Above: My garden needs quite a bit of trimming over the months
(photo taken Aug 2012).
Have you ever been asked what your favourite garden tool is? I do love my garden tools. I’m not sure about a favourite, but I have tools that I use regularly and couldn’t do without, such as:
- Hand fork for weeding;
- Digging fork;
- Spade / shovel;
- Hand sheers;
- Bucket; scissors; wheelbarrow; twine; sticks/ poles.
With roughly an acre of a garden, which includes lots of hedge, shrubs, trees, perennials and other plants I’ve gone through quite a few garden tools over the years, and broken several digging forks and numerous secateurs. This year I’m trying a new brand (new to me) – Spear and Jackson as I’ve read good things about them. I’ve gone for value for money, and since I needed several tools, I saw that Argos had a three piece set (secateurs, hand shears, and loppers, plus a free blade sharpener) for £34.99 (now reduced to £29.99). I’m also trying out their digging fork too – a necessity in Northern Ireland’s clay soil! I’m hoping to have these tools for a lifetime. They seem quite sturdy.
Below: One of my first tasks was digging over an area to make a new planting bed. This may sound easy but with compacted clay soil it’s a tough job. Two or three days later I have the soil dug over (I find the fork more useful than a spake for this), and plants planted. I love those purple Heuchera! And I love that hostas are so easy to divide in early Spring to make lots of new plants.
Argos also sell Spear and Jackson so if you want to have a look – click here
Do you have a favourite garden tool?
Or a favourite garden figurine (gnomes and such)? Do tell!
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