* Comfortable, light & easy to use,
* Special gardening tool heads well-suited to the job,
* Easy to grip handles, will apply more of your effort...
Organic gardeners like us rely more than other gardeners on gardening tools. We appreciate more than most the savings in time and effort not to mention extra comfort that come from well-designed and well-made gardening hand tools and accessories.
Remember that with close-up gardening jobs, tool size is less important, and the design of the tool head and handle are very important. And I've found the small gardening tools described here simply make gardening a pleasure to do. (Get information on larger garden tools - forks, hoes, rakes from this link.) - Below you'll discover the small gardening tools and methods I use to tackle these jobs easily:-
Effective Specialised Tool Heads OR
Comfortable Ergonomic Tool Handles
Unfortunately garden tools manufacturers don't seem to have advanced BOTH tool head AND handle design in one tool. They need to combine their Patents because it's usually one or the other.
But if you are disabled - have arthritis or reduced grip - I suggest that you seriously consider the information on ergonomic handles detailed below.
While below, you'll find the more effective gardening tool heads to focus on getting your gardening job done well.
You can get a firm and comfortable grip on the chunky handle of this tool. The grubber feels like a sturdy extension of your hand. Its down pointing prongs drag out the annual weeds, debris, and clean off the soil surface.
Pull the grubber away from your cultivated plants and you won't damage their roots.
These Tools are Pushed Straight Down and Twisted, Levered or Drawn Out
<< On the left the Weed Extractor slices lateral roots as it's pushed in next to the weed. Twist and pull, and the flanges hook the remaining lateral roots and extract your weed.
For blocks and paving, and path edges use the sharp knife and hook on the right. You can cut and lever out plants that have rooted in crevices. Joint Scraper. >>
The Planting Knife >>
The handle and narrow head of the Planting Knife are designed to dig straight down deep. Use it to lift small tap roots: carrots, radish, beetroot; for planting into small spaces, in the rock garden, and especially with pots and containers. You can also use it in lawns to cut out weeds.
Soil slips off a trowel when you dig, but this alternative curved profile holds onto earth. It's easily removes earth from holes with a straight lift. A serrated edge cuts through a hard root ball and dried compost. Your Soil Scoop also makes easy work of filling and planting containers and hanging baskets.
The blades penetrate the soil when you twist and push. You extract the soil core and release soil plug back into the hole by squeezing the button.
Although the Planting Knife will do for small bulbs, when you have lots of bulbs to plant a bulb planter makes sense. You can also get long-handled bulb planters for when you want to make all the holes before doing the planting. It helps to visualise the arrangement. Bulb baskets are very useful too. You can easily lift and keep your bulbs tidy.
These Tools are Hacked Downward, Levered and Drawn Back
The Planting Hoe / Small Mattock
Use this double headed hand fork / mattock to break into tough and rough ground. You can hack through weeds debris and hard soil surfaces. This tool easily works around and between plants.
Also use the mattock to make planting holes and to lift small plants such as young onions, beetroot, radish, lettuce etc... especially plants where you don't want to break the roots up.
Prongs can be used to lift small fibrous rooted weeds and flower plants; also to cultivate soil and prepare drills before sowing.
Stab Forward with a Low Angle of Attack, Push Down to Lever and Lift Earth
A straight handle makes hard work of low angle weeding and cultivating.
The Z-shaped handle attachment provides added leverage. Drive the tool forward with a low angle of attack, then push the handle down to lift, weed and cultivate. This works best with a flat tined fork.
Round tines like those illustrated right are good for rock gardens where they are used at a steeper angle. Gardening Trowel and Fork.
The handle below clunk-clicks onto the tool heads described here. (Note: some tools come complete with handle)
But you can get more advanced ergonomic handles for a limited set of tool heads see below...
A BENT WRIST LEADS TO STRAIN
Traditional garden hand tools have straight handles mainly because they're easier to make. But when working with hand trowels and forks this causes the wrist to be bent down. So why not bend the tool handle into a vertical instead. New materials make it possible.
Comfortable Ergonomic Handles Avoid Stress
This picture illustrates the natural grip and posture of your hand. These are the strongest and most comfortable holds that you can make.
Now compare this with a typical posture when holding a straight tool handle. You see how you have to bend your wrist down to align the tool head for the job. Then you have to apply force through your bent wrist. You'll find a more comfortable alternative below...
Traditional tool handles have been designed because they are easy to make by turning on a lathe. The spike at the base of the tool head is knocked straight on and secured with a ferrule. Unfortunately we've simply come to accept the discomfort as necessary when doing gardening.
Easi Grip Gardening Tools Fork
But with the help of new materials and methods you can indeed make gardening more comfortable. Ergonomic designs work in harmony with the human body to maximise effort. Here are a few examples.
Notice that your push and lift action with the trowel and fork has added leverage due to the z shape attaching head and handle. The 3-pronged cultivator is inline with the tool head because it is worked by pulling and lifting. All these tools give you a strong grip and let you apply force in the direction you want it.
...and you can get tool handles to clip onto the side of long handled tools.
Style May Not Be The Most Appealing,
Handling May Need A little Getting Used To,
*But Why Let That Stop You --- When You're Enjoying Gardening
**These tools are for everyone
Specialised Ergonomic Gardening Tools Are
Available For You Below...