Eric Hanson wrote:easydigging.com
Eric Hanson wrote:MJ,
Recently I have found a grub hoe to be a fantastic tool if you are planning on digging in the ground. I personally like the 6 inch one from easydigging.com.
However since I am recently using a lot of woodchips I favor the 7 inch hoe (I prefer the fiberglass handle but you do what you think is best) for digging, moving and generally work in the garden. I got mine from prohoe.com and can also be found at rougehoe.com.
Even though each of these are hoes, they can do a substantial amount of earth. A key to making these work is keeping the cutting edge sharp. Easydigging.com includes a very nice file with each long handled tool.
Actually I have yet to find a tool from any of these sites that isn’t first rate. The hoes & rakes are made of heavy forged steel and are nothing like their stamped steel counterparts found at typical big box stores.
Trace Oswald wrote:I have a broadfork and other assorted digging tools but in all honesty, my shovel, pitchfork, and wheel barrow get 90% of my use. Money for a really nice one of each of those is money well spent. I buy the best tools I can afford with the idea of never having to buy another one. And then take care of them the same way.
A nice hatchet is very helpful, as is a nice pruning saw.
I bought a Russian flat hoe here: Russian flat hoe I really like this tool, and I find myself using it more than I thought I would. It's versatile, cheap, sturdy, and should last a long time. If you make your own handle as I did, I recommend making a round handle rather than a flat one because the angle I use it at most often doesn't allow you to hold a flat handle well.