An old table fork. It delicately teases out tiny plants & is easy to wiggle under the weeds & remove.
My wolf-garten weeding knife. Can attach it to small or or long handle, depending on what type of weed it is. Goes down a long way to get most, if not all, of a tap root out.
Also useful for chopping slugs in half.
When she lived in England, my Mum used to carry a small pair of snips and plastic bags in her pocket. If we were out walking the dogs and she saw something she liked the look of, she'd send me into the garden to take a 'Nicky bit'. They almost always rooted!
No wonder I disliked gardening for so long, was bought up not to steal, then sent by the same person who instilled the 'thou shalt not covet thy neighbours' buddliea' commandment to do exactly that!
I like my little hand fork for weed and loosening the surface of the soil, but they don't seem to sell them any more here.
May not be classed as a tool,but my long handled brush and pan that saves me bending down to pick up the garden rubbish. Also stops me making that terrible oooh noise when I bend down.
I too like long handled brush and pan. My best tool for digging up weeds and making hole to put plants in is my late husband fish gutting knife. Just had thought maybe good to use on slugs as well. Would hate to lose it so always keep eye on where I put it down. Usually in bucket with other hand tools and gloves etc
every tool I have has a purpose from a pH meter to a border fork bought in TK max of all places but I have used it to turn over my 10 x 20 plot
I would say my dutch hoe, hand trowel and ratchet pruners, I use the hoe for just about everything even doing the lawn edges, I do have a lawn edger but the handle's not as long as I like.