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    27 Products That'll Help Solve A Bunch Of Your Gardening Problems

    You'll be so excited to wet your plants.

    1. A bag of potting mix that's designed to be less prone to gnats so your precious plants don't fall victim to pesky buggers.

    Model pouring potting mix into a pot

    Promising review: "Got this to start herbs and veggies on the windowsill before planting in the garden outside. So far everything I've planted has sprouted. What more can you ask?" —Frank

    Get six quarts from Amazon for $4.97.

    2. And speaking of bugs, a pack of disgustingly effective sticky traps that'll help you snag those pesky gnats that are terrorizing your herbs.,

    Promising review: "I just received these yesterday and put them up. Overnight they are already collecting the fungus gnats that have been driving us crazy! If this keeps up we should be rid of these little 'nose pests' soon! I was careful while putting them on the sticks but still managed to get some of the sticky residue on my fingers. All I did was wash it off with Dawn and it came right off. With having pets in the house, I'm glad to know these are a safe product." —Lois L. Meyer

    Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $8.35.

    3. Or a nontoxic disposable hanging fly trap if your garden is overrun by these buzzing pests. Once the bag is full, simply discard it!

    Reviewer photo of the bag, which is filled with flies

    Promising review: "I agree with all of the reviews; this product smells horrible but works amazing. I also agree, the worse it smells, the better it works. We have hung it amongst our garden, out of sight from the house. Everyone who came over for our latest barbecue commented in amazement about our lack of flies around the food. The traps were far enough away that the smell was minimal. I also did put out fresh traps before the barbecue to ensure a pleasurable experience for my guests, traps with the minimal amount of smell." —Jenn N.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.37.

    4. A pack of food spikes for forgetful gardeners who can't remember the last time they fed their plants. Good thing these lil' guys will nourish your plants for up to two months continuously.

    Fingers pushing plant food spike into a pot

    Promising review: "I swear by these plant food spikes!!! The package says they are for indoor plants, but I actually use them for all of my outdoor plants, especially my herbs. I first tried these after planting some basil and other herbs that seemed to be taking an eternity to grow. I figured I'd give them a try since they were so inexpensive and wow!!!!! Within just a few days, my plants had grown more than double what they had grown in the previous several weeks!! One of my friends (who also enjoys gardening) came over to my house and was in awe of how big and healthy all of my herbs were. When I told her about these spikes, she went straight from my house to purchase some and had the exact same growth results." —GatorDO17

    Get a pack of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.99.

    5. An LED grow lamp with a built-in timer to solve the problem of your plants not getting enough light. Each one has three different lamp heads so you can customize how much light and what color light your plants receive.

    Reviewer photo of the lights showing the red, blue, and purple color options

    Promising review: "Bought for indoor herb growing and love it. Plants grow big and healthy. With the price of the light, I’d say the value is more than worth it. I do recommend using the timer if you’re forgetful because I know I’ve forgotten to turn the light back on a few times. Nonetheless, the plants are still growing and are doing well! For any reference, I’m growing cilantro, parsley, basil and a little succulent." —Flavio

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    6. A soil test kit because you can't expect a bountiful harvest without knowing more about the soil that's supposed to nurture your plants. This lil' hand-sized gadget will tell you your soil's moisture and pH levels as well as how much sun you're getting.

    The meter sitting in the dirt

    This lil' guy has two needles to ensure accuracy and doesn't require batteries. Just push it two to four inches into the ground and select what you want to test for.

    Promising review: "This device is amazing. I bought it after my gardenia plant wasn't blooming. I came to realize that I was overwatering, and my plant never recovered. Since then, I’ve taken home two amaryllis plants from work that never ever grew. I replanted them and used this device to make sure that I was watering properly and my plants are thriving! It’s a real plant saver. I even got a monstera as well. And I should note, I usually don’t have a green thumb and kill plants easily!" —Roselle

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    7. A Seeding Square kit if you've struggled in the past with sowing your seeds at juuuust the right distance so they have room to thrive.

    The board, which has holes to tell you where to plant your seeds

    It also comes with a measuring stick called a dibbler that pushes down the dirt to the correct depth for you to drop your seeds. The holes are color coded to let you know exactly where to plant seeds of different varieties.

