As a long time pea patcher, there is a basic Pea Patch Tool Kit I’ve come to rely on. I bring them with me every time I visit.
The tools all fit nicely into a plastic bucket with a lid. (A lid is great to have in case of rain, but it also allows the bucket double as a garden stool.) Many of these are the same as those I use in my home garden but are less expensive versions in case they get lost (or permanently borrowed) while at the pea patch.
1. Hori Hori Knife
The best! Endlessly useful for opening bags of soil, breaking up compacted roots at planting time, popping out weeds, transplanting seedlings and more.
2. Soft Wire Ties
One of my best finds for the veggie garden. Seriously. Wire coated with a spongy material that won’t injure plants, it makes it easy to tie up heavy tomato vines and wandering squash vines. And you can use them over and over again.
3. Stretchy Tape
A great solution for tying up floppy plants. Especially good for securing stems to stakes (like Dahlias).
4. Nitrile Coated Garden Gloves
With waterproof palms and a comfortable grip, these garden gloves are inexpensive and essential for protecting hands and lessening fatigue.
Throw a small bottle in your bucket so it’s always handy.
6. Hose End Sprayer
For the pea patch, I opt for a less expensive, plastic version with at least a few spray patterns. (Not supplied at Patches.) Good for general watering, but the finer spray is best for watering in newly-planted seeds.
7. Seed Container
I use an old cookie tin to store them. It’s airtight and all my seeds are in one place.
8. String in a Can
Another indispensable tool. It has a cutter in the lid so you don’t even need to reach for the scissors.
9. Cheap Pruners
Inexpensive bypass pruners are useful for cutting thicker stems, like Dahlias and Sunflowers, and cutting thin bamboo stakes to size.
The weighted head of this hammer-like tool is perfect for driving in support stakes or fencing.
I use an old pair for cutting herbs and flowers.
12. Bug Repellent
Don’t let the skeeters chase you out of your garden. Keep a small container in your bucket so you’re ready to fight back.
Depending on what you decide to grow, you might want to add a few specialized tools, but be selective. Your kit needs to be light enough to carry easily from your car to your plot.