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Nine gardening essentials for small gardens

These garden tools and accessories will help you make the most of a compact outdoor space

Published: August 4, 2021 at 7:00 am
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With the sun shining and the temperature rising outside, it’s only natural to start looking at ways you can liven up your outdoor spaces. But not all of us have the luxury of a large garden, which means we need to get a little more creative and careful with our outside planning.


If you’re looking to grow your own kitchen garden of fruit and vegetables, gardening expert and Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange podcast host Sarah Raven suggests splitting the space up into four quadrants.

‘The four beds are then allocated to different plant groups: one for roots including potatoes, beetroot and carrots; one for things like beans and peas; one for salad and herbs; and one for a hotchpotch of things such as courgettes, sweetcorn and leafy greens, chard, kale and spinach,’ says Sarah.

However, if ground space is limited then it’s time to look upwards. ‘If you’ve got no floor space to play with, take it from the window to the wall!’ says Samantha MacNamara, Senior Brand Manager at Rowse Honey. ‘Window boxes will help you to curate curb appeal while also providing bees with swarms of nutrients.’

Tall yet compact greenhouses are great for those looking to start growing vegetables and come in handy when the weather gets colder.

Get a selection of tools such as rakes, spades and weeders – you can find small handheld designs that can be stored away compactly after use. Read on for our picks!

Essential equipment to make the most of a small garden

4 tier mini greenhouse

Tier mini greenhouse

Designed with small spaces in mind, this mini greenhouse offers all the benefits of a full-size version in a smaller, compact unit. It has a strong powder coated steel frame and resilient PVC cover with a zip panel door for easy access and ventilation for your plants.

  • Suitable for use all year round
  • Quick assembly
  • Measures 158 x 69 x 49cm
  • Weatherproof protection
  • Four removable shelves
  • £24.99

Buy 4-tier mini greenhouse from VonHaus

Sophie Conran gardening tools

Sophie Conran gardening tools

These gardening tools designed by Sophie Conran are a great gift for any budding gardener - each item comes in a pretty box. Pick and choose which pieces you need

  • Waxed FSC beechwood handles
  • Stainless steel heads
  • Brass ferrules
  • Comes gift boxed
  • Each tool sold separately
  • From £15

Buy trowel, weeder, compost scoop, precision secateurs, dibber or hand rake from

Canvas kneeler

Canvas kneeler

Get into even the smallest of bedding spots comfortably by protecting your knees when weeding or planting with this waterproof canvas garden kneeler. The foam inner cushion supports your knees, while the soft brown faux suede handle makes it easy to move around and hang up when done.

  • Waterproof
  • Handle to store
  • Comfortable filling
  • Measures 4.5 x 40 x26cm
  • £22

Buy canvas waterproof kneeler at Garden Trading

Foldable potting box

Wilko Foldable Potting Box

Whether you’re potting outside or on your kitchen counter, keep things tidy with this convenient potting box – simply unzip the front panel for easy access, sow or repot as needed then fold back up. This design even includes side pockets to keep seed packets to hand.

  • Measures 22 x 33 x 70cm
  • Folds away flat
  • Handy side pockets
  • Maximum load capacity 10kg
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • £3.75

Buy foldable potting box from Wilko

Foxmore Raised Cold Frame

Foxmore Raised Cold Frame

The perfect place to grow seedlings in a small garden space, this compact cold frame is made from natural pine and plexiglass to ensure plants can get sunlight while staying protected. The lid also lifts to six different heights for your choice of ventilation.

  • Measures 86 x 79 x 38cm
  • Weighs 13kg
  • Made from pine
  • Six opening positions
  • Handy bottom shelf
  • £140

Buy now from Garden Trading

Hozelock microreel hose

Hozelock microreel hose

A simple and lightweight watering system, this hose can be connected to an indoor mixer if you don’t have an outdoor garden tap. While it boasts a 10m hose length, there’s no need to pull it out fully and you can wind up and store neatly away after use.

  • 10m hose
  • Lightweight design
  • 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Fittings included
  • Compact design
  • £35.59

Buy microreel hose from

72-pocket hanging plant organiser

72-pocket hanging plant organiser

An ideal solution for compact gardens, this nifty 72-pocket hanging organiser for plants can help you to create a vertical garden – simply hang it on the wall using hooks, nails or string before filling each pocket with soil and your choice of plants or herbs.

  • 72 pockets
  • Made from durable felt
  • Easy to hang
  • Measures 100 x 100cm
  • Available in Green or Black
  • £10.99

Buy the 72-pocket plant organiser from

Norfolk Leisure Verdi plant stand

Norfolk Leisure Verdi plant stand

When it’s time for flowers to start blooming, pop this plant stand out in your small garden space. Its vintage-style yet sturdy design features four shelves you can fill with pots of pretty perennials or tasty herbs.

  • Measures 100 x 135 x 30cm
  • Four shelves
  • FSC 100 per cent eucalyptus wood
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • £179

Buy the Norfolk Leisure Verdi plant stand from Cuckooland

Florenity Grigio Potting Table

Florenity Grigio Potting Table

Complete with a handy shelves for storing spare plant pots, tools, or logs, this potting table is made of durable eucalyptus for use all year round. It comes in a painted finish, which is easy to wipe clean with a soft cloth and is a great base for organising and potting.

  • Measures 112 x 40 x 41cm
  • Eucalyptus wood
  • 1 year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Full assembly required
  • £179

Buy Florenity Grigio potting table from Dunelm

Words by Yvette Filer


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