Tool of the Week - Lightweight Border Spade

By

Lee Bestall
Spades & Forks
22nd March 2011

Hello and welcome to my first ever gardening blog.  Over the coming weeks and months, join me as I'll be following a year in the life of a first time blogger.  As a trained horticulturalist and garden designer, I'll be guiding you through the seasons ahead, sharing tips, successes and failures and exploring some of the new and inventive products on the market.
 
After what seems like the longest winter on record, never mind the coldest, spring has finally arrived this week, and you've only to pop your head out of the door to smell the new growth.  Take a deep breath of the cool fresh air and fill your lungs, enjoying the warm sun on your face.  At a time when people are talking recession and general doom and gloom, I take great pleasure in knowing that however bad things get, the spring and summer will arrive and bring with it that natural sense of well being.  The Crocuses are in full flower and the beautiful dusty white 'bloom' on the Primula denticulata, unmarked by man nor animal, will only last a few days before getting washed off by the rain, so take the time to get up close and enjoy it.
 
This year is the first spring season here at the Spear & Jackson garden, and i'm looking forward to cultivating a wide range of plants, flowers, vegetables and even some fruit. 
 
Its a small garden, with a modern courtyard around one side, family lawn area with raised borders around the other and to the front, a modern take on a traditional cottage border.  Later on in the year you will see how the garden develops and every week I'll be posting pictures of how we're progressing, but for now I'll leave you to enjoy the fresh smell of spring, oh, and to relax, as the good news is they'll be no cut backs as far as the weeds are concerned ... they are in full growth!
 
Tool of the week

LITEWORK BORDER SPADE - 5194LW

Click here for more details on the Litework Border Spade.

LITEWEIGHT BORDER SPADE

This weeks tool is probably one of the most well used in the garden, and even non gardeners often have an old rusty one lurking around in their garage or shed.  The humble spade has a multitude of uses, from digging on the veg plot and planting trees, to chopping up clods and even acts as a resting place for the local robin, but a well loved spade is a thing to cherish.  Many old spades are quite heavy, and when loaded with wet clay soil, can be even more weighty.

That's why the clever people at Spear & Jackson have come up with this ingenious new lightweight version.

The Liteweight border spade still maintains the strength of a standard spade, but is 25% lighter than their standard border spades, which means you can dig for longer!  I've been using this spade since the beginning of the season, and I love it.  The smooth handle and sturdy shaft, make digging on a sunny spring day a real pleasure, oh and the robin loves it too!

Bye for now !
 
Lee 'The Gardener'

Next week, sowing annual seeds in the cottage gard

Watch Lee in action in 'The Spear & Jackson Garden' - This week the Border Spade

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Lee Bestall

Lee Bestall

As a horticulturalist and garden designer, I'll be guiding you through the seasons ahead, sharing tips, successes and failures and exploring some of the new and inventive products on the market.

Join me to see what jobs I recommend you should be doing in the garden each month.