Burgon and Ball Hand Trowel Slightly smaller than most, this rust-resistant beauty can get into tight spots. The carved-wood handle is light but sturdy, and so comfortable it could keep you in the garden all day.
Womanswork Weeding Gloves
Made of thin rubber and breathable nylon (your hands won’t sweat), these offer ultimate tactility, so you can grasp even tiny, hard-to-get weeds. Available in three colors; machine washable.
Felco Ergonomic Premium #8 The last pair you’ll ever buy. This expert stainless clipper has a divot to whisk away sap, rubber bumpers to absorb shock, and a notch for cutting wire. All parts are replaceable.
Sneeboer Raised Bed Cultivator
Hand forged in the Netherlands, this three-tined classic, which is long enough to reach under shrubs, makes turning soil, mixing in fertilizer, and unearthing big weeds a pleasure.
Lee Valley Tools Border Spade A stainless-steel blade and seamless construction (the head will never jiggle) guarantee that this digger is in it for the long haul. Great for edging, uprooting, and making holes.
Tomita Japanese Soil Digging Tool
A life changer—serrated on one side, smooth on the other, with a rubberized wooden grip. It pries out stones, saws through roots, and digs deep enough for planting bulbs.
To buy:Unfortunately, this product is no longer available. For something similar, try the Multi-Purpose Hori-Hori Knife, $26.50, amleo.com.