would not trust them with my tomato plants.

Ideal for the hotter months

Why I like it:

  • Perfect time saver on hot days
  • Heavy-duty recycled rubber
  • 7-year warranty

Things to consider::

  • Some may prefer a flat hose
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Rocky Mountain Goods Soaker Hose

Soaker hoses are perfect for watering vegetable gardens and raised garden beds on those hot summer days.

Well, they are great all season long, but for me, they are a lifesaver in July and August when the weather is hot.

Leave it on to water your plants, and carry on sipping that cool iced tea.

I prefer the round soaker hoses, but there are also flat models.

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Hose carts

The true workhorse of the garden. I have 2 of these, and they live on opposite sides of our house.

Reliable, easy-to-use, durable – I feel like I could go on, but my Gardena hose carts are great. The optional hose guide is a nice feature, and it makes a big difference, especially when rolling back the hose.

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Why I like it:

  • Durable and solid construction
  • Hose guide is a great feature
  • The kickstand prevents the cart from falling over

Things to consider::

  • There are cheaper alternatives
Hose Cart Only
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Hose Cart with Hose
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Frost-Proof Hose Cart with Hose Guide

Gardena is one of my favorite brands; they have never disappointed me.

This hose cart is a complete set and is one of our true workhorses for the outdoor growing season.

The frostproof feature does help, as we never learn and tend to get surprised yearly.

This is an investment in home gardening, and you will not regret buying a Gardena brand gardening tool.

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Protective gardening sleeves

Wearing gardening sleeves is second nature for me ever since I had nasty moles removed from my forearms in the ’90s.

And I think you should invest in a pair if you spend time outdoors in the sun wearing short-sleeved shirts.

Gardening sleeves protect against sunburn and harmful UV radiation but also keep you safe from cuts, scratches, insect bites, and itchy rashes.

My Pick: Best Overall Gardening Sleeves

Why I like it:

  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Anti-slide ensures a good fit
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Thumbhole

Things to consider::

  • Bold patterns may not suit everyone
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Farmer’s Defense Arm Protection

Wearing sleeves is a no-brainer and protects against sunburn, UV radiation, scratches, cuts, and insect bites.

And these sleeves from Farmer’s Defense tick all the boxes.

Read my full review here: The Best Gardening Sleeves For Protection, Comfort & Safety

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