Fork

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

The fork is in­tended to re­duce the clods left by the spade to a finer tilth ready for plant­ing. The tines, typ­i­cally four, are again sub­tly curved, a de­sir­able fea­ture read­ily dam­aged by care­less use. The back of the tines is an ex­cel­lent tool for fur­ther re­duc­ing the size of clods. A light prick­ing-over of the soil (some call it firkling) pro­vides a neat fin­ish at the end of a plant­ing job. Vari­ants in­clude the potato fork, with broad, flat tines aimed at lift­ing tu­bers with­out harm­ing them, and the gripe or muck-fork, ideal for shov­el­ling au­tumn leaves into a bar­row. Gar­den fork with choice of han­dle, £44.10, Bull­dog Tools (www.bull­dog­tools.co.uk; 01279 401572)

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