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Post  camprn 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 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 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 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 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).

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

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Post  Lindacol 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 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 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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Post  OhioGardener 1/29/2023, 2:53 pm

My favorite new tool is a Workforce Soil Knife I found one day while browsing through Menards gardening section.  The small head is excellent for loosening the soil around the plants, or making holes for setting in new transplants. It has a sharp point on the end that would be handy for weeding, too, if the bed happened to have any weeds.

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Post  yolos 1/31/2023, 6:16 pm

I don't know if this is called a tool, but it is the best thing I have in my garden that helps me.  Have to have it to harvest pole beans and okra.  Very sturdy.

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Post  sanderson 2/2/2023, 3:54 am

My light weight ladder is one of my favorite tools, also.  (Along with the hand trowel, seedling straw and chopstick as a small seed dibble)

My most valuable tool is my purple stool/kneeler with tool pouch from Gardeners Supply.  I can sit at the 2' tall beds and plant, clean and amend. https://www.gardeners.com/buy/kneeler-tool-pouch/34-315.html?recommendationId=2406747015811
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Post  Soose 2/3/2023, 6:03 pm

I'm liking this handtool with mini-claw and ... mini-hoe on the other end from Rural King. ( Actually not sure if I like it because it was dirt inexpensive compared to the first one I saw which was many times more the cost.) 

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Post  Soose 2/3/2023, 6:07 pm

Oh, no, I should have said, the overall family favorite is the two new "Gorilla Carts" from Lowe's, 4 cu ft.  Went and bought a second one (as there are 3 of us working at a time), it was so popular.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Gorilla-Carts-4-Poly-Yard-Cart/1000848642
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