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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!

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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,293

    You probably needed a Crowbar for that oneimage

    Spear and Jackson are a good makeimage

     

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,643

    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: 24,624

    Carboot or Sunday market cotty.

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

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,434

    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.

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,452

    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 DISTRICTPosts: 11,533

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

    http://www.photomazza.com/?Cynara-cardunculus

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,822

    Get a spear and jackson neverbend rootbreaker.

    http://www.toolandfix.com/spear-and-jackson-2422nb-neverbend-root-breaker-100mm-wide-tubular-steel-shaft.html?gclid=CMeOs_jLhMECFVDItAod5woAtA

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

    This does the job.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • LynLyn Posts: 9,486

    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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