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Trowel and error: four selections to save you the trouble

Nurseryman's Trowel

Nurseryman's Trowel

Like an old friend, a truly well-crafted nurseryman's trowel (also known as a standard hand trowel) can be your companion for years. Its wooden handle (usually of ash) is shaped to fit the hand, and is attached to a high-grade steel blade that needs just a quick rasping each season to keep it sharp and effective. The trowel has innumerable uses in the garden, and for weeding and digging, it's absolutely essential, so spend the money on a high-quality specimen.

Trake

Trake

The "trake" (trowel + rake = trake) takes two good ideas and turns them into one handy tool. Well-designed and balanced of lightweight, solid-cast aluminum, it has a molded grip with a clever thumb rest that works both ways for easy use and dexterity. If you've ever found yourself out in the garden lacking just the right tool at your side, the trake may just save you a trip back to the shed. Available from retailers nationwide and on the Internet for around $25.

English Poacher's Spade

English Poacher's Spade

Also known as a transplanting or rabbiting spade, the story goes that this tool was used way back when by groundskeepers (or poachers!) for "coaxing" rabbits or other small rodents out of holes or burrows they created in the garden and elsewhere about the estate. Today, its uses are quite different. In the garden, this spade's scooped narrow blade is indispensable for digging, especially in narrow spaces and around existing plants. Available from retailers nationwide and on the Internet, starting at under $50.

Korean Hand Trowel

Korean Hand Trowel

Also known as a Korean hand plow (or homi), this tool has a very sharp point that actually pierces the soil. Used by farmers for ages, this is a multi-purpose tool that lets you tackle myriad garden jobs: weeding, digging trenches for planting, cultivating, you name it. Made of hand-forged steel with a wooden handle, this trowel is available from retailers nationwide and on the Internet starting at around $20.



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This segment appears in show #2706.

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Published August 31, 2007