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Small garden tools: the best kit for small gardens

Here are a selection of the best space saving tools for small gardens

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If you have a small garden, you might need the tools to match it. Having too much clutter in a small space can be difficult to manage, so we’ve rounded up a selection of small garden tools that are excellent space saving options and should still be of use in your small garden.

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For more small garden inspiration, don’t miss our piece on tips for small gardens, as well as our planting and garden design plans for small gardens. 

The best small garden tools

BergHOFF Portable BBQ

BergHOFF Portable BBQ

You don’t have to have a large garden to enjoy the delights of a BBQ. This BergHOFF Portable BBQ is designed to be versatile and is perfect for small gardens or spaces. With handy carrying handle, you could also use it for days out in the park. It has a cork lid, which can be used as a heat resistant base, if you’re worried about surfaces getting too hot. Don’t miss our list of the best outdoor ovens and pizza ovens.

Cost: £129

Buy from  marksandspencer.com

Ferm Living Bau Balcony Plant Box

Ferm Living Bau Balcony Plant Box

A perfect addition to any small garden balcony. This planting box hooks neatly onto your railings and increases your planting space with style. It’s galvanised steel and is weather proof, so should maintain its colour and not rust after rain. The size is H20x W45.5 x D18cm and it comes in dark blue, dark green or warm grey

Cost: £69 

Buy from amara.com

Hasa Industrial Wall Hung Shelf

Hasa Industrial Wall Hung Shelf

Another versatile option for a balcony or small garden space, this wall hung shelf can act as perfect storage, while also having a smart and attractively industrial aesthetic. There’s space for pots on top and tools underneath, which is how we like our storage: efficient. It’s made from iron and mango wood and comes from India via ethically-focused brand Nkuku.  The sizing is 33 x 92 x 20.5cm which makes it a perfect size for your small garden or balcony.

Cost: £195

Buy it from nkuku.com

Veritable Smart Copper Indoor Garden

Veritable Smart Copper Indoor Garden

Perhaps your small garden isn’t actually outside but a little space on a ledge in the kitchen instead. If this is the area you’re contending with, then this nifty smart garden may be the perfect option for you. This comes with four herb blocks included, but if they need replacing, you can always choose what you want in there too. It has a hydroponic growing system and holds two litres of water. The indoor garden is fitted with an automatic light and water intensity adjuster, and what’s more, you can download an app that will alert you if the water is getting low. It’s a place where technology and gardens work hand-in-hand.

Cost: £189

Buy from selfridges.com

Planting Trowel

Sneerboer long thin trowel

An excellent tool for reaching awkward areas in the garde, for planting seedlings and ripping up weeds too. This long thin trowel is designed by Sneerboer, which is a company that hand makes excellent garden tools in Holland.  The blade measures 18cm long and the tool is 35cm long overall. The steelwork has a ten year guarantee and the handle a year-long guarantee. It’s definitely a tool to rely upon. Don’t miss our list of the best garden trowels to buy. 

Cost: £44.95

Buy from www.harrodhorticultural.com 

Design House Stockholm Greenhouse Terrarium

Design House Stockholm Greenhouse Terrarium

A terrarium doesn’t have to just be for fancy succulents. This beautifully designed option can stand in a corner of your house, small garden or balcony and work to protect your plants like a greenhouse would. Designed by Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont for an exhibition staged by Wallpaper exhibition, this has a simple, bare-wood aesthetic that will look at home anywhere in your small garden or house.

The size is 75 x 40 x 135cm  but height includes legs which are sold separately.

Cost: £540.50, 

Buy from www.thecoolrepublic.com

Ergo Hoe

Ergo Hoe

This Burgon & Ball hand hoe is designed by Sophie Conran and the shape and angle of the blade, which is on the inside of the hoe, makes it so much easier to weed. It’s small, too, which means it will stack away neatly on a shelf or little corner. A great garden tool for a small garden. Burgon & Ball is a reliable British brand which has been making tools in Sheffield since 1730. The size is 24 x 9 x 7.8 cm

Cost £16.99

Buy from Amazon.co.uk  

Design House Stockholm Flower Pot Stand

Design House Stockholm Flower Pot Stand

Varying heights can be a useful tool in a small garden or balcony garden. This flower pot stand is the perfect way of making sure your pots are visible over each other, and can be used for storage, stacking or perching. Each step is of a different width, which means you can play with what you place on it and it works very well indoors to make a green feature area of a corner. The size dimensions are height: 78 cm, width: 65 cm, depth: 53 cm. We round up our favourite indoor pots here. 

