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Okay, something slightly different, if I asked what garden tool you could not do without, which garden tool would it be?
"There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true"


  • Mattock. 

    I wouldn't be able to plant in my garden without it!
    East Yorkshire
  • AstraeusAstraeus Posts: 335
    Given my experience of a complete garden overhaul last year, I'd agree - mattock. I was told that I'd find it useful. How useful, I'd never have believed you!
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
    Well, it would be my small spade. The trowel gets the most use, but there are certain things I can do with a spade that I can't with a trowel.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Hand fork. I spend enormous amounts of time turning over the surface to remove weeds and keep the surface friable. And a mucking-out fork for the compost, repurposed from younger, happy days.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743
    My Fork. 
    It was given to me in 1987 by a 72 year old gardener who was retiring 
    " This fork is 50 years old " he told me 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,996
    edited February 2021
    My old Dutch hoe ... I keep the blade clean and honed and tickle the surface of the veg patch before breakfast to dislodge weedlings so that their roots fry in the sunshine. 👍 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • My hand fork
  • I'd say for us our 'Widget' . Here we grow our plants from our seeds we gather every year from our own garden even our Runner Beans, We do a lot of potting on started yesterday and their good for filing the compost around the bigger pots.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,750
    One tool I love, and saves me a lot of work, is a Garden Claw.  It was my mother's originally and is brilliant for breaking up the surface pack which forms on the borders over winter.  We have fairly light soil so it does a brilliant job.  Much easier than using a border fork as there is no bending required.
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400
    Love my hori - hori.  Was introduced to it at a garden where I volunteer and now would not be without it.  Also makes me feel like a fierce warrior every time it comes out of its holster 🗡 ⚔️ 🗡 
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