    Promising review: "Love this thing! I have been gardening for a while and this takes all of the guess work out of spacing. I used this for the first time this spring using the planting chart/guide and it has worked out perfectly. I have had little to no weeds (I mean come on, you're gonna get some weeds). Planting per the Seed Square will for the most part choke out the weeds, while promoting growth for the plants. I even used this to plant growing plants and not just seeds. Just put the square on the ground used the stick to mark the spot and dug a hole where it was marked. Simple enough. Would highly recommend. Super easy!" —Jennifer Geisel

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

    8. A basic tool set — this one comes with a two trowels and a hand rake — so you can till the soil, transplant small plants and flowers, and mix in fertilizer with ease. And that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what you can do with this set!

    The tool set, which come with ergonomic soft grip handles

    This set will take care of most of your basic gardening needs though you may want to splurge on a larger set if you're undertaking more advanced gardening tasks.

    Get the set from Amazon for $24.90.

    9. And a pair of breathable gloves that'll absorb moisture so your hands aren't sweaty.

    Hands wearing the gloves and using pruning shears

    Reviewers suggest sizing up as these gloves run a bit small.

    Promising review: "Snug fit, very dextrous. I feel very protected from wet soil and yard debris (probably not thorns — haven't pushed it). I really love these gloves for gardening and even for light construction, like sanding wood. Grip's really good and helps me get my hands dirty when I don't really feel like it. No need for a nail brush after gardening with these gloves." —Delayed Gratification

    Get them from Amazon for $9.97 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    10. Or a pair of garden gloves with claws because they're great for helping you dig holes or break up dirt clumps quickly.


    Promising review: "I have been tearing through garden beds with these. I love them and use them a lot. They have been amazing for picking out rocks and getting to roots that inhabited my beds. As a 30-year-old adult I catch myself making angry dinosaur noises as I bury the claws in the dirt and pull up. Gosh darn, I love these these gloves. They are also amazing when you get that one itch you always get when you have gloves on...they make a great scratching tool LOL." —Toxic Fox Designs

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors and as multipack).

    11. A compact rotating compost bin for gardeners who want to recycle their yard waste or food scraps *and* enrich their soil.

    The open bins

    Promising review: "This is my SECOND Envirocycle compost tumbler. The first one is about 20 years old now and still going strong. We recently moved to Kansas and discovered that the soil here is heavy clay. Ugh. It suffocates plants like a serial killer. We knew we needed to amend this soil if we wanted any pretty flowers or yummy tomatoes, and since my husband is a cheapskate it seemed best to make our own. We've been doing it for years, but now we need to generate lots more. I'm pleased to see that Envirocycle has redesigned some components of its tumbler and though they were great before, they're even better now! I'm looking forward to another 20 years of great compost from my new tumbler just like my original one from years ago." —redhed60

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99 (also available in pink).

    12. A bamboo mason bee house to encourage this buzzing pollinator to hang out in your garden — and fertilize your flowers, fruit and nut trees, and berry plants.

    The house, which is filled with pre-made tubes in which the bees can nest

    Promising review: "This is a very nicely made mason bee house that should last a long time outdoors. It has a slight overhang in the front to protect the entrances from rain or snow. It has a hanger with a slot for a screw on the back. It has has a small rope attached at the top, but I will not hang it that way because the rope may deteriorate over time. I'm looking forward to hanging this as soon as the weather permits!" —Alison

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    13. Or a garden pollinator that'll do the same thing sans bees if you're allergic to those black and yellow fellows or just plain hate them.

    The pollinator, which looks like a long wand that tapers at the end

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical of this actually working, but after only three tomatoes in total appearing between my three plants (this entire summer so far), I was willing to try anything. I've used it each time I see a new bloom and I've gone from three tomatoes too 34 in two weeks. I only wish I had bought it earlier in the season." —mandy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    14. A padded kneeler because the alternative is kneeling on the hard ground and dirtying your pants. This one even flips so you can convert it into a seat, plus it has a built-in bag to store your gardening tools and maybe a cold drink.

    Model kneeling on the pad while using a trowel

    Promising review: "This garden seat is sturdy but not too heavy for me to carry around. It folds up easily and compactly, and unfolds quickly and easily too. I've used it for both kneeling and sitting. If you're kneeling on it, the pad is raised a bit and not sitting on muddy ground, so when you flip it over to sit, you have a clean seat. When it's used for kneeling, the supports are nice and sturdy so I can use them to help me stand up. I'm very pleased with it, and I'd recommend it to anyone with old bones — or any age bones for that matter!" —NHammer

    Get it from Amazon for $63.99.

