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The Essential Gardening Tool Kit (page 3 of 11)

While a good-quality set of tools will not do the work for you, they certainly make gardening tasks easier and more enjoyable than attempts made using inferior or unsuitable products.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Spade Used to Harvest Potatoes

Earth up potatoes with a spade.

Types of Spades and Forks

  • Standard spade: With its large 11 x 8 inch blade, this is good for working large areas efficiently.
  • Border spade: A smaller blade makes this lighter to work with and suitable for digging in small gardens.
  • Digging fork: With four 12-inch-long prongs (tines), this is the ideal tool for heavy cultivation.
  • Border fork: With four shorter and narrower tines, this is lighter than a digging fork and perfect for tight spaces.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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