Experienced farmers and gardeners have an arsenal of farming tools to aid in farming hence reducing labor and increasing the output.
Check out some of these useful farming tools that you can add to your homestead.
23 Functional Farming Tools That Every Homestead Needs
1. Stainless Steel Soil Sampler
Knowing the mineral composition of your garden or lawn soil is the key to productive farming. Therefore, having a soil sampler makes it easy for you to get soil samples from your garden for testing.
This soil sampler by Neobeauty is 20-inches long with an outer diameter of 0.98-inches. What’s more, the sampler has markings at 7.87 intervals so that you can know your sampling depths. The soil sample is also desired with comfort in mind hence a 9.44-inch stainless steel handle.
The soil sampler is the perfect balance between functionality, affordability, and portability. It is designed so that you can easily inspect and eject the soil sample. Don’t worry about storage, as the soil sampler is easy to clean and is durable.
2. Seed Starter Tray
Due to their growth requirements, certain plants need to be started in a controlled environment before being transplanted outdoors. Hence the need for seed starter trays in your farm tools shed.
Whether your plants need a controlled environment or you want to start in the germination trays, these seedling trays by Workease come with adjustable vents that allow you to regulate the humidity and temperature, giving control of your seeds germination process.
Moreover, the trays have drainage holes that prevent root saturation by ensuring proper drainage. With each tray consisting of ten cells, you can rest assured that you will have enough space to start as many seedlings as you want.
The trays are made of high material making them durable and reusable. Even better, the trays can be used on a heat mat. You will also love the ton of accessories that come with these Workease Seed Starter Trays.
3. Pick Mattock Hoe
Weeds are a nuisance to every farmer, but a pick mattock hoe makes weeding and other gardening activities easier with its fiberglass handle and a forged head. It comes with a 1.58-inch cutting edge making it powerful enough to dig, split root or loosen soil, and it is easy to dissemble for easier storage or transport.
This mattock by ZOENHOU also comes with a 17.7-inch anti-slip and shock-absorbing handle. Therefore, it becomes sticky hence reducing pressure on your hands when you sweat. The best part is that the pickaxe is suiting for many activities, including prying heavy objects.
4. Portable Watering Sprayer
This air pressure features a belt and a highly efficient electric press making it ideal for gardening use. It also has a large capacity making it convenient for watering your garden at a go.
Moreover, it is easy to use since all you have to do is press the switch and start watering. What’s more, you can adjust the sprayer nozzle to achieve your desire results. I like this farming tool because it can double as a pesticide sprayer, too, as long as you clean it thoroughly after using it to spray pesticides.
5. All-Purpose Broadcast Spreader
An ATV All-Purpose Broadcast Spreader will come in handy if you have an average-sized farm. That is, not big enough for a tractor but somewhat big for physical or manual planting.
This ATV spreader by Buyers Products is designed for durability and is rustproof. With a 100lb capacity, the spreader is ideal for farming, landscaping, hunting, and even ground maintenance.
It features a rain cover to prevent its hopper-mounted 12V motor, seeds, fertilizer, or animal feed from the elements. It is also lightweight and easy to mount on your ATV or riding lawnmower.
6. Hydroponic Grow Kits As Farm
Farming shouldn’t be limited to the ground, especially when space is an issue. Soilless methods of farming have been seen to yield more while using way fewer resources.
This grow-kit by Sidasu features 72 holes providing more than enough room for you to grow your spinach or lettuce. It is made of food-grade material and has a programmable circulation system that you can set manually or automatically to best suit your crops.
Lastly, it is easy to assemble hence beginner-friendly and is a great way to grow your leafy vegetables, especially in tight spaces.
7. Planting Dibber
Every avid gardener can appreciate how handy a quality dibber can be during planting seasons. I love this Zenport Planting Dibber because even such a lightweight, it is durable and features a reinforced handle that allows you to grip firmly.
Though it is made of plastic, it is pointed end is sharp enough to puncture the ground to make planting holes. Simultaneously, the measurement units on the spike ensure you make uniform holes. Dibbers are such handy tools as they need no assembly and work manually.