    15. A hose timer if you've killed one too many plants because you forgot to turn on the sprinklers. This apparatus attaches to your hose, turning it into a sprinkler and allowing you to schedule watering sessions.

    The timer, which has an LED display screen and a dial to program when you want it to run

    Twist it onto your faucet (or faucet splitter as seen above), then screw in your hose and run out your sprinkler.

    Promising review: "These things are awesome. I have several hooked up to my well and use them to control drip lines to a privacy hedge, a trellis, and several sprinklers. Extremely easy to program. The range of settings brings a large amount of versatility. I have one that's connected to a sprinkler I'm using to reseed a bare lawn spot run for two minutes every two hours. I've been running it for two months and it's still reading full battery. I have them in locations where they get wet and have had no problems with the seal. I have five and have had no problems so far." —Rebecca A Selgrade

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    16. An expandable wall gardening system so you can still realize your dreams of creating a garden even if you don't have a lot of space — or even a backyard. It has a built-in dripper mechanism (you have to hook up the planters to a hose) so you'll never have to ask yourself, "Did I water the plants today?"

    A reviewer photo of a row of planters attached to railing on a deck

    Promising review: "Where have these been all my life?! I have always grown herbs and had a garden the traditional way (in pots or in a garden bed). I love these because my husband and I travel a lot, so we're able to hook these babies up to a water source and timer...and voila!!!! Plants are stayin' alive! I bought three panels, but am going to order more and do a whole wall of the house." —Yee Jensen

    Get an eight-pot section from Amazon for $65.

    17. Or a modular garden bed kit made from recycled plastic that'll help you build a raised garden bed in no time. This'll come in handy because it allows you to expand your garden easily as your plants grow in size.

    The kit, which looks like giant Lego blocks
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I ordered two sets that snapped into a raised bed in a flash. A tap or three with a rubber mallet and it was done. Works best to assemble on a flat surface and carry to a prepared spot. You can also use the boxes as weed barriers! How clever is that? I was so pleased I ordered two more sets for myself." —Janice

    Get it from The Grommet for $69.95.

    18. Or a soil-free AeroGarden Harvest for gardeners who want fresh herbs picked straight from...their countertop. This hydroponic system removes most of the mess and stress of traditional gardening, plus it alerts you when it's time to water and feed your plants.

    The AeroGarden in a light sage color

    Check out my colleague's AeroGarden review for more deets!

    Promising review: "Got this a couple of weeks ago. I've wanted one FOREVER and was so happy, but didn't let my hopes get the best of me — I can't keep plants alive. At all. Ever. Easy set up with easy instructions and it was done and working its magic in 10 minutes. So imagine my excitement when just a few days later I had a sprout! Then another. Then another! While I thoroughly believe my morning affirmations to the little sprouts work, it's probably the awesome design and ease of use. It tells you when it needs water or nutrients (liquid, in a bottle). It's silent, except for a barely audible trickle sound every hour. You will not regret this purchase!" —Amy V

    Get it from AeroGarden for $119.96 (originally $149.95; also available in white).

    19. A handle attachment to put less of a strain on your back when you're raking, shoveling, or sweeping in your garden. You can position it along the shaft of whatever tool you're using so you can stand up straighter instead of hunching over.

    The attachment, which has a handle grip, attached to a shovel

    This clip-on handle will come in handy all year, as many reviewers say it's especially useful in the winter and makes shoveling snow so much easier.

    Promising review: "I am using this on my long-handled garden tools, and it is definitely makes the digging/cultivating easier, and it helps my back. I highly recommend this!" —K. Buckner

    Get it from Amazon for $9.84 (available in three colors).

    20. A stand-up weeder because the worst part of gardening is having to kneel for hours plucking weeds. My back hurts just thinking about it! Thankfully, this tool has four steel claws that grip weeds and roots so you can pull them out while standing.


    Pro tip: Use this after your yard has received some rain so the soil is soft and the claws can easily penetrate the ground without damaging the claws.

    Promising review "This thing is stinking incredible. It should come standard when you get a house. My yard was full of weeds from the last owner, and I filled two buckets full of weeds with this thing in 20 minutes. I had some serious weeds and it got them all in one go, even enormous ones. Best part? To release the weed from the tool is like cocking a shotgun, so you even get to pretend you're hunting zombies while de-weeding your yard." —Carolyn P

    Get it from Amazon for $47.30.

    21. A gardening journal if you want all your plant knowledge in one place. It's filled with gardening tips, as well as other useful tidbits like the best time to plant certain veggies, how to enrich your soil, and suggestions for fertilizing your crops.

