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Having the right tools available when you’re growing plants in containers can make some of the chores easier. Most of the following items are available at garden centers or through mail-order suppliers.

  • Hose-end bubbler: Screw this attachment to the end of the hose and use it to soften the flow of water so you don’t wash out soil. A metal hose-end extension allows you to water overhead baskets and containers that are normally beyond arm’s reach.

  • Scrub brush: Use a brush to nudge soil, moss, and salt deposits off your containers.

  • Hand truck: You need one of these if you want to move heavy containers indoors or if you do a lot of outdoor redecorating.

  • Watering can: With a watering can, you can also apply liquid fertilizer as you water.

  • Soil scoop (trowel): This tool comes in handy when filling containers with potting soil or when mixing small quantities of potting soil. (For larger quantities, use a shovel.)

  • Mister: Indoor plants often need extra humidity. Apply moisture with a small hand sprayer.

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