8. Hand Tiller
Hand tillers are common farming tools, and they come in all shapes and sizes. This particular hand tiller features a carbon head and steel blade making it ideal for all heavy-duty activities on your farm.
It also comes with an ergonomic rubber reinforced handle for affirmer grip and comfort, reducing the chances of developing blisters and calluses. Its solid oak handle guarantees durability and strength, giving you all the confidence you need when tilling your vegetable or flower gardens.
The cherry on top is that this Edward Tools Hand Tiller comes with a lifetime warranty.
9. Hand Weeder Tool
Weeds can be a nuisance, especially when you do not have the right tools to get rid of them. Luckily for you, these Aceone Hand Weeder Tool is designed with a soft-grip handle to give you maximum control while reducing wrist and hand fatigue.
All you need to do is placed the curved part on the ground while simultaneously loosening the soil around the roots before pulling them out at the pointed fork ends. The aluminum ends are durable, rustproof, and study enough to be used in a wide array of gardening activities.
Note: They also come with a bag for easy storage after use.
10. Vent Greenhouse Window Opener
Part of controlling the conditions inside a greenhouse includes knowing when to open windows and when not to hence the need for this tool. This Bibistore Greenhouse Window Opener is made of stainless steel and aluminum; hence rusting will be the least of your concerns.
These automatic ventilation openers are reinforced with springs to withstand wind. It comes with screws and clamps, which makes installation on your greenhouse window or vent effortless.
Its dual spring design makes them ideal for awning-style greenhouse windows.
11. Bean Sprouts Maker Machine
Sprouts are nutritious, and a machine designed to grow sprouts is every gardener’s dream, especially if you can grow them in different season modes like with this bean sprout grower from Poweka. Moreover, it has a memory-function within eight hours of disruption.
This sprouts machine is designed with food-grade PP material and has an electricity and water design, leaving no room for hazards and leakages. It is also furnished with an automatic and 360-degree sprinkler to ensure even germination and growth.
I like that you can grow different types of sprouts at the same time or separately.
12. Compost Soil Thermometer
For compost to be beneficial to our plants, microbial activities need to be at an optimum. This is usually when the compost temperature ranges between 135 -160 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, a thermometer will come in handy in knowing the best time to utilize your compost.
This Greenco Gardening compost thermometer features an easy-to-read dial that has been color-coded to know the best time to use your compost. Its high-quality lens is specifically designed to keep out moisture and avoid fogging, especially when in use.
It comes with a lifetime warranty, not to mention a 100% money-back guarantee to unsatisfied customers.
13. Clearing Sickle
A homestead farm is not complete without a sickle to aid in clearing weeds among gardening activities like clearing thickets, vines, harvesting, and even edging out lawns. Thankfully, this brand by Zelin comes with an ergonomic handle to guarantee you comfort during any of these gardening activities.
With such a sharp cutting edge, it has increased tensile strength, which hence more cutting power. Its elegant look makes it the perfect gift idea for a great gardener.
14. Wrecking Bar
A crowbar is a sturdy farming tool for digging holes, but it will also do a great job digging out stumps and stones. This GreatNeck Wrecking Bar is made from forged steel which guarantees the very much needed strength and durability.
It has a functional length of 36-inches which means it will reach most if not all the areas you need it to. Moreover, the nail puller on the gooseneck end provides all the leverage you need during work. Also, the chisel head on the other end gives you all the control you need during working.
Lastly, it heat-treated hence corrosion and rust-resistant, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
15. Bow Rake
Rakes come in all sizes and shapes, not to mention with a ton of useful accessories. Your pick is therefore dependent on your needs and your budget, but this Horse Secret Bow Rake has a solid build making it ideal for heavy garden work.
What’s more, it has extra sharp blades to pierce into the ground to dig, loosen soil or dig. This makes it a handy garden tool when you want to work in compost or fertilizers in the soil. The best about using a rake is that your garden soil will always be loose, which is advantageous for crops.
Note: The rubber handle provides a firm grip needed for working with a rake.
