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should i just give up or buy a new fork!?

I did this trying to dig up a 7 foot (triffid) cardoon.

I need a new fork,what make is best and what is the best value?

Buy cheap,you buy twice!





  • You probably needed a Crowbar for that oneimage

    Spear and Jackson are a good makeimage


  • granmagranma Posts: 1,879

    Sorry can't help you there  Cotty but what you have said has helped me make my mind up about cardoons I have some and they will stay where they areimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Carboot or Sunday market cotty.

    All my best tools are either family heirlooms or second (3rd, 4th?) handimage

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 9,259

    Mr Chicky has done that to countless forks - doesn't know his own strengthimage.  We eventually invested in a Bulldog one - expensive, but three years on he still hasn't destroyed it (and i'm sure he hasn't been treating it gently).  I would certainly recommend it.

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,941

    I'm a tool mangler too cottyimage

    I did the same thing recently but with two bent prongs, digging up a lupin.

    I replaced it with an all steel Faithfull (sic) because I liked the cut of its jib; its prongs seem sturdy but time will tell...

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,781

    Can't recommend any particular brand of fork, but here are a few interesting facts about cardoons (and their roots).

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,807

    Get a spear and jackson neverbend rootbreaker.

    I broke a fork last year trying to dig up jap anemones in clay.

    This does the job.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,759

    Being a TA, I think you should not give up on that one, just take it to the local blacksmith and get a new prong welded on.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I avvice you buy a better quality one, even not too expensive??? but it can work long long time, it's worthyimage

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