Trowel

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Found in ev­ery gar­dener’s bucket, the trowel is the tool of per­pet­ual de­light be­cause we as­so­ciate it with plant­ing. Its com­po­nent parts are very handy for set­ting out, with its over­all length of less than 1ft, blade of 6in and han­dle of 4in. The blade should be of steel and well rounded, as it’s in­tended to be pushed in ver­ti­cally and pulled to­wards you, not to flick away the soil as if it were a tea­spoon. For those fid­dling away in rock gar­dens and other crevice-like sit­u­a­tions, the pre­ferred vari­ant is the fern trowel, with its firm but slen­der blade. Stain­less-steel trowel, £9.95 or £15.99, Bur­gon & Ball (0114–233 8262; www.burg­onand­ball.com)

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