Garden means soil. And dirt means digging! Digging is one of the most common tasks in the garden. And it’s not an easy job! See how it can be made easier with the right tools.
- Digging up the soil to plant trees.
- Digging the soil to prepare it for planting plants.
- We dig the soil to make furrows.
- We dig the soil to make flower beds.
- We dig the soil to make it frothy.
Two tools that have helped me a lot in the garden
Next, I’ll introduce you to the two tools that have helped me a lot in the soil garden.
They have made my life much easier and more relaxing.
They have helped me to finish my digging tasks quickly and without much effort.
The name “Trench How”, refers to a very specialized tool. How many furrows can one dig in the garden, after all?
Personally, I haven’t dug a single furrow with it. That’s not how I use it. Ha! Ha!
And yet this pointy hoe is the perfect tool for digging up the soil quickly and easily. Something you can’t accomplish with the standard hoe (they’re also called square hoes or mud hoes).
Especially if you’re dealing with hard soil, or if you want to dig deep to plant a tree.
From a certain depth onwards, no matter how fluffy the soil is on the surface, hard soil is encountered. Soil that is not easily dug with a square hoe.
The trench hoe, however, with its mother’s nose, has no problem at all! It goes into the soil like it’s butter!
My trench hoe is the Bellota 150-A groove hoe. At the time of writing this article, it costs 26.10 Euros. It will be one of the best purchases you will ever make for the garden and for yourself!!!
With this trench hoe, I am no longer afraid of digging. I know it will be easy. I can easily dig holes to put trees in. I can loosen the topsoil quickly and easily.
At the same time, I also use the square hoe to pull weeds. The furrow hoe is not good for this job. The furrow hoe is for making the hard stuff easy!
From my father I inherited a classic trowel with a long wooden spike.
A trowel, for perhaps someone who doesn’t know, is a shovel that has one end pointed to go into the ground easily and the other end has treads so you can step on it and use your weight to help it go into the ground. It’s nothing like the classic shovel used in construction for mixing mud or transporting materials.
My experience with the inherited shovel was not the best. It was heavy and unwieldy. But mostly it didn’t get into the soil like it was supposed to. In short, for me it was useless, especially for the hard soil that my garden has in many places.
But recognizing the value and place of a good trowel for garden work, I went out looking.
And I found at Praktiker this lux Pointed Shovel with Stylus Handle “D”. At the time of writing this article, it costs 19,90 Euro.
It turned out to be much better than I expected!
- It is robust
- It is lightweight
- It is easy to handle
- It has a good grip
- It has a very good grip
- It can be used as a shovel as well as a regular shovel
- Goes easily into the soil
- It is not expensive
I have been using it for more than 10 years and it is like new. It hasn’t rusted or worn out.
If you ask me if I recommend it, the answer is a big YES. It has made my life very easy.
It has even replaced all my other shovels. With it I can dig, make cement, haul materials. Do all the work!
Choose the right hand tools for the garden
I hope this article, will be an excuse for you to find the tools that suit you and your gardening needs.
If you want my advice, if a tool you have is not satisfying or difficult, look for a better one.
The convenience that the right tool will give you in the garden will make you truly happy and more creative.
Digging and gardening will no longer be a nightmare or a chore.
You will quickly finish the “boring” tasks and focus on what you really enjoy doing in the garden.