The Best Gardening Gear of 2021
Tools to give anyone a green thumb
Foxgloves Gardening Gloves-Grip ($27)
These form-fitting nylon gloves are soft and light, with silicone dots on the palms for a secure grip. The snug extended cuffs protect your wrists from thorns and scratches and won’t gap open.
Jungmaven Campy Pants ($198)
The comfy Campy is made of a hemp-cotton twill that’s thick enough to armor against prickers but flexible enough for crouching and bending all day long.
Stream2Sea Sun+Sting Soothing Gel ($4)
Between poison ivy and UV rays, summer isn’t always the happiest time for human skin. This gel combines aloe with wakame seaweed, green tea extract, and other natural ingredients to help calm and nourish.
Mountain Hardwear Sunshadow Hoodie ($80)
The Sunshadow offers breezy protection with stretch-woven antimicrobial fabric and a cut built for mobility. (Hello, armpit gussets.) A generous zip pocket in front is handy for holding your gloves or phone.
Merrell Hydro Mocs ($50)
This clog has it all: arch support, a heel strap, and a grippy sole. The foamlike plastic helps on wet, slippery ground, and you can hose it off when you’re done.
Buff UV Insect Shield Sleeves ($27)
Tuck these lightweight arm covers in your pocket and you’ll have protection at a moment’s notice. The silky stretch-polyester fabric boasts UPF 40-plus sun blocking and an odorless insect repellent that lasts up to 70 washes.
Muck Outscape Low Sneakers ($100)
Muck’s pull-on neoprene Outscape has a breathable lining, a memory-foam footbed, and a nylon stability shank—perfect for days when you want more protection than clogs but less coverage than boots.
Dramm Watering Can (from $12)
Dramm made its can out of thick injection-molded plastic, with a comfortable handle and a long spout for reduced spilling when watering hard-to-reach plants.
Hemlock Goods Bandana ($14)
Even classics deserve an upgrade. Hemlock Goods’ screen-printed bandanas showcase gorgeous hand-drawn patterns on 100 percent cotton.
Nisaku Full Tang Hori Hori Knife ($30)
Trowel-like digging knives are beloved by gardeners for weeding, digging, and even cutting small branches and roots. Nisaku’s has a full tang for stability and a stainless-steel blade that holds an edge nicely.