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Automatic fork/spade

I came across one of these for sale while idly perusing the gardening section of the French equivalent of Gumtree

Oddest thing I've seen recently! Even on that nice easy soil all it seems to do is flip it over for you. Now, if it would do my sort of average soil, pick out the creeping cinqfoil and strip off the surface layer of grass/general weeds, that would be something!

Any takers?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417
    I don't think it would deal with the bricks/glass/asbestos/plastic that form a large part of my 'soil'

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,952
    Best old item I have is an original 'Garden Claw'.  Far superior to the new imitations.  It was my Mum's, and she used it for years in her clay borders.  I now use it in the Springto break up compaction of the soil in my borders.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,315
    You might also wish to consider one of these.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,530
    That soil!  I would be on my hands and knees kissing it rather than turning it over.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • You and me both, @didyw!

    Thanks for the tip off, @B3, I shall be ordering one directly.
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