By Jolene Sweet. Hand Tools. Published at Wednesday, August 08th, 2018 - 18:51:46 PM.
Tools for Tilling - A Good Shovel and a Spade - Keep in mind that this a small patch garden. Your most important tilling implement is a good shovel or spade. This is the workhorse, a real jack of all trades that hit almost every category. And I mean the Big Box stores. There is no point in going cheap here. I have taken the cheap route before, and you are lucky if the tool lasts one season. This is a lifetime purchase if done well; you will be back here in a year or two if you screw up, so buy the best you can afford. I am a big fan of all metal spades; I have had the one I am currently dating for a decade. I am using this tool in a professional capacity and using it for my home garden; I have dug trees and shrubs, transplanted and split many perennials and grass, cut sod and roots, and even hammered a few stakes with it and I foresee several more decades of the same.
Swivels - A variety of swivels is also desired. Flies, Jigs and Lures - Your different flies, jigs and lures can take up a lot of space, so be selective. Floats and Bobbers - If you use them, an odd assortment of floats and bobbers are stored in the box by most enthusiasts. They are very light weight and do not take up much space in your average size box. Line - A spool of spare line and a length trace are very important requirements. If things go wrong and you lose your line you should be able to replace it. I was once traveling to an isolated fishing spot and had to drive on a narrow dirt track lined with thorn trees.
Spading Fork - A spading forks four tines are much heavier than those of a pitchfork. If well-made, its a rugged tool, built to do battle with soil and the rocks it contains without bending. It pierces the ground more easily than would a shovel or a spade and is great for pre-loosening soil that you can then lift out with a shovel, and for breaking up heavy soil clumps so that amendments can be added. The stubborn, matted roots of meadow grasses yield to it and can then be yanked intact. Dandelions are pulled out unbroken if a spading fork has probed around them. The digging fork, a similar tool with flattened tines, is the best one for prying out root crops such as carrots and potatoes.
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