What would you pick?
It’s a question that ran through my mind recently when I came across a post by a fellow #gdnblogger , in which he sets out a list of his top 10 bits of kit. You can read it here – highly reccomend you give it a read it but be wary – you may have to rewrite your Christmas list afterwards.
So as I say it got me thinking – I have a wide arsenal of tools that come in handy for a number of different jobs as I would imagine most gardeners do. But’s what my number 1?
Whenever there’s a pruning job to complete I always have the battle of choosing which secateurs to use – the Felco 2s or the okatsunes – both beautiful tools and both an absolute treat to use – either will get the job done. But they’re not my favourite.
No, deep down, if I had to pick , in the end I would always come back to this charming feller:
It was Made by Elwell at sometime during the 1940’s .
It’s smaller than a normal border fork which mean’s it ideal for really getting in between the plants in the border. I’m not actually a big fan of using it – there’s no doubt it’s a strong tool but I still fear I might one day break it. If I could I’d hang it on a wall and have it on display ( bit much?), but I know I know in doing so I would be paying it a huge disservice. I’m thankful now I made that decision – as I say it’s proved to be really handy when weeding and generally digging over the soil in those awkward areas.
Here it is next to a full sized digging fork to give you an idea of it’s size.
( from what I can gather after doing a little online research) Elwell, were at one time the best manufacturer of garden tools in the world, their forgery dating back to 1799 – they went on to merge with spear and Jackson to become ‘spearwell’ before Spear and Jackson took them over completely at sometime during the latter half of the 20th Century.
I’m no antique collector (or expert)- this just caught my eye one day and I had to have it. I’m unsure of it’s history but I’d like to believe that it was perhaps used by a gardener of the ‘ dig for victory’ campaign during the Second World War. Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t. I’ll never know. If only it could speak. Scratch that. Having thought about it I like not knowing. It’s enigmatic and I believe there lies the charm of it.
I’m glad too that I am now part of it’s long history.
I’d like to try and keep it in as good condition as possible for a working tool – if anyone has any tips to manage that I’d be more than grateful to hear them.