11 things every gardener needs

New to gardening? Then here's a list of those all-important tools you will need… And even if you're an old hand, you might still be tempted by some gorgeous new garden buys…

1 Gardening gloves
Protecting your hands is vital, so they don't end up all sore and scratched. Go for a pretty design that will make you look forward to tackling the weeds.

Hinchcliffe & Barber Songbird garden gloves, £13, John Lewis

songbird garden gloves

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2 Trowel
This Wild & Wolf design for the V&A is just fabulous. A matching fork is also available for the same price.

Palamos garden trowel, £19.95, Wild & Wolf at Present Provider

garden trowel

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3 Secateurs
Print designer Orla Kiely has branched into
gardening tools, with these pretty secateurs that will brighten your day,
even if the sky is cloudy.

Orla Kiely flower secateurs, £25, John Lewis

flower secateurs

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4 Garden string
Who said garden string had to be dull? We love this cute tin.

Burgon & Ball string in a tin, £6.95, Katie Jane Home

stainless steel digging spade

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5 Spade
This is a classic design at a great price.

Kent & Stowe stainless-steel digging spade, £19.99, Longacres

stainless steel digging spade

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6 Rake
An attractive buy that's ideal for raking surface soil up to two inches deep.

National Trust soil rake, £16.99, Buydirect4u


national trust soil rake

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7 Kneeling pad
Gardening is hard work, but you can make it easier to kneel down with this cute floral cushion.

PVC gardener's kneeling pad, £19.50, The Contemporary Home

pvc gardener kneeling pad

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8 Watering can
This one holds up to five litres of water, so you won't have to keep refilling it all the time.

Watering can, £25, Garden Trading

watering can

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9 Lawnmower
Mowing the lawn can be a pain, but a good mower will make it easier. This one is suitable for small to medium lawns. Consider something larger if you have a big garden.

Mountfield rotary petrol mower, £149.99, Screwfix

mountfield rotary petrol mower

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10 Wellies
Look stylish while you garden with a cool pair of wellies that will protect your clothes from getting dirty.

Wellington boots, £90, Hunter

wellington boots

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11 Seeds
And now you're ready to get planting. Check out your local garden centre to purchase all the seeds and plants you need.