Every amateur gardener need the basic tool to get the job done. Personal mine is very minimal. Depending on what size gardens you are using is depending on what you will need.
I have an air tight container to store my seeds. Number one to make sure they are not exposed to moisture during storage. I have a gardening bag which holds my seeds and my hand tools. Hand tools consist of shovel, fork, rake, and trowel. This is the kit I use when potting or planting out.
Now for soil prep you might need some more heavy duty tools. One the shovel. We have a square mouthed shovel which is great for moving soil and scraping weeds up so they can be raked, in an empty bed of course. We also have a shovel with a point. Now my husband had no idea why I would want such a thing when we had his heavy duty square mouth shovel but low and behold it is now his favourite. Perfect for digging in harder soil and for digging large holes.
The other important thing is tilling the soil. Now if like me you have a small bed then I simply till it by hand with a fork. This is great exercise too by the way. Word of warning you may not have energy to plant the same day you till. The other option is a proper tiller. These are petrol powered and fast an efficient. You can rent or buy them so if large scale is what you are looking for then this is what you need.
For trimming plants you need at the least a good set of secateurs these will be handy for trimming small and medium sized leaves and branches. Now when secateurs won’t cut it then you may need a set of bypass loopers. These are long handled secateurs and this allows you to get more muscle behind the chop. The other thing you may need if growing hedges is a set of hedge shears these have long flat blade for cutting large amounts of small branches to keep your hedges neat.
The other basics are a fan rake, a metal rake and a good old watering can. This is about all I have and have gathered it on an as needed basis so $20 here $30 there. I now have all the tools I need to tend my little patch and so will you. The other tip is to buy the best tool you can afford as the better quality the longer it will last. Buy what you are comfortable with.