    The cover

    Promising review: "I’ve had some gardening experience with others over the years but have really wanted to have my own little garden. This book recommended in the back of an heirloom seed catalog and added it to my wish list. It did not disappoint. The dates tell me what to start, what to plant, how to prepare my garden. In fall and winter months it still gives ways for you to prepare and do maintenance. It has lots of resources and great new info and tips. This book was a great immersion into getting started and having my hand held a bit as I learn my own timelines and such. I can see this book being a great little guide for years to come." —Kayla L.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A Stab-A-Nut for picking up nuts and sweet gum balls without having to bend over and in record time. Your back thanks you and your garden will look spiffy in a flash!

    The Stab-A-Nut, which has long teeth for picking up a lot of nuts at once

    Promising review: "Bought this for my dad whose back gets to barking picking up the thousands of sweet gum balls...pokey balls as we call 'em. He's used it a few times now and says it definitely helps his back and doesn't take too much extra time, if any, than doing it by hand. He says you do have to play around a little bit to get used to adjusting the head around as you're picking them up so you can fit as many as possible in the fingers before emptying. But it doesn't take long to get the hang of it. It works picking up from rocks (without picking up the rocks) and in grass as well as hard surfaces. Although these aren't the cheapest items to purchase and don't replace the shoveling of large piles, they do seem to work as advertised when going around picking up the random scattered ones if you can't shell out the $$$ for the larger machines this company makes." —Eric

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    23. A pair of leaf scoops to ~re-leaf~ your knees and back when you're tidying up your garden. These are great for picking up leaves that fall after a heavy rain as well as cleaning up dead leaves in the fall.

    Model holding the scoops and transferring a large handful of leaves into a trash can

    Promising review: "We have a very large wooded property that requires a lot of leaf and sticks to be raked up. We have tried various brands of leaf scoops but most lasted not even one season. Since purchasing the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops are job has been much easier. First of all is the way your hands grasp the scoops. These are much more ergonomic and are actually like extensions of your own hands. Second, these are very sturdy and do not bend when trying to pick up a pile of sticks and debris. We have made it through the season so far without issue. Next will be the dreaded fall cleanup. I highly recommend the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops which make our yard, woods and garden cleanup easier." —trouble54

    Get a pair from Amazon for $24.95.

    24. A set of personalized plant labels because you're the type of gardener to forget which herb is which. It's about ~thyme~ to make some ~sage~ decisions and get these markers.

    The brightly colored markers
    SophiaVictoriaJoy / Etsy

    Promising review: "Just what I wanted. So pleased with the personalization as I wanted them for some slightly more obscure herbs. Arrived quickly and well packaged. Very happy, many thanks" —Carol Morrison

    Get them from SophiaVictoriaJoy on Etsy for $4.55 (available in six colors).

    25. A spray bottle if your plants aren't looking their best. A few spritzes every now and then can help remove dirt, dust, pests, and fungal spores from your plants' leaves. It also helps keep the leaves moist and shiny.

    The spray bottle, which is about the size of an air freshener spray

    Promising review: "I got this for spraying my plants, and it does a great job. It produces a much finer mist than the regular spray bottle I had before, so the leaves are wet but not messy and drippy. I think the 10-ounce bottle is a good size for this purpose — slim enough to fit on the windowsill nook but tall enough to last a while between fillings. I've been using a soap mixture and it hasn't gummed up anything yet. I'm quite happy with it!" —marshlight

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes).

    26. Some Irish Spring soap for deterring the furry critters and pests from having a nibble in your vegetable garden. Seriously, cutting this soap into cubes and spreading it around your garden in mesh bags can ward off hungry wildlife as they hate they smell.

    The soap
    @irishspring / Via

    Promising review: "I bought it to keep the deer and rabbits out of my garden. It works!" —Eddie McElyea

    Get 20 bars from Amazon for $17.66.

    27. A handheld sharpener to transform your dull shears into a tool that can actually cut instead something that just smushes the stems. You might be surprised how well your garden tools work once you sharpen them.

    The sharpener, which is U-shaped and has an easy-to-grip handle

    Promising review: "I sharpened my fine gardening snipping shears (I also bought the Pruning Tool sharpener, which I still have to use), my kitchen shears (the ones that come apart in two), and my sewing shears. It's a great product and I love that you can buy replacement carbides some day." —Kimberly Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

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