The tell-tale credit card statement reveals that yours truly has been shopping for gardening tools. It’s spring – can you blame me?
While up north at the San Francisco Garden Show I stumbled upon the Lee Valley Tools booth. Oh dear, be still my heart. Before I knew it, my hands were wrapped around a Clarington Forge digging fork. Sturdy, rugged, hand-made, and for those of us who appreciate a good tool when we see one, beautiful. It was the easiest sale of the day. It arrived in the mail this week.
Behold the Clarington Forge Digging Fork
I broke my fiberglass digging fork about a month ago trying to uproot the Christmas Lima Bean that had grown all through summer…and winter… last year. Just the wrong application of pressure and I heard a snap. Since the digging fork is one of most valuable tools in a gardener’s tool shed, I couldn’t go for long without one.
I vowed that my next purchase would be a hand-made tool of wood and metal – no plastic. The Clarington Forge Digging Fork fit the bill.
Clarington Forge is a British company that has been making high-quality garden tools since 1780, as evidenced by the label below:
My fiberglass and plastic fork from Home Depot worked fine (except when it broke) but there’s something about having a tool that is hand-made by crafts people who have been doing it for 231 years. Yes, you’ll pay more for craftsmanship like this, but much like my Felco Pruners, I don’t expect to be buying another one for at least 15 years. BTW – it has a lifetime warranty.
For what do we use a digging fork?
Loosening soil at the beginning of the season
Working compost into a bed
Turning a compost pile (our main use)
Aerating a compost pile
Double digging a new bed
I’m sure I missed a few things, but you get the idea.
It’s only been a few days, but I’ve already formed a bond with my new digging fork. Want one? Visit Lee Valley Tools to see the stunning assortment of options.
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Thanks for sharing! I’ve never used one of those, but know people who have. Fun with tools!
My favorite tool of the year is the HoeDag… never had a hoe work so hard and I don’t. Really great tool, like your fork it is made in America, made of steel and a strong wooden handle