There are several hand farm tools that are absolutely essential to own for every gardener. These tools are analogous to the tools a handy man may own in his tool box; without these items some projects are simply impossible to execute.
1. Small Handheld Shovel/Trowel
First and foremost you will need to have a small handheld shovel/trowel made out of a sturdy metal. This tool can be used to dig holes for planting seedlings, dig out dying plants, and to aid in weeding. Some weeds are too stubborn to be pulled out with your hands and must be uprooted using a small shovel.
2. Pruning Shears
Secondly, it is essential that you own a handheld pair of pruning shears equipped with two sharp blades. This tool is used during harvesting and maintenance to cut off dead or dying branches and protects your hands from thorns and sticker bushes.
3. Cultivator Rake
Lastly, a handheld rake (known as a cultivator) is an essential handheld farm tool which every gardener should own. It is used to prepare land before planting and to maintain the soil around established plants. This tool makes weeding easier and softens the soil in your garden more efficiently than your hands can.