Cost: £190

Buy from:  Nordicnest.com

Pitched Roof Pot Holder

Pitched Roof Pot Holder

A nifty way of storing small houseplants either inside or out. You could make this a feature on your kitchen or bathroom wall, or attach it to the wall of a balcony. The weatherproof stain paint makes it resistant to the elements and there are shelves to make sure your pots stay put. The size is 68 x 57.5 x 13cm, so it’s a perfect small garden tool.

Cost:  £45

Buy from www.gardentrading.co.uk

Repo Hanging Storage

Repo Hanging Storage

More handy storage design for small gardens or small balcony spaces, this time in the form of this hanging bag made from 100 per cent organic cotton. An easy thing to hang on a wall or from a handle which can happily store your garden tools. Size wise, it’s a perfect small garden tool at 43 x 50cm and is big enough to fit magazines, too. A wall mount for your copies of Gardens Illustrated perhaps?

Cost: £46.50

Buy from oyoylivingdesign.co.uk

Skagerak By Your Side Tray Table

Skagerak By Your Side Tray Table

A soft teak handle on an aluminium side tray that can be easily folded up. A handy tool for small gardens or balcony spaces and can be used as a mini work space, potting area or even just a drinks table. It’s for use both indoors or outdoors and the little groves at the side of the tray mean that water easily slides out from it. This is anthracite black, but there are several colours to choose from and the size is  49 x 42 x 43cm.

Cost: £259 

Buy from nest.co.uk

Pallarès Hedge Shears

Pallarès Hedge Shears

These beautiful and simple hedge shears are handmade in Catalonia in the workshop of the only tool maker left in the town of Cuchillería Pallarès. Forged with carbon steel, the blades are 30cm and the handles are beechwood. There’s an adjustable pivot on the blades, which means you can easily loosen the blades for when you need to sharpen your tools. We like them because they are such a simple, small design and far from unwieldy. A perfect tool for your small garden or balcony.

Cost: £33

Buy from objectsofuse.com

Foldable Firepit

Foldable Firepit

Who says you need space for a fire pit? This fire pit is handily flat packed, so it easily folds away when you’re not using it but still provides the warmth and atmosphere when you need it. It has a raw steel finish, which means it’s age nicely and add interest after use. It could be used on a patio, balcony, small garden or you could take it with you on adventures. We love the idea of it being foldable, making it perfect for small gardens and balcony spaces. The size is 22 x 50 x 50cm. Don’t miss our pick of the best fire pits for your garden. 

Cost: €290

Buy from rawsaol.com

Wood Display Ladder

Wood Display Ladder

While some might use this as a towel rail, we think this charming wood display ladder could be handy for garden storage too. The pegs mean you can hang drying flowers or even pot plants off them and any material or cloth for an aesthetic touch too. It could also work as a garden tool rail, hanging brushes, clippers and more from the pegs. We also love the rustic look and although it probably shouldn’t be out in all weathers, under cover or in a little greenhouse it would look perfect. The size is W 38 (at base) x D4.5 x H150cm.

Cost: £89

Buy from nordichouse.co.uk

Frederik Roijé Canal Birdhouse

Frederik Roijé Canal Birdhouse

If your garden is small, it doesn’t mean you can’t encourage wildlife. In fact, the more little outside spaces that offer homes for birds, bees and butterflies the better. This small birdbox could be inhabited by a series of winged friends. The design riffs on the iconic canal homes in Amsterdam and there are options to attach it with different gables, so you could put it on a tree or a wall. It’s made from plywood and brass and should be weather resistant too. Size: height: 21 cm, Depth: 11 cm, Length: 14 cm. Here are some ideas on how to encourage wildlife in gardens of all sizes.

Cost: £24.90

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