Kitchen Garden Best Buy and Top Picks

Here are our favourite gardening products for October, chosen for their quality, effectiveness and value for money

BEST BUY

TRADITIONAL DIGGING FORK

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This fork has a mirror-polished, stainless steel head and a weatherproofed, hardwood shaft with a wishbone handle.

KG VERDICT

This is an excellent fork for a range of gardening tasks. We found it relatively light to use but at the same time sturdy. Strong rivets connect the stainless steel head to the shaft. The wishbone handle and the weatherproofed shaft made it easy on the palms. We particularly liked the smooth way it slid into the ground, and that the soil didn’t stick to the tines. Comes with a 10-year guarantee.

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SPEAR & JACKSON
www.spear-and-jackson.com
TEL: 0114 281 4242
PRODUCT CODE: 4550DF
PRICE: £39.99

TOP PICK

POTATO FORK

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The bayonet-shaped prongs of this traditional potato fork are designed to avoid damaging the crop when lifting them. It has a solid forged head and cap and ferrule socket for extra strength, four hardened and tempered prongs and an ash shaft with a T-shaped handle.

KG VERDICT

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Though heavier than other forks, this is just what you need when digging up rows of potatoes and for harvesting some other root crops too. It’s a sturdy tool and the flatter tines are perfect when it comes to lifting the potatoes you have uprooted. Also quite good for lifting and spreading organic matter.

SUTTONS
www.suttons.co.uk
TEL: 0333 043 0700
PRODUCT CODE: 581400
PRICE: £39.99

TOP PICK

ERGONOMIC™ GARDEN FORK

This Fiskars garden fork is ergonomically designed to take the strain off joints. The handle is set at a 17-degree angle and the steel shaft has a plastic coating. The head is set at an angle of 13 degrees and has boron steel prongs.

KG VERDICT

A lot of thought has gone into the design of this fork. The angle of the handle takes the strain off the wrist and the angle of the head gives extra leverage when digging. The plastic coating is good for the grip and also insulates the hands when digging in cold weather. A comparatively light fork which belies its strength. Great for strain-free digging.

FISKARS
www.fiskars.com
TEL: 01782 204141
PRODUCT CODE: 1001413
PRICE GUIDE: From £32.95

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