I need my trowel and mini cultivator. I use them often to plant annuals and to weed sections etc. I'd be lost without them. I like garden fiskars too for small clipping and also hand pruners for shrub pruning. Hedge trimmers for bushes. It's easy to get carried away with tools to make jobs easier, but I think you can get away with a shovel, rake, water source, and something to trim bushes/shrubs.
A garden bench/kneeler will save your back & knees. I have one like this and love it. http://www.thegardenerswarehouse.com/shop/ShowProduct.asp?p_Item No=JBI2000
With the handtools, take the time to find those that fit like they were made for your hand. You will be using them for a lifetime and having ones that you love will add all that more to a relaxing fun time gardening.
Have fun gardening Jenn, it really does bring joy to your life.:rose:
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