ISSUE 43  |  Small Living

Tiny Tools for Tending Indoor Gardens

October 22, 2012 7:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Outdoor tools can be clumsy companions for indoor gardens. Rather than reaching for your silverware to do the job, consider scaled-down garden tools perfectly sized for tending terrariums and house plants.

See our earlier post “Tiny, Perfect Worlds” for miniature indoor landscape inspirations.

Above: Roost’s Terrarium Tools are made of stainless steel with wood handles; $48 for the set of three at Anthropologie.

Above: Rumford Gardener’s Mini Indoor Garden Tool Set includes three miniature hand tools (a trowel, cultivator, and transplanter), as well as a scaled-down pruner and floral snips; $22.99 at Amazon.

Above: The Japanese Terrarium Rake has three tines on one end for raking and digging, and a blade on the other for cutting or placing new plants; $18 at Terrain. For more Japanese garden tools, see “Tools of the Trade.”

Above: Lightweight and easy to handle, the Japanese Steel Snips measure 4 inches in length, the perfect size for clipping fresh herbs from your window garden or grooming your terrarium plants; $20 at Terrain. See more Japanese gardening tools in our roundup of Japanese garden scissors.

Above: Old household tools can be recycled and made into indoor plant tools. See Martha Stewart’s video “Terrarium Tools” for ideas to make your own. Image via Blithewold Gardens.