This Garden Star Marathon Yard Rover features two air-filled wheels making it easy to lift and balance while maneuvering in your homestead. Its strong loop handle enables you to easily pull, push or even bend the wheelbarrow to dump the contents.
It is perfect for subsistence use with a rust-resistant poly tray that has a capacity of 300 pounds. It is easy to assemble and weighs only 25 pounds making it a lightweight addition to your farming tools arsenal.
17. Hand Pruner
Being a basic and perhaps the most used farming tool, a quality hand will be a great investment in your homestead. The Corona MAXForged Aluminum Bypass Hand Pruner features a self-cleaning groove that cleans all the plant sap during use so that you do not have to stop mid-way to clean your pruner.
With such a high-carbon steel blade, this hand pruner can cut a branch up to one inch wide. Its narrow-profile hook and slant-ground make this pruner for cutting in tight and hard-to-reach spaces.
It also features a shock-absorbing bumper and a thumb lock functionality to guarantee you the most comfortable cut. Its blades are durable but easy to change should you want to.
18. Gardening Gloves
Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Working Gloves must be every gardener’s dream with their unmatched breathability that helps keep your hand warm during winter and cool during summer. These working gloves have a bare hand sensitivity which makes them touchscreen-friendly.
As a result, you don’t have to take the gloves off to take a picture of your garden. What’s more, the gloves are comfortable compared to other brands as they have a snug fit. This makes working with them almost natural.
19. Gardening Apron
Besides keeping you tidy, aprons are also convenient in keeping your small farming tools within reach. This makes gardening smooth and enjoyable.
Luckily for you, this BOJECHER Garden Apron has 14 pockets. This is more than enough to keep your farming tools close. What’s more, you can use this apron for a load of other activities in your homestead like carpentry, home repairs, welding, lawn care, and many more.
The apron is made of a quality wear-resistant material that is also breathable and comfortable to wear when working. With a long adjustable waist strap, it will fit most sizes and is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment.
20. Grub Hoe
A quality grub hoe will help your break and crush hard topsoil after the hot and dry summer months. The Truper 33119 Tru Pro Forged Eye Hoe features a 54-inch premium grade white ash handle from North America. This gives you the perfect and functional ratio of resistance to flexibility which is essential in the garden.
It also a quality seven-inch eye hoe head. With such a wide reach, you can bet that you will be in your garden for a shorter period as each strike has a far-reaching blow on the soil.
Though there are different types of shovels for specific functions, most of them will help you mix soil, dig, move trash, among other functions. With a 46-inch length, Fiskars Square Garden Spade will be your hail Mary in edging, digging, turf slicing, and even cutting trenches.
Its D-handle design provides a firm two-handed control when digging regardless of whether you are wearing gloves or not. The hardened 14-gauge steel blade and 18-gauge shaft guarantee you the durability you will not see in wood-handled shovels.
Note: Its sharp blade easily penetrates tough soil and breaks down hard soil clods.
22. Spading Fork
Spading forks are useful farming tools when you need to dig out roots, turn material in a compost pile, or loosen soil in your garden. Therefore, one made of forged steel is powerful enough to penetrate the soil and perform any one of these roles.
Additionally, this spading fork by True Temper comes with a 30-inch hardwood handle for durability and strengths. A 30-inch length also ensures that you do not hurt your back when working with the spading fork, not to mention its D-grip handle.
23. Hand Trowel
Hand trowels are great for loosening soil around plants but can also be used for taking up plants, digging during planting, and even turning the soil. The ergonomic design on the Fiskars Hand Trowel’s handle minimizes wrist and hand fatigue when working.
The polished aluminum head is rust-resistant hence durable. This brand’s hand trowel also comes with a lifetime warranty.
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There you go, newbies. Most if not everything in this list will give you an upper hand as you start your homesteading and farming endeavor. Keep in mind that most of these farming tools come in different types for different functions.
Therefore, pick the right tool for your farming needs at a given time. What’s more, you can use most of these farming tools in various ways, which will save you money in the long run.
Are you an experienced homesteader? What other farming tools do you think would fit in this list? Let us know in the comment section below!
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