My favorite garden tool is a transplant spade that I have used for over 15 years. Like the much loved Velveteen Rabbit he has lost some of his fur....
As you can see, he has developed a crack and is no longer able to pry stones from planting holes without cracking completely down the center. Although spades aren't typically used to pry stones from planting holes...it's necessity in this yard; born from the gardener's habit of not planning ahead and leaving the keys to the garden shed inside.
It is abuse to continue to use him? I think not! I love this spade and have searched far and wide for his twin. Believe it or not, he was found at a Tuesday Morning store, not a fancy garden center. Wish I had gotten two of him. Have you seen his twin? Or maybe a close relative... Please let me know!
So, unable to locate a transplanting spade locally, I have decided to order a light weight, ergonomic transplanter from a Garden supply internet catalog. Wish me luck. Purchasing a tool on line without trying it out for weight and balance in your hands is a lot like buying a couch with out sitting on it. I will keep you updated.
Thank you Carol from May Dreams Gardens for organizing the Garden Bloggers' Hoe Down