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Post  camprn on 3/31/2010, 3:50 pm

If any one remembers Smith & Hawken from the 1980s they carried a fabulous line of English garden tools. They also had a great line of child size garden tools. http://www.bulldogtools.co.uk/index.php?mod=4&rid=1&tid=11
There is a USA Link at this site: http://www.fredshed.co.uk/bulldogtools.htm
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Post  happyfrog on 3/31/2010, 4:44 pm

those are pretty. do you find you actually need more than a trowel though for sfg?

my kids just use my trowel - it's full sized - paid just under $2 for them - i have 3-4 floating around - aforementioned kids are always moving them, lol. (kids are 6,4,1 and can use the adult trowel just fine. mel's mix is so friable that it's not hard at all to mix up in the squares - even when adding in more compost)

i do want a hawes watering can someday though. . .drool. . .

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Post  camprn on 2/10/2013, 7:12 am

DO you have a favorite gardening tool that you just could not live without? Mine is a garden border fork made by this company. http://www.claringtonforge.com/ Sadly it needs a new handle still. Sad

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 2/10/2013, 9:38 am

I have a couple hand hoes that work great.

I have em in small, medium and large (mattock).


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Post  camprn on 2/10/2013, 9:59 am

@TN_GARDENER wrote:I have a couple hand hoes that work great.

I have em in small, medium and large (mattock).

I love my little hand hoe and cultivator combo too! Very Happy

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Post  Lindacol on 2/10/2013, 12:27 pm

I use an aluminum grain scoop. It becomes a large trowel for adding compost and the MM is loose enough that it is very useful for turning & mixing and it is large enough to use for carrying produce in from the garden. It probably holds at least 2 quarts.

I find myself using it so much more than the several trowels I have laying around the garden.



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Post  quiltbea on 2/10/2013, 1:11 pm

My favorite for weeding is a narrow stirrup hoe. Its long-handled so I can stand up straight and work the soil around the plants lightly to remove any new weeds. It gets right in between the squares easily.
Anything that keeps me from bending is a good thing.
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Post  Janas on 2/11/2013, 9:39 am

My favorite tools are my two rugged stainless steel trowels from Johnny's. Their unique shape is a delight, it makes it super easy to scrape out dirt from the corners and bottom edges of containers and the pointed tip makes an easy furrow. The handles are comfortably cushioned and the steel is strong, no more bending my tools when I pry out out buried rocks. A well-designed tool is a joy to use!

I have the all purpose trowel http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6452-trowel-all-purpose.aspx
plus the longer, narrower transplanting trowel http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6593-trowel-transplant.aspx

These were expensive but should outlive me.
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